New Zealand via New York

Extra extra.  Read all about it.  Just reported in National Review from New York.  Nothing in the main Australian news:

New Zealand Retailer Pulls Jordan Peterson Book after Mosque Shootings

Whitcoulls, New Zealand’s largest bookstore franchise, pulled the work of Jordan Peterson from its shelves Wednesday in response to the mosque shootings that claimed 50 lives in Christchurch last week.

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34 Responses to New Zealand via New York

  1. Tim Neilson

    Whitcoulls, New Zealand’s largest bookstore franchise, pulled the work of Jordan Peterson from its shelves Wednesday in response to the mosque shootings that claimed 50 lives in Christchurch last week.

    What are they going to do with the stock on hand?
    Perhaps a public bookburning is in order.

  2. Robbo

    When it comes to overreaction New Zealand leads the way. The last time they were as hysterical was when the underarm bowling occurred. If Arden has her way it will not be long before becoming a Muslim will be compulsory.

  3. notafan

    Good publicity for Jordan

    everyone will just buy it online instead

  4. wal1957

    Maybe the Bible will be next!
    Anything to appease the SJW.

  5. Fred

    But you can still buy Mein Kampf.

  6. Bones

    Poor little petals. The Scottish Highland Chiefs of old will be roaring in their graves.

  7. Herodotus

    Can’t have people being told to clean their room, get a job, get married and have children, accept promotions, make the most of your life in a sensible and somewhat old-fashioned way.
    It’s likely to send people right off the rails. Or at least vote conservative, which is something the leftoid book fanciers don’t want to happen.

  8. teamv

    The voluntary gun submission has failed with just 37 guns out of the estimated 1.2 million turned in.

  9. MikeS

    I doubt that they’ve read it but find myself wondering which particular chapter they would find objectionable. Perhaps chapter 6 “Set your house in perfect order before you criticize the world” was too confronting. Maybe the discussion of how Solzhenitsyn damned the USSR or the stuff about good and evil triggered the virtuous.

    I also wonder if the book monitors have found their way to the shelf with Douglas Murray’s “The Strange Death of Europe”. That might really give them something to disapprove of. If they are truly concerned about inciting violence among the feeble minded, perhaps the censors will keep rolling through to the aisles with the more sensational Quranic studies.

  10. The Beer Whisperer

    The voluntary gun submission has failed with just 37 guns out of the estimated 1.2 million turned in.

    I’m guessing the left have used up all their goodwill since Port Arthur.

  11. Deplorable

    What are they going to do with the stock on hand?
    Perhaps a public bookburning is in order.

    Oh yes , the koran and bible plus any other cultist books can go as well then peace and goodwill may break out instead of this extreme left wing virtue signalling that has nothing to do with keeping citizens safe.

  12. Bones

    Assuming the voluntary gun surrender has failed to the degree reported, this situation reminds me of commuters’ traffic behaviour in sensible yet direct contravention of a speed limit which is patently absurd.

    For example roadworks on the sides of a 6 lane motorway, the roadworks separated from traffic flow by concrete barriers end to end, 3 lanes each way and a speed limit of 80 kph. (also few if any roadworks personnel or machinery working).

    In my experience the traffic happily flows along at speeds of 100 kph or more without any likelihood of supposed difficulties associated with this level of speed at this locale.

    My takeout on this traffic situation is that the average joe is sensible and does not need to be stood over by stupid rules created by bureaucrats and which are enforced from time to time by police when it suits.

    To government a plea; just leave us alone.

    I now assume the brace position.

  13. Megan

    The woke bookshop. It’s the one place you would expect to be apolitical. I’ll never darken their doors again and I’m a book collector extraordinaire.

  14. pbw

    Was it just the large magazine version that was withdrawn?

  15. Terry

    It is their right what they do or do not sell.

    They also own the consequences of exercising that right.

    The financial oblivion that awaits such business practices will be well earned.

  16. Chris M

    How quickly this little country jumped into totalitarianism, no time for the citizens to comment or even think about what is happening.

  17. Bones
    #2966792, posted on March 22, 2019 at 2:08 pm
    For example roadworks on the sides of a 6 lane motorway, the roadworks separated from traffic flow by concrete barriers end to end, 3 lanes each way and a speed limit of 80 kph. (also few if any roadworks personnel or machinery working).

    We’ve had a lot of road works in my area in the past year or so. Even on public holidays, when no one is working at a site, the speed limit is reduced to 40kph. I used to live in NSW, where 40kph speed limits apply outside schools, even on “pupil free” days. Great for revenue. Of course, school speed zones are a scam; once the kids leave the zone they’re fair game, apparently.

    Keep in mind that the people who impose these restrictions are low level public service clerks who lead such empty, dull lives that they have to be able to go home to their families and tell them they did something important today. And pushing other people around is about all they have to offer.

  18. Dr Fred Lenin

    Wonder if the countries in which islamofascists commit mayhem and murder daily do the soul searching this green eco fascist murderer has caused in civilised society. Probably not they are too busy making a living to engage in soul searching ,and anyway its only non muslims that are being killed .

  19. Sean

    Why would he pose for a pic with someone wearing an ‘I’m an Islamophobe’ t-shirt?

  20. Fred

    The left are like corrupt cops.

    They have a perpetrator lined up to pin it on, before an offence has even been committed.

  21. Squirrel

    This book, which is (still presumably) available from Whitcoulls may provide some insight –

    https://www.whitcoulls.co.nz/product/utopianism-a-very-short-introduction-978019957340037900

    Page 60 of that book, via Google Books is interesting –

    https://books.google.com.au/books?id=xgA69UImZu8C&pg=PA60#v=onepage&q&f=false

    as is ‘Utopianism and the Creation of New Zealand National Identity’, by the same author –

    https://www.jstor.org/stable/20718235?seq=1#page_scan_tab_contents

  22. The BigBlueCat

    What has Jordan Petersen got to do with the events in Christchurch? The shooter was a left wing extremist … Petersen is Centre-right and not an extremist at all. It’s an over-reaction by Whitcoulls, and I hope the Petersen publisher has them on toast!

    It’s also a dangerous precedent for free speech. A book of what is essentially good advice, and not particularly political in nature is being removed from sale without any good reason. Has anyone at Whitcoulls actually read it?

  23. Lee

    Are they going to ban the Koran after the next Islamist terrorist attack?
    Sure, and pigs will fly.
    New Zealand is heading the way of a totalitarian nanny state with stories like this and banning any foreign speaker to the right of Adam Bandt.

  24. Mick Gold Coast QLD

    From NB at 5:55 pm:

    “Send in the French.”

    Nyuk, nyuk, nyuk. 😉

  25. Confused Old Misfit

    The incumbent crowd here in Australia are almost as bad.
    Only their incompetence saves us from their not letting a crisis go to waste.
    However, we cannot expect our luck to hold forever.

  26. Paulo Nigrum Anatis

    Bending over backwards on the most spurious of grounds to appease a religion which if it was in the dominance there would surely close their whole bloody bookstore!
    More evidence of shutting down freedom of speech little by little. Remember in decades past where it was the trendy lefties in their book clubs bemoaning and haranguing governments about ‘censorship in any form’. My, how times have changed!

  27. Tel

    What has Jordan Petersen got to do with the events in Christchurch?

    Nothing, except the “Progressive” totalitarian left hates him so much for showing that it’s possible to stand up to them. Not a moment goes by when they don’t look for ways to take him down and you can be sure they will point score on EVERY opportunity. Every single one.

    https://tomwoods.com/ep-1367-jordan-peterson-hits-back-at-cambridge-university/

  28. Confused Old Misfit

    Was some one, perhaps on the Open Forum not so long ago, praising NZ for its level of freedom relative to Australia?
    I think the totalitarians have NZ by the short and curlies now.

  29. duncanm

    Fred
    #2966737, posted on March 22, 2019 at 12:45 pm

    But you can still buy Mein Kampf.

    Try these on for size:
    https://www.whitcoulls.co.nz/search?a=author&q=Leon%20Trotsky
    https://www.whitcoulls.co.nz/search?a=author&q=Karl%20Marx

    https://www.whitcoulls.co.nz/product/reveille-for-radicals-978067972112337900

    .. and the aforementioned Mein Kampf.

    What a bunch of hypocritical, virtue-signalling dickheads.

  30. duncanm

    I’m suspecting the CEO is copping a lot of flack – her linkedin profile has been forgetteried.

  31. Zatara

    What has Jordan Petersen got to do with the events in Christchurch?

    There is no connection. There was only an opportunity.

    The CEO of Whitcoulls has taken one of the world’s best selling books off of her shelves because she can. She decided she wants to be in the social awareness business rather than the bookselling one.

    Imagine her whining when Whitcoulls is driven under by the Amazons of this world, companies who remember their function is to make money by selling things, not pointless social gestures.

    Headline – ‘Small company driven out of business by heartless big company’ – yeah, cry me a river.

  32. Bruce

    Fred:
    The left are like corrupt cops.

    They have a perpetrator lined up to pin it on, before an offence has even been committed.

    1996; Tasmania, and all that. The guilty bastard is in lifelong ‘”protection”and ALL the people who DID NOT AND WOULD NOT do such a thing were systemmatically punished. The punishment plan had been developed over more than a decade, just waiting for ONE loony (known wolf) to provide a suitably bloody hook on which this mass collective punishment could be hung. The precedent set in the field of property law remains to be fully studied. Eminent Domain??

    There’s a reason it’s called “CRIMINAL Law”.

    The once fundamental precept of the pesumption of innocence was killed off many years ago ago. Pretty much every statute from the last several decades has, as a start point, an outright declaration or suitably worded “suspicion” of some sort of guilt. Shades of Ätlas Shrugged”, (“Well, Mr. Reardon….when there aren’t enough criminals, one makes them…..or words to that effect).”and the Napoleonic Code. The latter is pretty simple and typically bureaucratic: Ïf you weren’t guilty, we wouldn’t be charging you and ramming you through the tribunal”. (SLAM! Watch your fingers!)

  33. KJ

    After her stellar performance in the NSW election, I wish that Gladys Berejiklian has a possible federal career as a future Liberal Australian Prime Minister. She has no union stains or treacherous political history to blight her political ascendancy.

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