McGST Podcast Episode 33 (I don’t have a problem with those who have a problem with things I don’t have a problem with)

In this quick episode I talk to myself about disagreeing with the views of others while remaining reasonable and how ultimately we will likely all argue about everything forever.

Please note that I quoted some percentages about the Oxford Vaccine which were slightly out, but the point they were used to make still stands as correct.

Music by Tom Munch



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  1. Very interesting. Thanks for the compliments – blush. So I looked up Jordan Peterson, again. It’s like looking for a centrist published view in American politics. Almost everything is slanted. I did find an article detailing 13 of Peterson’s quotes that I pretty much agreed to. Mind you, those quotes weren’t by any means controversial, rather they were approaches to how you live your life.

    But Peterson knows that McLuhan was right, the medium is the message. So if he can sound controversial, his message gets out there.

    I don’t agree with all of it, but I have no problem him saying anything he wants to. It’s not hate by Canadian laws. It may make people uncomfortable. But if so, maybe the discussion is warranted. We should understand why we find things uncomfortable. Otherwise we get what’s considered the cancel culture. I’d hate for my grandchildren to only hear one side of things. That’s effectively brainwashing.

    You can take most of his arguments and they’re going to upset some group of people. Let’s take the gender pronoun issue. I completely understand that a person should be called what that person would like to be called. That’s just caring of that person’s feelings plus it’s polite. However, when you first meet a person, you have no idea of that person’s desires or preferences. Once you find out, you can be caring and polite. Peterson complained that when gender identity or expression was added to Canada’s hate laws, that he might be liable for not using the correct pronoun. I have no problem with him warning about that, but the law doesn’t say that. Calling someone by other than their preferred pronoun is not hate by Canada’s laws. It’s not caring or polite but it’s not hate.

    My concern is that there will be a certain part of the populous that will take his words at face value and not think them through. I could argue that this is much like the die-hard Trump supporters in the U.S. That said, it’s much more dangerous to democracy and free speech generally to try and suppress uncomfortable ideas than to let them out and debate them openly.

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