Some of you may recall the story about Jordan Peterson and Cambridge University. He was offered a visiting fellowship. It was all done and dusted and Peterson announced it on his YouTube channel saying he was to be at the highly regarded university for 2 months.
Naturally enough the “professor against political correctness” wasn’t a popular choice with the students or – it turns out – much of the faculty. The university reviewed his invitation following complaints and much rending of clothing and tears and found Mr Peterson was definitely not suitable for an inclusive environment such as they enjoy at Cambridge. What follows is a quote from a spokesman for the university, try to remember it for a while.
[Cambridge] is an inclusive environment and we expect all our staff and visitors to uphold our principles. There is no place here for anyone who cannotCambridge University Spokesperson
So, they decided they have an inclusive environment and they expect everyone to uphold their principles. It would appear that the take on Peterson found on the emotional side of Twitter was taken as read and they said “No thank you”. Personally I think it was a ridiculous decision and contrary to anything I would consider academic honesty but there you go, their ball their game.
You would think this beacon of right think and inclusivity, this paragon of tolerance and virtue would apply these rules across the board, right? I mean they’d never have anyone in there who was…let’s say…Islamophobic or anti- semitic, or racist, or anything like that. Principles, remember? Well, I guess we were making a lot of assumptions about their principles. Here’s what a recent guest came out with:
Jews rule the world by proxy
of course if you say anything against the Jews, you are labelled antisemitic. No other race in the world labels people like that, why is it forbidden to criticise the Jews when other people criticise us?
Or this corker which earned many chuckles and guffaws from the gathered bright stars of academia.
‘I have some Jewish friends, very good friends, they are not like the other Jews, that’s why they are my friends
No matter how you slice it, that’s not looking terribly kosher is it? These comments, and more, were made by a guest to the Cambridge Union, he is the Prime Minister of Malaysia, Mahathir Mohamad . So not only did they invite a chap with a track record of comments which are less than complementary regarding Jews, they sat and laughed at his comments (laughed!) and doubtless thought “what a lovely man”.
But Jordan Peterson? He’s a terrible man. The left is eating itself. Where did all the liberals go?