The problem is not that Peterson says shocking or outrageous things. It’s that the left, especially on campuses, has become so extreme that just stating facts of life offends them.

Peterson observes, correctly, that the world poverty rate has been cut in half in the 21st century, while the description of the world heard on campuses is that things are worse than ever, mostly because of inequality, oppression, and patriarchy.

Part of the problem, says Peterson, is that “social justice” courses on campuses change the meaning of the word “justice” from rightfulness or lawfulness into a demand for justice for groups, based on the assumption each group must be equal to every other. Men, women, blacks, whites—all should have the same income, job preference, everything.

In a free society, that’s impossible to guarantee, even if everyone is equal under the law.