I very much enjoyed this short piece that the comedian Jim Jefferies did on the campus free speech wars. He conducts quite a tough interview with Jordan Peterson and successfully tests Peterson’s commitment to freedom of expression. Jefferies asks Peterson if he thinks bakers should be forced to make cakes for the weddings of homosexual couples even if the bakers oppose gay marriage. Initially, Peterson answers no, but revises his answer when Jefferies brings up the the desegregation of public space (restaurants, bars, schools, etc.) during the civil rights struggle in the American South, as an example. It showed real intellectual integrity and honesty on the part of Peterson to reverse his first answer. Many intellectuals find it difficult to admit when they may be wrong, especially when they’ve publicly committed to a position. They will argue it way beyond the bounds of credulity and reason, purely for the sake of ego. Peterson may have been guilty of that in a debate he had with Sam Harris on the Waking Up podcast in 2017.
Do watch the interview in full. Jefferies isn’t easy on Peterson, but he doesn’t play nicely with censorious campus activists who try and subvert free speech either.