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Jordan Peterson's New Book Sparks Outrage At Publishing Company

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Jordan Peterson's New Book Sparks Outrage At Publishing Company

Jordan Peterson has unveiled a new book that is a follow on from his wildly successful 12 Rules of Life.

The Canadian clinical psychologist says the book will be published next year by Penguin Random House Canada (PRHC).

However, it looks like some staff at PRHC aren't happy and have protested the publishing of Beyond Order: 12 More Rules For Life.

According to Vice, several employees have lodged formal complaints against the decision to green light Peterson's sequel and mass produce it for audiences around the world.

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Credit: Gage Skidmore (Creative Commons)
Credit: Gage Skidmore (Creative Commons)

The company was reportedly pulled in for an internal town hall to discuss any issues around Beyond Order and some staff confronted management about it, while 'dozens more have filed anonymous complaints'.

A staff member, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, told Vice: "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.

Another employee added: "People were crying in the meeting about how Jordan Peterson has affected their lives."

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A third was concerned the new book would 'negatively affect their non-binary friend'.

Peterson's 12 Rules of Life is described as a self-help book that targets men and tells them to take up responsibility, be in charge of their life and focus on 'self-reliance, good behaviour, self-betterment'.

He has, in the past, refused to acknowledge non-binary or gender neutral pronouns, saying: "There's no way I'm going to use words made up by people who are doing that - not a chance."

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The clinical psychologist has also rejected the notion several times that he aligns himself to the alt-right.

He told TIME Magazine: "You don't play racial, ethnic and gender identity games. The left plays them on behalf of the oppressed, let's say, and the right tends to play them on behalf of nationalism and ethnic pride. I think they're equally dangerous."

While some staff have complained about the upcoming book, PRHC said it will push on and publish it because the company represents a variety of viewpoints.

PRHC told Vice in a statement: "We held a forum and provided a space for our employees to express their views and offer feedback.

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"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."

Beyond Order: 12 More Rules For Life will be released on March 2 next year.

Featured Image Credit: Jordan Peterson/Facebook

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