Anti-woke professor Jordan B Peterson’s new self-help book for the masses will sell millions. No wonder the liberals are in tears
Damian Wilson is a UK journalist, ex-Fleet Street editor, financial industry consultant and political communications special advisor in the UK and EU.
Pop psychologist Jordan Peterson’s ideas have been branded ‘hate speech’ by his publisher’s tearful employees, even though his books pay their wages. No doubt they’d prefer their company to publish feminist bilge like I Hate Men.
For those inclined towards self-help, there are shelves packed with books on the meaning of life, and controversial psychologist Jordan B Peterson is about to add to them with his new work Beyond Order: 12 More Rules for Life, out next March.
Oh! The gnashing of teeth, the tearing of hair and heart-rending wailing that has caused. And that’s just from those who work at his publisher.
The Canadian clinical psychologist and professor of psychology at the University of Toronto already puts the liberal media in a tailspin. ‘How dangerous is Jordan B Peterson, the rightwing professor who ‘hit a hornets’ nest’?’, asked The Guardian. ‘Jordan Peterson, Custodian of the Patriarchy’ claimed the New York Times. These are typical of the headlines that greeted his 2018 multi-million selling 12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos.
And now there’s more. Having announced the pending publication of his new book, publishing company Penguin Random House Canada then immediately held a forum, which “provided a space for our employees to express their views and offer feedback.” Bad idea.
Anywhere else, this is called a staff bitch-fest where everyone slags off the bosses without fear of retribution. This being Canada, it is called a town hall and is what woke workplace cowards now offer instead of bold corporate leadership.
But give the screaming, hysterical liberals of the publishing world a forum to express their intolerance and self-righteousness about your company’s plans and you may as well ask Leonard, that junior from HR, to head up the team rolling out all your proposed publications for the next financial year.
Nothing of value comes from such an exercise, other than the conviction that, “We won’t do that again!”
Energised by the company spotlight, and in a delightful exhibition of childish foot-stamping, one Penguin employee declared that Peterson was “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.