Notes on my Kavanaugh Tweet


This week (October 5, 2018), I responded to a Twitter thread consisting of a conversation between Bret Weinstein, the American biologist and evolutionary theorist who was once (before the controversy) a professor at Evergreen College, and his brother Eric Weinstein, Managing Director at Thiel Capital, and the man who coined

Notes on my Kavanaugh Tweet2018-10-09T18:47:43+00:00

Durham City Council Purchases Unearned Virtue with the Currency of Denouncement


A few days ago (July 6, 2018) Mayor Pro Tempore Jillian Johnson and her colleagues on the Durham city council saw fit to release a statement on FaceBook concerning my upcoming 12 Rules for Life Tour appearance September 10 at the Performing Arts Center in their city. These are the

Durham City Council Purchases Unearned Virtue with the Currency of Denouncement2018-07-09T08:31:27+00:00

Kwakwaka’wakw controversy


Last week, Pankaj Mishra @nybooks offered his opinions about my life and my work in the New York Review of Books. He also touched upon my affiliation with Kwakwaka'wakw artist Charles Joseph ( Other journalists have since jumped on the bandwagon, so I thought I

Kwakwaka’wakw controversy2018-03-23T14:32:14+00:00

My New Year’s Letter to the World


Dear World: On January 16, I am going to talk with Sam Harris, on his podcast, Waking Up with Sam Harris. Dr. Harris is one of the so-called New Atheists, of which there are four. Like the other three Christopher Hitchens, Dan Dennett and Richard Dawkins – who, by the

My New Year’s Letter to the World2018-02-12T14:04:04+00:00

Print Media Surrounding Anti-PC Dialogue


A List of Related Print Media Coverage Linked Title Source Date Widdowson: Universities are letting free speech crumble – and they shouldn't Ottawa Citizen 25 Nov Examples abound of common sense in Canada and idiocy in America The Observer 25 Nov Christie Blatchford: UBC prof who denounced U

Print Media Surrounding Anti-PC Dialogue2016-11-25T17:45:19+00:00

Bill C-16 Discussed in Senate by Hon. Donald Neil Plett


Hon. Donald Neil Plett: Colleagues, last week Bill C-16, gender identity and gender expression, passed third reading in the other place without a recorded vote. This came on the heels of the Justice Committee refusing to hear from witnesses on this legislation. That's right, colleagues, no public hearings. We

Bill C-16 Discussed in Senate by Hon. Donald Neil Plett2016-11-24T11:59:09+00:00

U of T Debate on Bill C-16 and Human Rights Legislation


Here is the debate held Nov 19 at 9:30 am at the University of Toronto on Free Speech, Political Correctness and Bill C-16. Participants included Dean David Cameron, who introduced the debate. Mayo Moran, a law professor, who moderated it, psychology Professor Jordan B Peterson, speaking out against the

U of T Debate on Bill C-16 and Human Rights Legislation2016-11-22T17:52:46+00:00

An Update on PC Debate


I have been negotiating the terms of a proposed debate/discussion about political correctness with the University of Toronto administration. However, they are concerned about the legality of my recent rejection of legislatively-imposed politically correct language, and the potential entanglement of the university. As my employer, the university is, under

An Update on PC Debate2016-11-22T20:06:25+00:00