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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  • Ez Bayt
    Ez Bayt 6 hours ago

    1:14:43
    A VERY important question, and an equally powerful answer.

  • Samya.R
    Samya.R Day ago

    1:43:00 I hope there is a second exit...other wise, isn’t this a safety hazard? Plus vandalism?

  • Samya.R
    Samya.R Day ago

    “Behavior that would be out of place at a 4 yr old’s birthday party”....truly sums up their behavior. Their tantrums rival a 2 yr old similar to what JP stared.
    Serious, they should be completely embarrassed by such self-degrading behavior.

  • Antonio Howard
    Antonio Howard 2 days ago

    Jordan Peterson makes an excellent point about division into tribes. When I was young we called them all gay. Then it was LGBT, now it's LGBTQRSTUVWXYZ.

  • manguy2000
    manguy2000 2 days ago

    I hope the twats outside are already patients of JBP being treated for disassociative personality disorder or they are high as a kite...otherwise they have no excuse for the behaviour

  • Jazz King
    Jazz King 3 days ago

    Leftist thugs are so stupid that they don't realize that by jumping up and down and shouting like apes, they just make all the decent people despise and mock them. I wonder if Jordan paid them to be his foil.

  • dlcazevedo
    dlcazevedo 3 days ago

    Dr. Peterson, I wish I had you as a teacher in university. I believe it was because of the things you say that I've come to grasp with how poweful and significant the concept of responsability is and I now do my best to drive my life based on that.
    Regardless of all the pressure and harassment comes your way, please keep it up.
    Thanks.
    Cheers from Brazil!

  • Blue Royal
    Blue Royal 13 days ago

    Bravo JBPeterson,illinform young people....very silly..you are right!

  • David Hargreaves
    David Hargreaves 14 days ago

    Cant wait to see Jordan in November in Birmingham.....great man.has turned my life round......

  • David Hargreaves
    David Hargreaves 14 days ago

    what has happened to some of todays youth?.....entitlement? Spoilt?Victims?......

  • Elizabeth L.
    Elizabeth L. 14 days ago

    What does white supremacy have to do with Transgender pronouns?

  • Chad Goings
    Chad Goings 16 days ago

    AMEN, eryone. Sjpread ther motherfucking love yo.

  • Chad Goings
    Chad Goings 16 days ago

    I want a little weed from the V.A. to help with anxiety and it helps me eat, relax, and to help me go to bed., how would one argue with an underappreciated, most likely minority employees. Been there once.. Twice wasn't sure went back a third time just to make sure I don't like it.
    Therre going to tell me its substance abuse, which is really just them abusing my substance. Fuck my ass

  • will haynes
    will haynes 16 days ago

    If you give the far/unreasonable part of the left an inch, they will take a mile. It would never end.

  • Elizabethd69
    Elizabethd69 17 days ago

    Those bastards outside why don't they go to a communist country and live? They wouldn't be doing what they are doing now . they would be in jail.

  • MarksmanTV
    MarksmanTV 17 days ago

    "There's not much difference between knocking on the doors and knocking on you"...

  • Beth T
    Beth T 17 days ago

    They steal your content a lot. Are you actively going after these people or is it smarter to let them spread the word? It kind of irritates me to see other people monetizing your stuff, man

  • Tailss1
    Tailss1 19 days ago

    Were those idiots that damaged that building made to pay for it? I suspect they wern't and if so then a good example of whats wrong with today's institutions of higher learning. (At least in this country)

  • Mark Todd
    Mark Todd 22 days ago

    I now hear the banging on the doors!

  • Mark Todd
    Mark Todd 22 days ago

    Oh dear .. he became an economist

  • Mark Todd
    Mark Todd 22 days ago

    In fact, where are the economists in any debate these days?

  • Mark Todd
    Mark Todd 22 days ago

    A recipe for anarchy: social policy handed over to the militant left, while the conservatives take the economic high ground. Where are the economists in this debate?

  • Edward Du
    Edward Du 22 days ago +1

    10:12 Is it just me or does it look like she's jerking off behind the banner?

  • Javed alam
    Javed alam 24 days ago

    The iranian guy asked the question (1:18:56) that shake the whole structure that the speakers are trying to establish....
    well done man.......

  • Eric R
    Eric R 28 days ago

    Fun seeing students marching with "NO FREEDOM" signs, lol

  • Casa Nova
    Casa Nova Month ago

    It makes one concerned for the future that the chimps banging on the window will be the majority in the years to come...

  • Thang Huynh
    Thang Huynh Month ago

    The Law professor is also very intelligent! While Jordan Peterson answers the philosophy or deep reason behind the questions, the law professor answer the question in the direct manner. I am very impressed!

  • Ismael Rivera
    Ismael Rivera Month ago

    When confronting radical leftist ideologues, come armed with well thought-out points, articulated speech, and an ice cold Pepsi.

  • budapestmole
    budapestmole Month ago

    Does the University not have security to stop those who would disrupt a university event or lecture.

  • Father of Jman
    Father of Jman Month ago +1

    Good to know jordans brain attracts zombies. Must be some juicy stuff in there.

  • StereoSpace
    StereoSpace Month ago

    You hear the barbarians here? The professors and administrators at Queen's University are responsible for that. This is exactly what they inculcate in these young minds. And notice they did not lift a finger to stop it. This is outcome they are aiming for. Notice also that the local political authorities have clearly ordered the police not to interfere with their pet thugs. State sanctioned physical intimidation. That's the Left.

  • Ryan Fisler
    Ryan Fisler Month ago

    Why didn’t anyone run those idiots off ?

  • Anthony ODonnell
    Anthony ODonnell Month ago

    If you want proof of the thin veneer of civilization, here it is.

  • Realism
    Realism Month ago

    The zombies are banging on the walls like in Call of Duty. LMAO!

  • Leland Bartlett
    Leland Bartlett Month ago

    Wouldn't it have been interesting if they went outside and offered the group a chance to come in and join the dialogue? See if they could articulate their perspective and be open to an alternative one. I have no idea what they were protesting other than just the opportunity of free speech.

  • Richard Elliott II
    Richard Elliott II Month ago

    Another inspiring example of keeping your head when others are losing theirs". I know these rebellious kids well. They really don't know where they are much less what they are doing. But it is a mistake to think they're not getting an education.

  • Paul David
    Paul David Month ago

    There are some disgusting people!!! guess who??? you!!!

  • Gary Buttice
    Gary Buttice Month ago

    This is so surreal, and Orwellian

  • 77gravity
    77gravity Month ago

    If I had been in that audience, the protestors would have been permitted to leave without incident. But if they sprayed their shit on ME, they'd need a fucking ambulance. Speech is one thing, Assault is another, and I will throat-punch anyone who physically attacks me.

  • NelsonClick
    NelsonClick Month ago

    That banging on the windows is nightmarish. It's frightening. It reminds me of a little child trying to annoy their big brother or big sister to scream "stop it" and the quick dissolve satisfaction that that brings.

  • Serendipity777777
    Serendipity777777 Month ago +1

    What a creepy situation! Having all those angry people pounding on the windows. I would have had a harder time thinking and talking in such an aggressive atmosphere.

  • s van
    s van Month ago

    The hecklers are like the sheeps in "animal farm"

  • James Darnell
    James Darnell 2 months ago

    These ‘educated’ SJWs do not even understand the definition of the word bigot!
    To deny an alternative opinion with such force is not only ignorant and stupid, but is the clearest demonstration of bigotry.
    Grow the hell up children!!!

  • Jon Anthony
    Jon Anthony 2 months ago

    "You don't have to believe it, you just have to say it!"
    When your brain makes that kind of calculation, you know you are under the thumb of a tyrant.

  • Jason Ladue
    Jason Ladue 2 months ago

    The speaker not JP has misrepresented conservative philosophy. The belief in the individual is conservative. It is not a party and is not responsible for shutting down anyone's speech. It is more in the line of stoicism.

  • Jason Ladue
    Jason Ladue 2 months ago

    I wish those poor people who started that pathological protest will understand that ideas have them. They have not their own ideas. Sad.

  • Seth Apex
    Seth Apex 2 months ago

    Fascism is not synonmymous with racial superiority though. It does place a large emphasis on top down authoritarian order, but the fascist states of Mussolini's Italy and Franco's Spain didn't really touch on race at all, only the nazi regime really. Hell, Mussolini had some Jews in his blackshirts.

  • TheIron Smith
    TheIron Smith 2 months ago

    as the earth wind lays waste the garden. the real conversation

  • TheIron Smith
    TheIron Smith 2 months ago

    what is the comeuppance? If I was there that night I might have been prone to think they were spraying poison, I would have tackled them maybe .

  • TheIron Smith
    TheIron Smith 2 months ago

    I searched this video to learn a new word that I heard you say at Queen's or maybe it was somewhere else, wish me luck on my search......

  • Ben Sullivan
    Ben Sullivan 2 months ago

    Blimey, that has to be the most PATHETIC protest ever. Banging and scratching on the doors, windows or walls is what a dog or spoiled child does. They really do need Mummy to smack their bum-bums and to put them on the naughty step for a little while - AND - NO choccy bars after din-dins, okay...?
    ...not to worry though, they'll need their nappies changing in a minute so they'll stop then, anyway. Phew!

  • Alex C
    Alex C 2 months ago

    "It's a debate on which people are considered human" - Jesus Christ lady, he isn't debating that, you are.

  • Fadi A
    Fadi A 2 months ago

    at the end it was very sad lol, those people are losers

  • Marcos Domingos Rocha
    Marcos Domingos Rocha 2 months ago

    This kind of events gives us HOPE! Thank you!

  • Machike57
    Machike57 2 months ago

    Compelled speech is a back door into Socialist/Communist/Fascist society.

  • jennodine
    jennodine 2 months ago +1

    Wow, I thought Canada was our polite & quiet neighbor who has their shit together. This compelled speech stuff with its totalitarian roots is really frightening.

  • beautyjunkie
    beautyjunkie 2 months ago

    Wow, I can't believe the left is so violent!!! I am ashamed that I used to call myself a liberal not anymore. The crazies outdoors should go to an eastern block country and get educated!!! My ethnic background maternally is Ikrainian so I have known my whole life the evils of communism.

  • Rohan Narain
    Rohan Narain 2 months ago

    Those people banging on the windows are projecting nothing but fear of their ideology being exposed for the abomination that it really is.

  • Миглена Петрова

    When I watched the paunding croud I made an association with Bulgarian communist group which made the bloodiest terrorist attack on Bulgarian soil. The atentat in the church Saint Nedelya in Sofia.
    It was carried out on April 16, 1925, on Holy Thursday, when a group of extremists from the Bulgarian Communist Party's military organization blew the roof of St. Nedelya church in Sofia. At that time, the funeral ceremony of General Konstantin Georgiev, killed on April 14 of that year by other Communists, was held there. The special purpose of the attack was to eradicate the military and political elite of the country. The attack killed 134 people and wounded about 500, part of them died later by their wounds.
    Among the casualties were innocent women, children, students and disabled war veterans.
    When you see this kind of bahaviour led by blind hatred, be careful.
    The same communist party ruled in Bulgaria for 45 years.
    In the first years of the communist regime almost all the intelligencia was obliterated. Medical doctors, scientists, buisnesmen, professors, teachers, priests and Christian pastors were thrown in forced labor camps. Most of them died there.
    Some of them survived and wrote their memories.
    If you care of your children, do NOT let communists win. Еvery communist regime is degenerating into dictatorship. No exeptions.

  • ionthegravity2
    ionthegravity2 2 months ago

    I don't know that I could have just sat there. I may have been tempted to break the damn window, jump out and start swinging on SJWs.

  • Yorky One
    Yorky One 2 months ago

    Amazing that a University established to discuss idea's & philosophy is the target of protesters objecting to that aim.

  • Free culture
    Free culture 2 months ago

    Dr.Peterson...and the drones at the gate.

  • logicmanX
    logicmanX 2 months ago

    www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/07/08/government-drops-doctor-says-gender-given-birth/

  • Paul Barker
    Paul Barker 2 months ago

    Who were those young white men yelling "F*** white supremacy"? You know if any one of them had stopped and said "Hey, I don't think we should be breaking these windows" the rest of the crowd would have turned on them and called them racists. It is very revealing as to who the intolerant ones are.

  • Vitance
    Vitance 2 months ago

    After this video I'm going to relax by watching a video of college protesters being pepper sprayed...

  • fthechance
    fthechance 2 months ago

    No arrests? Breaking windows, blocking emergency exits... I could go on, those are all OFFENSES...

  • John Lyster
    John Lyster 2 months ago

    57.45 mark, "I know where identity politics leads......it leads to the gulag, it leads to the concentration camps, it leads to blood in the streets, we don't need that here, we're doing pretty well, so we can leave it". Phew....not jumping the shark here are we Jordan? If Jordan didn't spend so much time concerning himself with "the marxists, the radicals and the extreme left", he might possibly have crystalised most of this seminar into the reasonable libertarian principle, "educate/communicate....don't legislate". This might get a simple message across without all the aggro.............and help reduce the anxious, high pitched tone in his voice.

  • Richard Shortall
    Richard Shortall 2 months ago

    Cathy Newman has flushed her credibility down the toilet - her career is now reduced to a one liner. She deserves it

  • HowardRoark5150
    HowardRoark5150 2 months ago

    Anyone who doesn’t think the people pounding on the windows wouldn’t slaughter you if given the chance, you’re delusional. These are the same types of people that murdered millions in the last century. They are your neighbors, coworkers, relatives, etc. Never give them any power.

  • Dick Varga
    Dick Varga 2 months ago

    if the self-absorbed egoists pounding on the windows did not have the gender issue they would have another. what is important to them is that they be seen, heard, catered to.

  • Dick Varga
    Dick Varga 2 months ago

    how do i know which pronouns a person wishes me to use? will they wear a badge indicating their preference? i am willing to do so: HM tp = Heterosexual Male traditional pronouns.

  • Sadeq Alabedi
    Sadeq Alabedi 2 months ago

    That good 👍

  • Warcorn Sugarfart
    Warcorn Sugarfart 2 months ago +1

    As an ex SJW, whenever he points out how silly it all is i am prone to laugh nervously lol
    Im glad thats not my life anymore, i feel like im happier since i let that go.
    I did protests, organized events and all that, from the ages of 16-18. I didnt even know how to make a resume but i was out there shouting nonsense about politics i thought i understood. It turns out its easy to convince a teenager they know better than everyone else lol.
    I had an interest in politics and social issues but instead of being encouraged to study and learn the basics of it, i was taught to lead chants and organize mobs.
    I know enough now to know i dont know everything.
    And I now value a long, tiring debate over a screaming match any day.

  • lindsaysimplyliving
    lindsaysimplyliving 3 months ago

    This was difficult to watch.

  • Thomas Richmond
    Thomas Richmond 3 months ago +1

    Could you imagine the consequence of conservative students doing this to a liberal speaker?

  • Rob Thomas
    Rob Thomas 3 months ago

    The irony is poetic. Very powerful.

  • KLDennis34
    KLDennis34 3 months 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 months ago

    Inspirational. Well done, Sir.

  • TF0ks
    TF0ks 3 months ago +1

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

  • Tim Veater
    Tim Veater 3 months ago

    Free speech. Yes free it!

  • jceepf
    jceepf 3 months ago +1

    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 3 months 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 3 months 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 3 months 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 3 months ago +1

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

  • Captainlex
    Captainlex 3 months 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.

  • Avalon Justin
    Avalon Justin 3 months 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 3 months 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 3 months 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 3 months 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
    Eric 3 months 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 3 months ago

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

  • Terry lick
    Terry lick 3 months 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 3 months 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 3 months ago

    Watching this high is like watching a fucking horror movie!

  • Ruth Nagarya
    Ruth Nagarya 3 months ago

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

  • Ruth Nagarya
    Ruth Nagarya 3 months 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 3 months 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 3 months ago

    These Libtards are useful idiots!

  • Junk Science
    Junk Science 3 months 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!