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Penguin Random House Canada Staff Want Jordan Peterson’s New Book Cancelled

Penguin Random House Canada Staff Want Jordan Peterson’s New Book Cancelled

“He is an icon of hate speech and transphobia and the fact that he’s an icon of white supremacy, regardless of the content of his book, I’m not proud to work for a company that publishes him.”

Canadian psychologist Jordan Peterson is set to release a new book, Beyond Order: 12 More Rules for Life, in march of 2021, but the announcement of his latest work set the publishing company ablaze.

According to VICE, some staffers felt ambushed by the news of Peterson’s upcoming book and many pushed to have the book cancelled during a confrontation with Penguin Random House management Monday. Management held a town hall meeting with employees in which they defended their decision to publish Peterson’s book.

On Monday, Penguin Random House Canada, Canada’s largest book publisher and a subsidiary of Penguin Random House, announced it will be publishing Beyond Order: 12 More Rules for Life by Peterson, to be released in March 2021. The book will be published by Portfolio in the U.S. and Penguin Press in the U.K., both part of the Penguin Random House empire.

Four Penguin Random House Canada employees, who did not want to be named due to concerns over their employment, said the company held a town hall about the book Monday, during which executives defended the decision to publish Peterson while employees cited their concerns about platforming someone who is popular in far-right circles.

“He is an icon of hate speech and transphobia and the fact that he’s an icon of white supremacy, regardless of the content of his book, I’m not proud to work for a company that publishes him,” a junior employee who is a member of the LGBTQ community and who attended the town hall told VICE World News.

Another employee said “people were crying in the meeting about how Jordan Peterson has affected their lives.” They said one co-worker discussed how Peterson had radicalized their father and another, who is talked about how publishing the book will negatively affect their non-binary friend.

“The company since June has been doing all these anti-racist and allyship things and them publishing Peterson’s book completely goes against this. It just makes all of their previous efforts seem completely performative,” the employee added.

A third employee told VICE World News the company’s diversity and inclusion committee received at least 70 anonymous messages about Peterson’s book, and only a couple are in favour of the decision to publish it.

In an email statement, Penguin Random House Canada said it is open to its employees’ feedback.

“We announced yesterday that we will publish Jordan Peterson’s new book Beyond Order this coming March. Immediately following the announcement, we held a forum and provided a space for our employees to express their views and offer feedback. Our employees have started an anonymous feedback channel, which we fully support. We are open to hearing our employees’ feedback and answering all of their questions. We remain committed to publishing a range of voices and viewpoints,” the statement said.

I can’t hear town hall meeting without thinking of Parks and Recreation, but in any case, the response to Peterson writing a book that is a follow up to his 12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos, which discusses growing up, accepting responsibility, and owning your role in your life is tired and predictable given the response to Peterson in general, who, in a just world, would be the least controversial figure among us. I’d also put money on the table that no one objecting to the publication of his second book has read its predecessor.

12 Rules for Life is a national and international number one best seller because it’s chocked full of basic boundary holding advice that’s all but completely missing from most facets of broad culture and even parenting these days.


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“I’m not proud to work for a company that publishes him,” a junior employee who is a member of the LGBTQ community and who attended the town hall told VICE World News.”

Then quit, you entitled snowflake. There are plenty of unemployed victims of COVID closures who will be happy to do your job, and almost certainly be a hell of a lot better at it.

    “Snowflake” is not the right name for this guy: “useful fascist idiot” is.

    Peterson should self-publish his book, in conjunction with other authors – start their own publishing company, and break Penguin.

      Brave Sir Robbin in reply to | November 25, 2020 at 11:39 am

      ““Snowflake” is not the right name for this guy: “useful fascist idiot” is.”

      I certainly agree they are not “snowflakes.” They are, however, NOT “useful fascist idiots,” but rather actual fascists. They claim to be for tolerance, but they only tolerate rate those who kneel before them. Everyone else must be destroyed. This is the enemy before us.

    JusticeDelivered in reply to henrybowman. | November 24, 2020 at 10:37 pm

    Peterson is smart, and his no BS temperament is quite entertaining. Even more entertaining is how idiots react, kind of like how they react to Trump’s tweets.

    SpaceInvader in reply to henrybowman. | November 24, 2020 at 10:42 pm

    So, what you’re saying is….

    Agreed. If these wimps are truly that upset, they MUST find other work.

      Brave Sir Robbin in reply to jimB. | November 25, 2020 at 11:49 am

      They are not “whimps.” They are fascist bullies. They will riot and loot, and burn things down. They will stomp on your head and leave you to die in the street. Stop thinking they are whimps. The whimps are the people who say they care about freedom but who let them riot, and loot, and burn things down, and attack people, and censor and cancel people. Whimps? They rushed and attacked a guy armed with an AR-15, and kicked him, and beat him with a skate board, and pulled a pistol on him to kill him, after chasing him across the street after he had the audacity to put out a fire they started and had already shot and killed one of his attackers. Seriously – do not underestimate they people or what they will do.

The left really loves their Soviet style speech suppression, don’t they?

“Our employees have started an anonymous feedback channel, which we fully support.”

A budding Revolutionary Watch Committee, complete with a snitch line. When do the corporate suits get to wear their dunce caps?

    JusticeDelivered in reply to Recovering Lutheran. | November 24, 2020 at 10:50 pm

    I had a problem like this with some employees, I fired the three ringleaders, it was a PIA training replacements.

      I remember reading about what the owner of Red Bull did a while back, when the SJW’s tried to get together inside the company to start trouble, a few of them, and start groups, to get some of the employees there to form up and create dissent among the ranks.

      Head guy fired the lot of them once identified, and there were a few of them that were higher up, gave them severance, said take it or leave it, but get gone and NOW! Solved the problem, and there was no more of that. And there was no complaining about it from the left after that, either, they had no idea what to do with it….

      The Friendly Grizzly in reply to JusticeDelivered. | November 25, 2020 at 2:43 pm

      I’m curious about what took place. In any case: good for you, sir.

Suckers walk, money talks, but it can’t touch my 3 lock box ?

LI sure does have lots of refresh, I feel like I’m back on Drudge ?

The Anti Truth squad is after Peterson

This seems like another example of the Thought Police and their minions trying to control what people are allowed to read and think.

I suspect they might make enough noise to make Peterson’s latest book a Best Seller. For example, I didn’t know about 12 Rules for Life, but now I think I’ll order a copy on Amazon!

Peterson has courage while these staffers are cowards.

    henrybowman in reply to Whitewall. | November 24, 2020 at 8:29 pm

    Peterson is exactly the guy to have courage enough to tell Penguin brass, “You have a choice to make here. You can let your mailroom chimps run the company you pretend to own, or you can publish my book and make money. Otherwise, I’ll publish elsewhere, or all on my own, and all you’ll have left is your chimps.”

Today Candace Owens filed suit against what is essentially the company that runs USA Today for defamation and tortious interference.

I wish Peterson would subpoena the names of the people leaking to VICE and sue them for tortious interference. Though I doubt he will given his current health.

More suits would make people think twice about their behaviour.

I used to work for a newspaper. They published a terrific amount of stuff I found offensive, biased or just plain stupid. I wasn’t proud of my employer but it was, otherwise, an interesting job and the money was good.

Everything in life involves trade offs. You can’t get rid of the bad. You have to learn how to choose. It’s something adults do.

When you see the words “hate speech,” “transphobia,” and “white supremacy” you know nothing intelligent is coming next.

    Those words don’t portend ‘nothing intelligent is coming next” more than ‘obama’, biden,’ ‘ny times’, ‘kamala harris’, hillary clinton,’ ‘nancy pelosi’, ‘msnbc’, etc etc

    The scary part is that their malignant words are being absorbed by fools happily living in a media bubble.

    henrybowman in reply to CrustyB. | November 24, 2020 at 8:30 pm

    Add “systemic,” “heteronormative,” “sustainable,” and “algorithm.”

    Dliefsarb Yrral in reply to CrustyB. | November 24, 2020 at 8:45 pm

    The word “performative” does it for me. It’s like a sign reading, “I am a pretentious moron who feigns sophistication.”

    JHogan in reply to CrustyB. | November 24, 2020 at 10:38 pm

    They have become ‘fill-in-the-blank’ terms and phrases used to silence people, get them in trouble, and get them fired.

    There were many such terms and phrases in the Soviet Union and Mao’s China.

    The Friendly Grizzly in reply to CrustyB. | November 25, 2020 at 2:48 pm

    Throw in:
    Empowering/ Empowerment

They went Full Snowflake, telling the universe what triggers them.

You never go Full Snowflake.

When asked to connect any of Jordan’s expressions to racism and transphobia… the employees repeated their complaints louder and louder.

Who in the Republican Party will defend him? Scumbags like Paul Ryan?

“The Election Is Over – The Attacks On Our Voting System Really Need to Stop” – Right on Time, Dirty Paul Ryan Hits Trump at Virtual EU Conference:

We have GOT to form a third party. We have GOT to abandon the Republican party: they need us, not the other way around! They will NEVER stop stabbing us in the back. NEVER.

I think the food hauling truckers should refuse to drive to any state in lockdown. If it’s too dangerous for the citizens of the state, it’s way too dangerous for them.
Let the little queerlgbtqz whatever sit on that and twirl.

Request denied.

I am curious why people who are reduced to tears by their employer publishing a book whose viewpoints they disagree with should choose a career in publishing.

Ah, the Rainbow (i.e exclusive of black, brown, and taking gay pride in the shredded remains of white), a symbol of diversity and exclusion; and the Pro-Choice-inspired sociopolitical congruence (“=”) construct or selective exclusion. Trans/homosexuals are transphobic and don’t entertain inclusion in the transgender (i.e. deviation from masculine and feminine sex-correlated gender physical and mental — sexual orientation — attributes) spectrum.

Progress is [unqualified] monotonic change: one step forward, two steps backward. Liberalism is a divergent (e.g. generational, sectarian) ideology. #HateLovesAbortion

All you phomohobes just don’t understand how important allyship is to intersecting with other marginalized personkind! Until you boomers, rednecks, and all other forms of Trumpistas are re-educated, the lives of all marginalized, deprivileged persons will be living in a precarious Hell.

They are being paid to do a job, not tell their employer that they are butthurt. As Glenn Reynolds so aptly points out, publishing assistants are dime a dozen on the best labor market days, and if they are whining—fire them and hire new assistants who will do the job for less money and will shut up about it.

Leftists employees at the largest publishing company in Canada crying and throwing a tantrum because their employer is publishing the works of someone they don’t believe should be allowed free speech.

These people completely lack any sense of self awareness.

Transphobia: knowing there are only two sexes.
Hate speech: disagreeing with a leftist.
White supremac: been born into a non-preferential race.

It’s writing, not speech.

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The Real Truth | November 25, 2020 at 5:47 pm

Plenty of amazing CLASSIC books, were published in the past, that could NEVER be published today ! The LEFT believes that ONLY books, or articles that THEY agree with, should be published, which is totally LUDICROUS.

The staff should be fired and not allowed to work at any other publisher. The communist left thinks only books they approve of should be published. The price for free speech is everyone gets to have it , only way it can be.

“I am curious why people who are reduced to tears by their employer publishing a book whose viewpoints they disagree with should choose a career in publishing.”

Publishing jobs attract English majors (and occasionally majors in other liberal arts subjects) in an age when academic humanities in general (but especially English departments) have become a wasteland of politicized High Theory. (And, yes, this population is overwhelmingly white and female.)

In such an environment, one should hardly be surprised that publishers (but especially those in publishing with even the most minor editorial duties) tend to be Jacobins, infused with a zeal to purge culture of its sins- or just burn it all down and start anew.

One can, after all, see the much same PoV in those newspapers that still publish book reviews in that the reviews seldom explore any dimension of the work being reviewed beyond Identity (of the author, and of characters in works of fiction) and the presumed politics of the work and its author.

Fortunately Peterson has enough stature that he could probably succeed by self-publishing, should it come to that.

A Punk Named Yunk | November 26, 2020 at 4:48 pm

They had no problem publishing “Fifty Shades of Gray”, a tract of misogynistic pornography that normalizes the objectification of women. But [un]common-sense wisdom on how to live a more rewarding life? RACIST! WHITE SUPREMACY! Because we all know now that clean living, logical thinking, and even making your own bed are indicators of WHITE SUPREMACY! And the PATRIARCHY!

Hey, even objecting to having your store looted is racist.

There was a dystopian sci-fi story name “Examination Day” by Henry Slesar. Spoiler alert… Stop reading now if you don’t want to see the punch line.

The 12-year-old child must take an intelligence exam. The parents receive a phone call that “… his intelligence quotient is above the Government regulation” and asking the parents if the want a private interment or by the government.

Are we heading in this direction?