Jordan Peterson appearing on Real Time with Bill Maher didn’t disappoint. Say what you will about Maher’s shortcomings. He’s pretty solid when it comes to free speech (see Bill Maher: You’re Not Woke, You’re Just a Douchebag and Bill Maher Blasts Fragile Millennials Over Their #MeToo Extremism). Peterson, of course, is our life coach.
BILL MAHER: I would always be asked, “What is your definition of political correctness?” And I would always say it’s the elevation of sensitivity over truth. Which seems like what it still is. Except it’s worse than ever.
JORDAN PETERSON: It’s more like the moral posturing of sensitivity over truth. It’s even worse.
Then, they went on to discuss comedians being unwelcome at college campuses. A topic we at LwC are familiar with ourselves.
I call these people “emotional hemophiliacs.” It’s like the least little thing will make them start to “bleed.” There answer isn’t to not to go into a room full of sharp objects. Their answer is to make all of us wear bubble wrap. So that nothing we do gives them a moment of discomfort.
Both Maher and Dr. Peterson understand the importance of unregulated piehole utterances. Our ability to speak freely doesn’t end because oversensitive lefties with their purple armpit hair and “service animals” might take offense. Seeing as the left is offended by everything, policing hate speech might as well be banning words entirely.
The fight over free speech will be raging like a chronic case of the Herp for years to come. Who knows who will come out on top. One reassuring thing is how people who line up on both the left and right can come together to rail against politically correct douchery. There’s still hope.