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Monday, January 8, 2018
The Left’s Siege of Our Universities
Horowitz’s latest book chronicles the Left’s transformation of academic
institutions into doctrinal training centers.
In November, an incident regarding
freedom of speech on campus took place at Ontario’s Wilfrid Laurier University
that galvanized the attention of Canadians and of those with an interest in
this subject beyond our borders.
A graduate student in the field of
Communications, Lindsay Shepherd, used a short segment in class from a debate
on TVOntario’s nightly issues show, The Agenda, to illustrate to her
students how linguistic terminology can become contested terrain in the realm
of ideas. The presenting issue was freedom of speech; the vehicle for debate
was the use of transgender pronouns. The segment Shepherd showed – without
either approval or condemnation - included forceful pushback against “compelled
speech” by Jordan
Peterson, a University of Toronto professor whose publicly avowed refusal
to use constructed gender pronouns has in the past 18 months rocketed him, via
a tsunami of vlogs and public appearances, from virtual obscurity outside the
academy to continental celebrity.
In short order Shepherd was summoned
to a meeting with her supervisor, her department head and the director of WLU’s
Gendered and Sexual Violence and Support program. What happened at that meeting
– more like a Star Chamber interrogation – would have fallen into the
historical oubliette, except for the fact that Shepherd recorded it and shared
it with the media.
Ordinary Canadians who listened to this
recording were stupefied at the overt intimidation and condemnation
Shepherd was subjected to, including accusations of “transphobia,” a comparison
of Peterson to Hitler and for good measure a sprinkling of demonizing “racism”
and “white supremacist” to ensure the message took hold. All because she
adopted a perspective of neutrality in presenting conflicting opinions to her
class so that they could freely discuss the issue without her influence. This
was an intolerable stance for her left-wing superiors.
The repercussions of this incident
are still unfolding, and you can read a detailed account of it here.
The most-used word by commentators writing about that fateful was “Orwellian.”
And it was. In my
own commentary on the affair, I ended with the suggestion that Canada
establish “the Lindsay Shepherd Students’ Bill of Academic Rights.” I would
like to say that the idea of such a bill was my own, but of course it isn’t.
The timely reason it sprang to mind was that I had just finished reading Book
VIII of David Horowitz’s Black
Book of the American Left: The Left in the University, the newest
release in Horowitz’s ten-book series of collected conservative writings. In
this instalment, Horowitz chronicles his crusade to establish such a bill in
The common denominator of all the
articles in this volume is the appalling comfort of the academic community with
the travesty of scholarship exemplified in the Shepherd affair, where an
attempt by a young and intellectually uncorrupted colleague to embody the
spirit of actual scholarly research by presenting both sides of an argument on
a question of principle was attacked as an evil impulse.