Quote of the Day:
Another [Penguin Random House Canada] claimed that “people were crying in the meeting about how [psychologist and author] Jordan Peterson has affected their lives.”
–from a report in the U.K. Independent
Much of the staff at Penguin Random House in Canada has dissolved in tears because the publishing house plans to bring out a book by Canadian psychologist Jordan Peterson in the spring.
No, real tears–literally, as they say (only this time it is literally).
Peterson’s forthcoming book is entitled Beyond Order: 12 More Rules for Life, apparently a sequel to his first, bestselling 12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos.
Although Peterson has not described himself as a conservative, conservatives embraced his first book. Peterson made some really radical suggestions (such as making your bed) and opined that yucky things like religion have a positive role to play in society. (Here is a review.)
There was quite a reaction to the idea of a new Peterson book in the offices of Penguin Random House Canada. Here is one report:
According to the report, “several” employees confronted management of Penguin Random House Canada (PRHC), a subsidiary of Penguin Random House, at an internal town hall on Monday and “dozens more have filed anonymous complaints” about PRHC’s plans to release the latest work from the politically and culturally outspoken professor.
“He is an icon of hate speech and transphobia and the fact that he’s an icon of white supremacy, regardless of the content of his book, I’m not proud to work for a company that publishes him,” one town hall attendee, who is also a member of the LGBTQ community, told Vice.
Another employee alleged that “people were crying in the meeting about how Jordan Peterson has affected their lives” with one explaining that Peterson had “radicalized their [sic] father” and another insisting the publishing of Peterson’s book will “negatively affect their [sic] non-binary friend.”
I could go on and on about why this is insane. Why people need to listen to ideas with which they disagree. Why . . . but you already know that. It takes being employed by a major publishing house not to know that.
Maybe somebody should write a book entitled 12 Rules to Help Pseudo Intellectuals Deal with Philosophical Diversity. Because if ideas frighten these folks that much, they definitely aren’t intellectuals (in any historically accurate meaning of the word).