The Queen's University Talk: The Rising Tide of Compelled Speech

11 Mär 2018
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I was invited to Queen's University March 5 to give the inaugural lecture/discussion of the Liberty Lecture series, funded by Faculty of Law alumnus, Gregory Piasetzki (LLB 1980).
Dr. Bruce Pardy (law.queensu.ca/faculty-research/faculty-directory/pardy) and I discussed the increasingly frequent requirements for compelled speech that characterize the Canadian sociopolitical landscape.
The entire event was, in a word, surreal. Initial controversy over its acceptability rose to the point where the Dean of the Law School William Flanagan and Principal of Queen’s Daniel Woolf wrote missives in defence of free speech (the former: bit.ly/2EQJDm3; the latter: bit.ly/2tJB8VB). The Queen's University "Human Rights Office" posted a link to the Levana Gender Advocacy Centre and Education on Queer Issues Project "active support" efforts during this event at their “Trans-Positive and People of Colour Positive Chill-In” in Dunning Hall, room 11, where there was coloring pages, music, food, and discussion.
The 900 or so people who attended (who comported themselves admirably and thoughtfully throughout) were subject to a continual 90-minute barrage of noise generated by the protestors, who leaped up on the stained glass windows lining the hall and banged continually on them, breaking one. Inside, we could see shadowy figures dimly outlined through the colored glass. The outside doors were barricaded. One protestor was caught on film saying "Lock them in and burn it down." The din was substantial and ominous, although it is much attenuated in this video, due to the nature of the microphones used, which were designed to pick up speech close at hand.
The protestor who broke the window was arrested, but not before she bit a policeman, attempted to kick the back window out of a police cruiser, and was found to be in possession of a garrotte, a particularly brutal weapon with no defensive utility whatsoever (bit.ly/2HoTDAu). The man who cursed so profoundly and eloquently near the beginning of the lecture accosted me and my crew after the talk, and yelled and cursed and threatened at close quarters during our 200-yard walk from the venue to the parkade.
No one who was at this event will forget it.
Not good. Not good at all.
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KOMMENTARE
  • Good men

    Craig BennettCraig BennettVor Tag
  • I wish more of the protestors (the more reasonable calm ones) were able to ask more questions.

    KayCrazyKayCrazyVor 2 Tage
  • It’s just Old loud AC unit lol

    Farbod PourmandFarbod PourmandVor 2 Tage
  • These 'protestors' are nothing but mentally disabled Hitler Youth.

    Kiss My_ButtKiss My_ButtVor 2 Tage
  • The irony of the fascists banging on the windows while people talk about free speech is chilling

    X BX BVor 12 Tage
  • oh man i wanted to slap the shit out of the bitches that knock on the window, but i guess i would just fall to their level doing that.

    Prokletý BásníkProkletý BásníkVor 13 Tage
  • Jordan is my hero.

    Amira ZAmira ZVor 13 Tage
  • They are worse than the 3-years-old boys. A complete disgrace.

    Huy VuHuy VuVor 18 Tage
  • bruh. this is amazing

    Nick MarshNick MarshVor 20 Tage
  • nice to see all the disease outside

    YettiYettiVor 22 Tage
  • That trans person outside, who defends allowing Prof. Peterson to speak, makes an heroic stand, which is allowed by the crowd only because of the way he/she/they/them look(s). Would the mob have been so benign if the presentation were more conventional? In fact, they don't make any effort to read the sign (which supports those who defend "to the death" the individual's right to disagree). Their not getting in this person's face is a textbook example of identity politics-- based shallowly on appearance alone -- proving how antithetical and intellectually lazy the ideologue mind is. Despite it's clumsiness and impedimental nature, the optional pronouns I ran together in addressing the above mentioned person are employed as a measure of respect, but not because I was compelled by fiat to do so, and because it's impossible to know which is preferred, even with the luxury of being able to replay the segment. Respect is not a right, it's an earned privilege.

    Barry KochBarry KochVor 22 Tage
  • 22:30 "There is no indication these people know what they are protesting against". Hatred needs no reason, especially in a world that teaches that reason is a form of vile whiteness.

    Darryl NelsonDarryl NelsonVor 23 Tage
    • Update three years later: 46:30 A father is in jail recently for referring to his daughter as 'his daughter' and as 'she'. The barbarians have breached the gate already.

      Darryl NelsonDarryl NelsonVor 23 Tage
  • Many of this generation suffer from a kind of schizophrenia that involves, on the one hand, hubris/superbia and, on the other, incompetence.

    mujakumujakuVor 25 Tage
  • Love you Jordan peterson ❤

    DIMITRIOS LOVE YOUDIMITRIOS LOVE YOUVor 25 Tage
  • I honestly couldn't have thought of a more cinematic pannel.

    Elijah MasseyElijah MasseyVor 25 Tage
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    George CollierGeorge CollierVor 27 Tage
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    Ludmila MaleevaLudmila MaleevaVor Monat
  • Those young adults pounding on the doors trying to stomp out free speech are the same type of people who openly called for and jeered at Jesus Christ as He hung from the cross.

    Kimberly JuelfsKimberly JuelfsVor Monat
  • The Trans person in the crowd at the end is holding a sign that says - 'I may not agree with what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.'

    Jessique BowieJessique BowieVor Monat
  • Im Trans and I support Jordan Peterson 100%. These Marxist Wokers dont speak for me. Free speech, Liberty and Democracy need to be defended with everything we have... now more than ever

    Jessique BowieJessique BowieVor Monat
  • in the end one can see the real fascists demonstrating outside instead of discusting inside to make their point clear. shame on them.

    ich binich binVor Monat
  • What was the girls spraying to the crowd ? lol 😂

    lomi Kassalomi KassaVor Monat
  • The political system must be updated because it looks extremely corrupted and dysfunctional. Also it is very hard to update it because it is guarded by the corruption and power. As an example,when a journalist asked the candidates for president if any of them was not financed by corporations ,they all accepted they did. The only candidate which wasn't was Trump,but he wasn't a candidate chosen by the people but by the people who benefited the most from him. It should be another way to clarify things because the people are confused and most of them don't understand what is really going on. Smart people should teach the people how to improve the system,giving ideas of how to improve it. Jordan looks very scared of it.

    Sali ShahoSali ShahoVor Monat
  • The actions of the protestors made Dr. Peterson's point. They proved him right!

    John BowersJohn BowersVor Monat
  • I am 48yrs old. I live in the UK. as a teen I visited, as part of a schools programme, communist Russia. at the time I believed wholeheartedly, Marxist theory on equality (specifically (and I think exclusively) with regards to material wealth. in truth I felt extremely guilty about my own families success when I saw how many of my classmates were struggling to get by. when I returned to England I was no longer a communist. I had a realisation of my own patronisation of the poor. in the soviet union, I saw first hand how average members of the public, and those working for the regime, had to criminalise themselves to earn extra, needed, funds. I saw police officers changing dollars and pounds in the street. I purchased badges of office from officials. I purchased items from suitcase wielding free-marketeers! my point is this: I also remember the freedoms we had in the UK. the freedoms that were so important, natural and sadly taken for granted. when I look back at how things were in the '70s, 80,s and 90's and every decade previous, I despair. then I see people like Jordan Peterson. we need to acknowledge that because of his success and formal credentials, he could just have easily taken the opposing viewpoint. thank the gods he didn't. as I watch the recording its not the speaker who warms my despairing heart, its the young people who applaud the speaker. so much rests on their acknowledgement of the tyranny we are under. at least I now have hope for the freedoms of the future. thank you, Mr Peterson.

    Nik AshfordNik AshfordVor Monat
  • Jordan Peterson is the antidote for shallow thinking. His thoughts illustrate the importance of reason, our Marxist “betters” want to snuff him out, they almost succeeded. His movement will never die, they will suffocate in their delusional dystopia. Never waver.

    218philip218philipVor Monat
  • Mark my words..".these are not your friends. " ..deep

    M.N.L. AshongM.N.L. AshongVor Monat
  • I feel so bad for the guy in the beginning talking about open and respectful debate. Sorry bud but your university failed you in the worst possible way

    Tony Talks BackTony Talks BackVor Monat
  • "Political correctness is facism pretending to be manners". George Carlin "Political correctness is America's newest form of intolerance, and it is especially pernicious because it comes disguised as tolerance. It presents itself as fairness, yet attempts to restrict and control people's language with strict codes and rigid rules. I'm not sure that's the way to fight discrimination. I'm not sure silencing people or forcing them to alter their speech is the best method for solving problems that go much deeper than speech." George Carlin, When Will Jesus Bring the Pork Chops?

    Greg JamesGreg JamesVor Monat
  • "if you matter than you should act like you matter"

    Eric GruenhagenEric GruenhagenVor Monat
  • What could illustrate the speaker's point more clearly than the morons who show up 10 minutes into the event.

    Rick RRick RVor Monat
  • I would have knocked those soyboys out in the name of free speech and hardline education. Someone has to show them that actions have consequences.

    VCRAGEVCRAGEVor Monat
  • In reference to the last question that's because communist Russia , and communist China both had ties to the western world's central bankers. Fascism was a response to the left and the bankers. Carrol Quigley who was the house historian of the CFR( arguably America's most influential think tank) and he was bill Clinton's mentor. He said there was never a country who had removed the interests if the big banks from the political decision making process as Nazi Germany. Hitler's economic revolution in Germany had reduced financial considerations to a point where they played no role in economic or political decisions. Carroll Quigley

    Paul SansonettiPaul SansonettiVor Monat
    • "Political correctness is facism pretending to be manners". George Carlin "Political correctness is America's newest form of intolerance, and it is especially pernicious because it comes disguised as tolerance. It presents itself as fairness, yet attempts to restrict and control people's language with strict codes and rigid rules. I'm not sure that's the way to fight discrimination. I'm not sure silencing people or forcing them to alter their speech is the best method for solving problems that go much deeper than speech." George Carlin, When Will Jesus Bring the Pork Chops?

      Greg JamesGreg JamesVor Monat
  • I wish the people protesting outside really listened to what JP has been saying all these years and realize what he really stands against. The protesters seem genuinely convinced that sabotaging JP´s lecture is the right and brave thing to do and it seems like such a waste of an opportunity. The opportunity to have a real and enriching debate that benefits us all. As Peterson himself said (paraphrasing): "...impediment of free discourse is not in everyone´s best interest. Because what you want, if you have any sense in your society is everyone´s logos to have the opportunity to clarify the unknown and reconstitute the world, and if you shut that down then you risk getting acces to the unique insights that that individual might bring".

    Juanita On the goJuanita On the goVor Monat
  • Jordan has helped me. I think and feel well now when I imagine my self and others as LIFE. I value life presently being within. Without life is a not Being , I would have nothing of any value without life within my self experience now being imagined. I am now alive, I value Life. I remember feeling Grateful for every breath within feeling a constant sense of appreciation for Air. I enjoy watching myself change my life time experience just simply focusing on Being within my own best Behavior.

    g4justiceg4justiceVor Monat
  • The psychotic Maoist mob need to be identified and expelled. Period.

    CNN is Fake NewsCNN is Fake NewsVor Monat
  • Those barbarians are now running the show unfortunately.

    Christian PervertChristian PervertVor Monat
  • 1:05:30 funnnyyy

    Ali GhAli GhVor Monat
  • Look at the fire hazard criminal acts at 1:43:02

    TaylorJohnson1020TaylorJohnson1020Vor Monat
  • If you fractionate infinitely, you get the individual. And btw, who let the toddlers out of pre-school?

    Jo SmoyoJo SmoyoVor Monat
  • 40:39

    MadFritzMadFritzVor Monat
    • 48:48

      MadFritzMadFritzVor Monat
  • What a bunch of losers it’s embarrassing jeez

    M.Gabriela .MM.Gabriela .MVor Monat
  • Look at 2021... You can't say we were not warned! People need to come to their senses and speak out about this Woke/BLM/Antifa BS.

    Jake HarrisonJake HarrisonVor Monat
  • well....that was quite the introduction lol

    Django JohnsonDjango JohnsonVor Monat
  • Elon Musk attended college there

    Django JohnsonDjango JohnsonVor Monat
  • I strongly suspect that kids like that are getting motivated by paid members of organizations if they are not paid members. When I see this kind of hatred exhibited on the web, I discover a paid troll (dumbass hatred without comprehension of the issue). Transgender ideologues are put forward by the medical establishment to aggrandize the megalomania idea that the doctor is able to fix God's mistake.

    Allan ManchesterAllan ManchesterVor Monat
  • The fact that stuff like this is happening at QUEEN'S UNIVERSITY is soooo shocking to me that I can't even believe it.

    Michael TadrousMichael TadrousVor Monat
  • those bang the windows what children they are.

    Darren MalinDarren MalinVor Monat
  • i would be ashamed if i were the parent of the scum who imposed there poorly informed views, Jordan would have been happy to talk to these people, but they know they would be dead wrong.

    Paul CullenPaul CullenVor Monat
  • 40 mins into the talk, I wish someone would encourage those morons outside into their play pens. Can they not lure them with sweets or something?

    beniceffsbeniceffsVor Monat
    • right!

      lmnoplmnopVor Monat
  • meanwhile, two years later, theyve tamed the brave professor to believing the c vraud and the v vraud - i hope he s becoming brave enough again to fight himself back into speaking uncompromised truth, or, at least, not touch related topics any more.

    Andy BluemanstraussAndy BluemanstraussVor Monat
  • lets face it we keep coming back here to laugh at the woke kids XD

    sepehr pooladisepehr pooladiVor Monat
  • I hear the shaking of crib rails, is there a nursery downstairs or something? Oh well it's been three years so those babies most surely are grown up now, I bet they'd be embarrassed over this now.

    paulj0557paulj0557Vor Monat
  • Yes bar the doors and why not light the building why you're at it oh you righteous ones.

    Baly BooBaly BooVor Monat
  • We need to just start pelting these animals with eggs or something a bit harder.

    DestroyEraseImprove ;DestroyEraseImprove ;Vor Monat
  • 9:46 These are the true faces of fascism, 21st century style.

    1 Bad Man1 Bad ManVor Monat
  • It's like a zombie movie but with communists

    IncineratedHamIncineratedHamVor Monat
  • Limiting or compelling speech is all well and good if you agree the speech you want to limit is bad and needs to be limited, but what happens if your speech is suddenly found to be offensive and the powers that be have decided you don't need to be heard? What if you disagree with a new law and want it changed but somewhere the hate speech laws expanded to include political discourse and no dissent against the government will be allowed? Would you still vote to limit someone's speech? The C16 law has allowed a Tribunal to judge and fine people who have violated the Gender Speech laws, but that is not enough for them, now they also want to expand the C16 law to Criminally prosecute people for misgendering, how long before your dissent with new laws allows for the criminal prosecution for speaking against the commonwealth? Don't think it can happen, guess again.

    MrJusDuckyMrJusDuckyVor Monat
  • prenderei i manifestanti a manganellate

    FulgorFulgorVor Monat
  • The irony at 1:43:06. Keep the trash out!

    yourcool007yourcool007Vor Monat
  • Inequality exists as long as people remain individuals.

    Searth NgeamSearth NgeamVor Monat
  • All hail the generation raised by the internet and algorithms.

    mr. nihilzmr. nihilzVor Monat
  • How pathetic that the university let those students beat on the windows during the whole talk. Ridiculous.

    Ronald ReaganRonald ReaganVor Monat
    • 50:00 they broke the window as well.

      tilkibaziltilkibazilVor Monat
  • The protestors show the ignorance of the left.

    Ronald ReaganRonald ReaganVor Monat
  • Why the hell was that not stopped by security?

    Peter LarsonPeter LarsonVor Monat
  • Look at all the mindless Leftists being the actual Fascists that they claim that they are fighting Idiots

    Bill MeyerBill MeyerVor Monat
  • 1:43:00 oh I see they came in their RVs

    uvekolarzuvekolarzVor Monat
  • Elon Musk went to Queens

    tacopacopotatotacopacopotatoVor Monat
  • I'm in that audience. The whole thing was surreal

    pbajpbajVor Monat
    • Looks like you had demons at the windows. It really does.

      Bigsid320Bigsid320Vor 26 Tage
  • I was so worried about the beautiful stained glass windows getting smashed.

    salmon ninjasalmon ninjaVor Monat
    • they broke one 50:00

      tilkibaziltilkibazilVor Monat
  • If you dont use force now on these fascist protest disruptors you will face their power in 10-20yrs time when they go out into society and fill all positions of power and authority.

    KING DAVIDKING DAVIDVor Monat
  • Does anyone know what they were spritzing? Im sure it wasnt aroma infused spring water...

    Wind GorillaWind GorillaVor Monat
  • Our institutions of higher learning for the mentally ill or pampered.....Or nothing but expensive insane asylums

    Jon LaLanneJon LaLanneVor Monat
  • The insane people at the end or demanding respect without earning it the Nazis demanded respect too by force Public ridicule public shaming and present man and then finally death

    Jon LaLanneJon LaLanneVor Monat
  • These people at the end have no idea that they’re practicing Nazism!!!

    Jon LaLanneJon LaLanneVor Monat
  • I was waiting in line at our local postal place what had to be a teenager was behind the counter.... the conversation she was having with one of the customers was irrelevant to business .I let out a sigh standing in line . “that was inappropriate behavior” she exclaimed . “I asked WHAT Sighing??? SO I TOld HER.”I just need to pick up the package right there.She couldn’t let it go she had to keep telling me how inappropriate I was how I offended her so I told her “to stop it just stop it right now” she told me I’m going to ban you from this place .I’m gonna make sure you never come in here again” I I told her to “grow up “The point of the story is that these kids are taught to be little Nazis.... they have no intellect discrimination .... they are narrowminded knee-jerk reactionaries to stimuli . Our universities are creating little over sensitive ,thought And behavior Nazis !

    Jon LaLanneJon LaLanneVor Monat
  • What group would willingly let this bunch of absolutely uneducated clowns represent them? What an embarrassment. Sometimes the best way to defeat your opponents is to let them hang themselves.

    El AstronauteEl AstronauteVor Monat
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    pooja sharmapooja sharmaVor Monat
  • 1:34:00 The student asks a great question (why does the left-wing condemn fascism but excuse socialism?), but implicit within it is the assumption that fascism is only a product of the right-wing. This is a classic example of the wholesale rewriting and reframing of public historical perception by Marxist academics to abdicate their ideology of all responsibility for some of the evilest acts of mass-murder in human history. Benito Mussolini was, after all, arguably the most famous historical fascist and yet he was a National Socialist. In fact, all of the most murderous dictators of the last century were socialists and, despite desperate attempts to portray him as a conservative capitalist, so was Adolf Hitler.

    ValelacerteValelacerteVor Monat
  • "Identity politics leads to the Gulag". 2021, the left actually threatens to send people to the Gulags for being consevative. God help us all 🙏

    Jennifer HammerJennifer HammerVor Monat
  • Protester saying "there's no such thing as compelled speech" while simultaneously trying to force a room full of people to say what they don't believe. What the "f" do these people think the definition of 'compelled speech" actually is?

    AchromaniacAchromaniacVor Monat
  • Imagine being so outraged by particular words that you try to hinder free speech by force and violence.

    ArcadiaArcadiaVor Monat
  • zombies are at the window.

    cash4medailycash4medailyVor Monat
  • This yerning for infringement of free speech pisses on the graves of the MILLIONS people who died for the right to free speech 1931 to 45 . Unducaded riff raff !!

    Kim WedefeltKim WedefeltVor Monat
  • I'm not Canadian and not familiar with Queens "University." From the name, I would guess that it's a post secondary institution of higher learning. But having seen the behavior of its students, it's clear that it's a kindergarten. Unsurprisingly, kindergarten students do, from time to time, throw tantrums, as depicted in this video.

    BCJ725BCJ725Vor Monat
  • Those protestors need to practice what the preach. Idiots.

    Oshin HOshin HVor Monat
  • 1:43:00 That’s actually hella dangerous and most likely very illegal Also,.... holy fuck, they actually broke some of the windows

    ArwoArwoVor Monat
  • To think at this point in time, Peterson had 2 years of this, and worse, ahead of him.He went on to tour the world with his book and change peoples lives for the better.ThAnk You JP🙏💜. Great to see you returning to the public arena.

    James McNicholasJames McNicholasVor Monat
  • "Hate is unacceptable"....... how ironic

    J dGJ dGVor Monat
  • I remember someone saying, "they are like sheeps without a shepherd".

    A DawsonA DawsonVor Monat
  • 1:42 imagine a parent paying the heavy freight of a queens University education seeing their kids face in this intolerant mob.

    Jeff SpicolliJeff SpicolliVor Monat
  • Mr Peterson must be completely "under water" mentally these days...Watching America just absolutely unravel into socialism/communism...

    Elden SwordElden SwordVor Monat
  • You might be looking for this: 9:47

    Rafael PereiraRafael PereiraVor Monat
  • Boy you have some real losers protesting there in Ontario...please keep them there OMG

    WILL DWILL DVor Monat
  • absolutely demency left wing generally doesn t accept others people freedom

    Marcelo RawlsMarcelo RawlsVor Monat
  • One person out of 1,000 decides to kill themselves because they don't like what they see when they look down their pants, and I don't care. And, I won't pretend to care. .. . In the US, 50,000 people die from Opioids / year. .. Protest Opioids. .. .. Academia has gone off the rails. ..

    bimmjimbimmjimVor Monat
  • Look at this barbarism 1:42:35

    Salman AlamriSalman AlamriVor Monat
  • A human rights code? LOL

    Aubrey De BliquyAubrey De BliquyVor Monat
  • Are people paying them for banging on the windows or are they just stupid? LOL

    Aubrey De BliquyAubrey De BliquyVor Monat
  • The menace of the rising tide of compelled speech.

    Aubrey De BliquyAubrey De BliquyVor Monat
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