American culture has a few depressingly familiar rituals. One of them is the solemn apology.
"Please forgive me, O left-wing guardians of allowable opinion, for I have expressed an unapproved thought."
It's awful to watch someone debase himself like that.
Which is what makes it all the more thrilling to encounter someone who stands his ground, refuses to apologize, and tells the thought controllers to take a hike.
That's exactly what the professors in this collection did.
What collection is that? Why, my new (and free) eBook, Think for Yourself: Professors Who Resisted the Mob Tell Their Stories.
Each one of these people has experienced or chronicled what goes on at the mental institutions we laughingly call universities.
And each one has refused to apologize for telling the truth, being normal, or whatever other made-up offense got the shriekers riled up.
The person who fits this description best, and who is now known around the world, is of course Jordan Peterson. He told the gender crazies: I'm not doing this.
He became an international sensation. It all started with his refusal to comply with the latest edict. He said that if they fined him he wouldn't pay, and if they imprisoned him he'd go on a hunger strike.
This is the last thing in the world the left wanted. They don't want to have to imprison a psychology professor who taught at Harvard – not because they're humane, since they're not, but because doing so would make them look bad. They simply want to intimidate him into doing their bidding in the first place, so it never has to come to that.
Peterson couldn't be intimidated, which means he is the kind of man they fear the most.
He's now sold millions of copies of his latest book, in a feat almost no nonfiction author ever comes close to achieving, and he's on an 85-city world tour.
And it all began when he simply said: I'm not doing this.
But although Peterson is the best-known such academic, there are others. Their stories will inspire you, and teach you quite a bit about how academia really works these days.