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

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  • Published on Mar 12, 2018
  • 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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Comments • 8 767

  • Rob Thomas
    Rob Thomas 18 hours ago

    The irony is poetic. Very powerful.

  • KLDennis34
    KLDennis34 22 hours ago

    Jordan B Peterson, Elon Musk and Ben Shapiro will keep us sane! The future is bright just follow your morals.

  • Damian O'Connor
    Damian O'Connor 3 days ago

    Inspirational. Well done, Sir.

  • TF0ks
    TF0ks 3 days ago

    It is mightily ironic to wave placards, saying "stop the hate" while being so obviously and unapologetically hateful.

  • Tim Veater
    Tim Veater 5 days ago

    Free speech. Yes free it!

  • jceepf
    jceepf 6 days ago

    I am so happy that my daughter, a graduate of Queens, is back here in Japan.... in a normal country and not in Canada the land of snowflakery. She was told in Queens not to mention "dice" in a chemistry or physics class when talking about probabilities: it could offend Muslims!
    Being a physicist, I told her: tell them that according to the laws of Quantum Mechanics, if God exists, he is a gambling degenerate.
    Moreover she was labelled a dangerous rightist for stating her opposition to multiculturalism as she simply said: "I did not come to Canada to stay Japanese but to become Canadian". That is now a controversial statement.
    The entire place is insane.

  • Tychus
    Tychus 6 days ago

    you know what the solution to shits like those asses knocking on the windows. get a bunch of them radical right skin heads and shit put them with those snowflakes in some remote island and let them figure it out. since they obviously can't act civilized let them animals fight each other

  • koenraad Van Geert
    koenraad Van Geert 6 days ago

    Informed respectfull dialogue, giving people with different views the chance to explain them. Dialogue. Listening and at least trying to understand where the other is coming from. To those protesters (who call themselves students but forgot what that word means) this is too much to ask. They're not even willing to listen, to try and understand, to be respectful. They clearly reject dialogue. No good can come from such people. They are a threat to our society and our values, they are opponents of freedom of speech, opponents of freedom. Our freedom. Society should deal with these tools of totalitarian ideologue before it's too late.

  • Jed Stewart
    Jed Stewart 6 days ago

    The people against free speech should be recognized and recorded and pass a law that they alone should lose their freedom of speech not all of America or all of Canada.They should get exactly what they are marching for,taking away rights.

  • IMC IMC
    IMC IMC 7 days ago +1

    I'm sure some of those people banging on the windows were university lecturers.

  • Captainlex
    Captainlex 7 days ago

    'f*ck white supremacy'....??????....these idiots must have taken a wrong turn or something as I'm not sure they were protesting (and I use that description loosely) the correct event.
    In any case Dr's Peterson, Pardy and the audience all showed commendable tolerance, patience and dignity in the face of the childish antics of this apparently confused and quite possibly lost (both in the metaphorical sense and in terms of their physical location) hord.

  • AvalonIsle
    AvalonIsle 9 days ago

    What an excellent question that last fellow posed. Why are the horrors of Fascism vilified and the horrors of Communism not? Do people really think that a variant of Communism would be successful? The path to hell is paved with good intentions.

  • Reuben Stecher
    Reuben Stecher 10 days ago +1

    What the first SJW yelled from the balcony is really strange. He said there is no such thing as compelled speech. He really doesn’t have an idea what he’s supporting.

  • Stephen Skinner
    Stephen Skinner 10 days ago

    "no freedom for hate speech"? So they shout that out and seem OK with their own speech such as: "Lock them in and burn it down." Did Jordan Peterson ever say that?

  • gothicu
    gothicu 11 days ago

    Those people knocking on the windows are the lowest scum Ive ever seen, what a lack of respect toward the others. I would have gone outside and made them eat those signs.

  • Eric Wong
    Eric Wong 11 days ago

    Do they not have any form of security at Queen's University?? The window banging went on for like an hour before finally stopping.

  • Terry lick
    Terry lick 12 days ago

    the funder mental principle of getting further. is to keep pushing yourself and keep thinking outside the box.👍

  • Terry lick
    Terry lick 12 days ago

    people hate honestly. they would rather be Cayo tic. as they love the conflict. with out even thinking. and that stops them doing anything good or practical. stupidity at it's best. 👍

  • cyberhawk80
    cyberhawk80 12 days ago

    the end urges me to pull a trigger.. i feel sad for the normal people in the university.. having to deal with these nutjobs..

  • HandsomeJack
    HandsomeJack 12 days ago +1

    Watching this high is like watching a fucking horror movie!

  • Ruth Nagarya
    Ruth Nagarya 13 days ago

    Who can say, with conviction, that conversations with curse words. is a "classy" or erudite conversation????

  • Ruth Nagarya
    Ruth Nagarya 13 days ago

    The new "tyrant" are those who disrupt. THEY are the new Hitlers, the new Lenins...the new authoritarian dictators. A tantrum of a two year old on the floor...an accurate assessment.

  • Sima Bahman
    Sima Bahman 13 days ago

    What is happening to our youth? They are showing signs of absolutism. I am ashamed of those who behave like uncivilized societies when expressing their point of view. It is not acceptable to create anarchy and destruction in order to voice your opinion.

  • ecd14u
    ecd14u 14 days ago

    These Libtards are useful idiots!

  • Junk Science
    Junk Science 14 days ago

    Why does the camera INSIST on giving equal air time to rabble-rousing disrupters who REFUSE to allow an open debate simply because they disagree with the contents of that debate?? What a TRAVESTY!

  • Jonathan Campbell
    Jonathan Campbell 14 days ago

    10:38 what are they spraying?

  • The Triggerati
    The Triggerati 15 days ago

    If you didn't think of zombies when they started pounding on the windows you haven't been paying attention.

  • DmaxHd
    DmaxHd 15 days ago

    Jordan Pederson for PM !

  • Johnny Cage
    Johnny Cage 15 days ago

    Jordan Peterson for prime minister of Canada

  • Dickson Megera
    Dickson Megera 16 days ago

    Jordan Peterson is one of the most well mannered intellectual i have ever seen. So alluring

  • Sonny Dee
    Sonny Dee 16 days ago

    Leftism is an ideological "ism" every bit as dangerous, inherently evil as Fascism, Communism, Islamist Fundamentalism, Cultism, in fact it is exactly the same.
    The power of political indoctrination is as powerful as a religious indoctrination, if not more, which are equal and parallel in it's potency and effectiveness, as being witnessed by the actions of leftist ideologue radical extremists that are absolutely intolerant of civil debate / civil discourse, free speech (except for them), etc, by anyone who does not support, comport, acquiesce and or surrender to their demands. They are in every sense of the word and term- fascist.
    quote
    "Liberal fascism (cultism) is a fascism with narcissistic appeal, universally adaptable to all people who will submit, and therefore is more dangerous than any fascism before, as it will find fewer opponents and is already accepted by millions world wide."
    "Nonconformists will be deemed intolerant, and will not be tolerated."
    unquote
    www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1568889/posts

  • Ralph Montaño
    Ralph Montaño 16 days ago

    Where are those Cossacks with the whips to whip these whimps into shape when you need 'em?

  • jon moore
    jon moore 16 days ago

    man you have to put up with some b.s. dont ever stop though as we all need you,

  • Tallis Keeton
    Tallis Keeton 16 days ago

    as "hate speach" is labelled anything that you can not understand from this lecture :D Peterson actualy made a speach of love for humanity about whom he wants high aspirations, intelectual development and morality. They are angry bc he lectured about that seeking happiness is not the only way, seeking truth and development is better way. Seeking happiness is speedy and stupid way. They seem to think that happiness is the ultimate goal - well, if you seek that you can get this by buying ticket to Hawai and being lazy on the beach under a palm, so there is no need for you being noisy here :)

  • M McManus
    M McManus 16 days ago

    Has anyone ever identified any of these protesters? Bet anyone 1000$ they're not productive, they're not creative, they're not helpful, they aren't even remotely clever. They're working minimum wage barista jobs and barely hanging on to employment. That attitude gets you absolutely nowhere in the real world.

  • Guiri Gandul
    Guiri Gandul 16 days ago

    Yeah, I don't like demonstrations or violence....but 'write to your MP? (congressman etc). Without the internet would anyone (figuratively) have heard of Dr. Peterson? How long before that loophole is closed? Aaron Hillel Swartz (November 8, 1986 - January 11, 2013) where is he now?

  • Willis K
    Willis K 17 days ago

    Holy shit. The people banging on the windows are ridiculous. How about having a discussion or debate...

  • Jeff Laffite Jones
    Jeff Laffite Jones 17 days ago

    There's only one reason leftist sociopaths are against freedom of speech, they're ideas are wrong, immoral and an unlawful plot to control and enslave others and they don't want people to know it.

  • LateToTheParty7
    LateToTheParty7 17 days ago

    I'm constantly surprised by the grace Dr. Peterson always manages to show in the face of nonsense, bigotry, voluntary ignorance, and even violence.

  • Panzer Lehr
    Panzer Lehr 17 days ago

    Red based genocide isn't a thing.

  • Tallis Keeton
    Tallis Keeton 17 days ago

    I bet that they would be arested the second they begun their noise if they were on the other side of political view :)

  • Tárcio Augusto Leotério

    THEY ARE NOT OUR FRIENDS ! Indeed Professor!

  • Him Next Door
    Him Next Door 18 days ago

    "... that's the sound of the barbarians at the gate...." Exactly!

  • Glenn Warren
    Glenn Warren 18 days ago

    Awesome presentation; well done by both speakers and audience; the audience questions were excellent.

  • CallMeMrX
    CallMeMrX 18 days ago

    It pains me that outside the walls stand the righteously ignorant mothers and fathers of future leaders

  • David Cajthaml
    David Cajthaml 19 days ago

    My god, how long does the banging go on for.

  • Jianju69
    Jianju69 19 days ago

    What foolish, ill-mannered children would bang on stained-glass windows with their fists?

  • Buttersnow
    Buttersnow 20 days ago

    How do you combat SJW students and teachers if they're affecting your time at a university? Finish school and learn as much as you can, get a good job, sponsor a talk by Peterson.

  • RedSkaal
    RedSkaal 20 days ago

    Literal barbarians banging on the windows

  • stoikr
    stoikr 20 days ago

    wtf is wrong with this university? Dont just let those fucks bang on the window all the time. Call security or the cops or whatever. WTFFFFFFFFFF

  • Just Jake
    Just Jake 20 days ago

    I love how jordan had that little smirk during the "protest".
    Thats a
    "Sure just make me more popular" smirk if Ive ever seen one

  • holesondressage
    holesondressage 20 days ago

    Amazing to watch. A calm, thoughtful discussion amid the barbarians at the proverbial gate.

  • GauntLife
    GauntLife 20 days ago +1

    How sick is that? People protesting violently against free speech. Kicking windows, invading and interrupting an intelligent q&a. Sick, misinformed and lost people. They really need to listen instead of waiting for their turn to speak...and they don't even wait their turn.

  • Attempting Anonymity
    Attempting Anonymity 20 days ago

    All those students outside watched this, and at least some percentage of them feel like smucks.

  • GHKiwi
    GHKiwi 21 day ago

    This man make my mind explode everytime i see one of his speeches.

  • Dems Nutz
    Dems Nutz 21 day ago

    Education must be no cost to the parents of these kids.if this is how their being taught to express themselves I would expect a full refund

  • Robert Hammel
    Robert Hammel 21 day ago

    Funny how the TV interviewers never brought up all the banging on the windows and doors in any of the interviews with Jordan Peterson. Are the banger alt-righters trying to get in?

  • Yukon Jack
    Yukon Jack 21 day ago

    WHERE ARE THE POLICE...when these idiots were disturbing the peace by banging on the windows?

  • Jonathan Rogers
    Jonathan Rogers 21 day ago

    I thought JBP might have been overreacting until Shepherd revealed what happened to her.

  • Rob Reynolds
    Rob Reynolds 21 day ago

    I love watching the left dig their own graves.

  • Geoff P
    Geoff P 22 days ago

    If ever sane people had a reason to take up arms against oppression - these leftists arse holes trying to oppress the rights of the students to engage with Peterson, have given them one. Dialog, reason and restraint simply will not work with these people who's minds have been bent so out of shape, that rational has deserted them for good.

  • Oliver Butters
    Oliver Butters 22 days ago +2

    I must join in Peterson’s Justice because if I am not, I will not have right to be myself !

  • Thomas Lindsay
    Thomas Lindsay 22 days ago

    Wow

  • sebastien morissette
    sebastien morissette 22 days ago

    I like how the sun is right behind Jordan's head

  • Matthew Sutton
    Matthew Sutton 23 days ago +1

    If you can keep your head when all about you
    Are losing theirs and blaming it on you,
    If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
    But make allowance for their doubting too.
    If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
    Or being lied about, don't deal in lies,
    Or being hated, don't give way to hating,
    And yet don't look too good, nor talk too wise
    If by Kipling has always been a favourite of mine but watching Peterson embody it, keep his head an continue with his talk in a calm an composed manner, inspiring xx

  • Charles Byrne
    Charles Byrne 23 days ago +1

    In the late 80s in the US there was a movement to restrict lyrics in songs. This was a pet project started by Tipper Gore, Senator Al Gore's wife. You know the Global warming Al Gore whose family was involved in some businesses that were ecologically opposite of his current carbon credit scheme to pay for his electric bill that runs around 10K USD. But I digress. Anyways he setup a committee to limit what could be sung on songs. What they weren't expecting was various artists like Twisted Sister, John Denver and others to band together head to Washington DC and tell the Leftist Democrat to f#$( off and then get the media coverage he got. So I later found it Ironic in the 90s when he ran with Democratic candidate Bill Clinton that they frequented MTV'S rock the vote. Gore was such a hypocrite. I'm sorry but it isn't left or right that wants to limit your freedoms and control you. It is the political nobility, be they left or right, in the US or Canada, UK or any part of the world. They are so disconnected from who they represent as well as the radicals that invade the establishments in our society.

  • David A
    David A 24 days ago

    The imbeciles knocking on the windows should be suspended from school until they grow up and can follow the rules.

  • Shane
    Shane 24 days ago +1

    The contrast at the end is really something isn't it?

  • Will Richards
    Will Richards 24 days ago +1

    If I was responsible for security at this event, fire hoses would play a part in dispersing the ignorant masses banging on doors and windows, because free speech is the essence of every free and democratic society

  • Will Richards
    Will Richards 24 days ago

    One cannot avoid detecting the sense of palpable relief, evident in the rapturous welcome extended specifically to Jordan Peterson...and one cannot deny the causes behind it, which is the linguistic fascism pushed by the left, particularly evident on campuses in Canada, and in America

    • Guiri Gandul
      Guiri Gandul 16 days ago

      For me as with Brexit and Trump and even the demonstration itself, people are not being represented. Fertile ground for the 'messiah'.

  • Krzysztof Tryka
    Krzysztof Tryka 24 days ago

    "Hate is unacceptable" - Oh, I have seen so much love pouring from those protesters outside the building.

  • Ian Roper
    Ian Roper 24 days ago

    Man it would just be so sad if someone rode a truck up onto that sidewalk and mowed down all those worthless humans chanting and being children.

  • Bill Boze
    Bill Boze 24 days ago +2

    Where were the campus police ?

  • SJArmstrong
    SJArmstrong 25 days ago +1

    Jordan Peterson is the antidote to chaos and catastrophy.

  • Marlon Krause
    Marlon Krause 25 days ago

    The guy who is handing out pepsi at the end is my hero

  • PC Mono Fart
    PC Mono Fart 25 days ago

    I don't understand one thing about what is happening here. In my country there is a code of law which says: "If a person uses shouting or noise or other means to disturb peace, public order, night's rest, is subject to arrest, restriction of liberty or fine". It's pretty well known and used in my country, for example, when a neighbor plays loud music at midnight. You just call the police or the building security. How does it work in this country - or - why doesn't it work, I should ask?

  • KoJ1337
    KoJ1337 25 days ago +1

    "Window Bangers" - a new title for demented leftists

  • Jekey Daniel
    Jekey Daniel 26 days ago

    Nobel price worthy, most important question for the near future: how do you build a functioning society on these deluded, narcissistic, ego maniac, half educated "revolutionary" social justice warrior types?

  • Malcik Igor
    Malcik Igor 26 days ago

    Thank you SJW without you I would not find JBP

  • 72dew
    72dew 26 days ago

    Mr. Peterson, please come back to McMaster!

  • Tim siniff
    Tim siniff 26 days ago

    Seens to be a lot of trannies in Canada

  • Midnight Rambler
    Midnight Rambler 26 days ago

    why didnt security deal with them? esp banging on the windows

  • Tim siniff
    Tim siniff 26 days ago

    Loser Alert 9:45

  • Daniel Spaeth, Jr.
    Daniel Spaeth, Jr. 26 days ago

    1:44:20 that girl doesn't know what she's talking about. That's just sad.

  • cljens
    cljens 26 days ago +1

    The incessant banging on the windows is quite unnerving and REALLY enhances my sense of importancy of increasingly engaging in this discussion. It's essential that we all don't keep quiet but speak our minds wherever we go!
    Also, why are those moronic students not instantly expelled?

  • Jose Estevez
    Jose Estevez 27 days ago

    showed up in cowboy boots. what a badass.

  • DepresssedOne
    DepresssedOne 27 days ago

    7:15
    1:06:50

  • David Daring
    David Daring 27 days ago +1

    At what point would it be considered acceptable to go outside and slap these babies around just a bit? I think they would immediately retreat and kiddie-cry and suddenly decide their position isn't worth fighting for. Or would they not?

  • Bathysphere
    Bathysphere 28 days ago +2

    The idea that conservatives previously attempted to censor speech was put forward in this talk. I would submit that there is no conservative or liberal. There are only those who favor authoritarian control, those who favor no control, and all the degrees between those extremes. The "conservatives" who pushed government censorship long ago were just people who favored authoritarian control. The "liberals" who want to censor free speech today are just those who favor authoritarian control. They are one and the same.

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    TP Sun 28 days ago

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  • Chi Chi
    Chi Chi 28 days ago

    Dr. Peterson (on the whacked out window bangers): “That’s the sound of barbarians at the gates.” - They’re like apes in a zoo. Wow, haven’t we devolved!

  • Chi Chi
    Chi Chi 28 days ago

    And here I thought America was fucked up. Canada has fallen into the abyss of lunacy. What a dangerous government.

  • Yilin Li
    Yilin Li 28 days ago

    those people are bullying Dr Jordan Peterson

  • CZTachyonsVN
    CZTachyonsVN 28 days ago

    They can't even hold the banner straight. How do they think they can give a straight compelling argument.

  • Abhishek Pratap Singh
    Abhishek Pratap Singh 28 days ago

    A well demonstration of how the noble ideas emerges and are protected by the shadow of truth!

  • stecki
    stecki 28 days ago +1

    At the end when the protesters block the exit with garbage bins, isn't that illegal? Seems like a fire hazard to me...

  • Harry J. White
    Harry J. White 28 days ago

    How can any group of people expect to be listened to or taken seriously who don't want you to speak about anything unless they approve. Crazy.

  • Astugin Malupit
    Astugin Malupit 29 days ago

    That subtle positioning of the sun behind

  • WastedstupiD
    WastedstupiD 29 days ago

    I wonder if the people with the questions even understand the answer they get?
    I would love to ask Dr. Peterson a question. Lol

  • Mark Eskdales
    Mark Eskdales 29 days ago

    Disgusting state of affairs. Its fine to protest. However is it fair to intimiate.
    It seems these protester behaviour is similar to the behaviour of the very things, that it seems are in their minds of which they purport to be against. I honestly don't think they are listening, just projecting their idea of what's being said.
    Left or right when you stop others ability to speak freely and debate you will end up with supression.
    Why not listen and argue your point. Shouting and intimidation only make opposition entrench.