Jordan Peterson must submit to “forced re-education” or risk losing medical licence

Tyranny of the petty

Really quite incredible news out of Canada today, One of the world’s best known writers and clinical psychologists has been told by his regulatory body that he must submit himself for “social media re-training” or possibly lose his licence, after he tweeted criticisms of Justin Trudeau and others.

Jordan Peterson said that The College of Psychologists of Ontario ordered him to undergo “social media communications retraining” or face a hearing on the potential suspension of his medical license.

Dr Peterson decried the move as the actions of “commissars” and said that “forced re-education” was now censoring academics and professionals in Canada.

The psychologist said that he has been accused of harming people, but pointed out that “none of the complainants are past or present clients or acquainted with any of them”.

Dr Peterson said he was to be forced to take social media training, with reports documenting his progress – and that if he refused he faces an in-person tribunal hearing and suspension of his right to practice as a licensed clinical psychologist.

The College of Psychologists of Ontario received some dozen complaints from people living all over the world who took issue with tweets and comments made by Dr Peterson on The Joe Rogan Experience, claiming they harmed people.

But the famed psychologist said that the CPO decided to pursue these complaints “even though they could have been dismissed as vexatious”.

Dr Peterson has the second most serious category of punishment levied against him and has been deemed high risk to reoffend, he said.

Canada is now a place where “practicing professionals can have their livelihoods and public reputations threatened in a very serious manner for agreeing with the Official Opposition and criticizing major government figures,” he said.

He warned Canadians their doctors, lawyers, psychologists, and other professionals are “now so intimidated by their commissar overlords that they fear to tell you the truth.”

Its hard to disagree with that summation. The more progressive a country believes itself to be, the more petty and punitive its authorities often are. Its the tyranny of the weak and the small-minded.

U.S. based attorney Mario Fratto responded to Peterson saying:  “Retraining,” they are going 100% forward with the 1984 playbook, huh?”

To which businessman Elon Musk responded: “Sounds like it”.

Dr Peterson has written to Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau saying that he will not participate in the re-education process – and decrying the stifling of free speech.

“I simply cannot resign myself to the fact that in my lifetime I am required to resort to a public letter to the leader of my country to point out that political criticism has now become such a crime in Canada that if professionals dare engage in such activity, government-appointed commissars will threaten their livelihood and present them with the spectacle of denouncement and political disgrace,” Peterson wrote.

“There is simply and utterly no excuse whatsoever for such a state of affairs in a free country.”

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