When controversial Canadian psychologist Jordan Peterson toured Australia and New Zealand in February, tickets sold out in days. In Brisbane, they sold out in minutes. But even though Peterson is a professor at the University of Toronto, he didn’t speak at any universities. If he had, he would certainly have been ‘deplatformed’ by student protesters eager to shut him up.
Deplatforming is now the tactic of choice for the social justice warrior (SJW) cult. Deplatformers pressure organisations to refuse a platform to speakers they don’t like. Universities are especially vulnerable to deplatforming because militant SJW students can threaten disruption, embarrassment, and even violence to silence people they don’t want (others) to hear. They can even threaten self-harm, as when SJWs suggest that the presence of a politically incorrect speaker in an auditorium across campus could provoke an emotionally vulnerable student to suicide.
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