from The Daily Caller:
Dr. Jordan B. Peterson, a Canadian university professor, identifies as a classic British liberal, but his opposition to the progressive shift in higher education has led media outlets, activists, and fellow professors to label him “far right” and compare him to Adolf Hitler.
In a conversation with The Daily Caller, Dr. Peterson discussed how such labels and libelous attacks are used to shut down debate and to “contribute to this increased polarization.”
“We’re in a situation now where if you disagree vociferously with the radical left, then you’re immediately regarded as an exemplar of the opposite extreme,” he told TheDC. “That’s not good, and in my case it’s certainly not true.”
Dr. Peterson, a psychologist, first gained international attention last year when he announced that he would not use genderless pronouns such as “ze” and “zir.” He took specific aim at B c-16, an amendment to the Canadian Human Rights Act and the Criminal Code that would prevent discrimination based on “gender identity and gender expression.” Peterson feared that the amendment would criminalize his refusal to refer to people with their preferred pronouns.
“I’ve studied authoritarianism for a very long time — for 40 years — and they’re started by people’s attempts to control the ideological and linguistic territory,” Peterson told the BBC in 2016.
His resistance to genderless pronouns led to anger and protests, but Peterson continued to offer critiques of common progressive tropes like postmodern feminism, white privilege, and cultural appropriation.
In August, after interviewing the author of the Google diversity memo, a Business Insider article referred to Peterson as “far right.” The article was later edited after Peterson complained.