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Apparently, David Horowitz's list isn't so little after all.

He's currently on tour flogging his new book, The Professors: The 101 Most Dangerous Academics in America.

But last night on the Scarborough Country, he upped the ante (via Media Matters):

There are 50,000 professors with the views of [fellow Scarborough Country guest and Citizens for Legitimate Government founder Michael] Rectenwald and [Colorado high school teacher] Jay Bennish, who are anti-American, they're radicals, they identify with the terrorists, they think of them as freedom fighters. It's a huge danger for the country. And I tell you, if there was a Christian teacher who was ranting in that way against abortion in the classroom, they would be toast.

So it looks like Horowitz is 49,899 names short--feel free to help him out and leave yours in the comments.

And take the poll.

Originally posted to Hprof on Fri Mar 03, 2006 at 06:56 PM PST.



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Comment Preferences

  •  dammit - where is that (4.00)
    sat phone?  'Cause this is pretty funny, and I think OBL could use the laugh.
  •  jokes aside (4.00)
    it is pretty apparent that the universities are the next focus for the far too righteous.

    "You'd like that's all political and morose."

    by Miss Devore on Fri Mar 03, 2006 at 07:02:09 PM PST

  •  Musing85 (none)
    reporting for duty.

    And as I'm currently working on a degree in history, I can talk about Bush all I want and it's germane.

  •  What the conservatives never get (none)
    is that the reason colleges hire so many liberal professors is because that's who applies for the jobs.

    -9.0, -8.3. The less a man knows about how sausages and laws are made, the easier it is to steal his vote and give him botulism.

    by SensibleShoes on Fri Mar 03, 2006 at 07:12:40 PM PST

  •  Maybe the Pendulum is Swinging Back to Center, (none)
    maybe not. But if it continues to the right, this is a serious issue. Not because this idiot is to be taken seriously, but because when idiots like Horowitz get a big stage, they do shift the audience. Look at the effect of Rush Limbaugh on political discourse.

    Educational institutions are the final frontier for the right. The American Taliban know that indoctrination is the key to the total takeover of our society.

    This is CLASS WAR, and the other side is winning.

    by Mr X on Fri Mar 03, 2006 at 07:29:33 PM PST

    •  vigilance is necessary, yes (none)
      this is obviously a silly diary, and I do take the issue seriously.

      So far, tho, I'm impressed that Horowitz's attempts to push his Student Bill of Rights has pretty much completely failed, and the few states where it's gone the furthest--Fla and PA--have just discredited the cause further.

  •  Oh, I must be the opposite: (none)
    I think of freedom fighters as terrorists.
  •  I recall Horowitz on CSPAN about 5 yrs ago... (none)
    On TV it showed Horowitz giving a lecture to a group of college students (the lecture hall was literally bare and was booed by the audience at times)in which he used anti-semetic remarks and rhetoric as a premise to support his vast left-wing conspiracy theory.

    I thought 'what a crackpot'.  

    I'm shocked he has climbed from his cesspool of defamation, zenophobia and fear mongering to appear on television.  Though if there was one 'news' program that would happily accept Horowitz it would be former congressman scarbough.

    A patriot must always be ready to defend his country against his government. - Edward Abbey

    by optimusprime on Fri Mar 03, 2006 at 07:41:25 PM PST

  •  a couple of remarks (none)
    First: it is the wingnuts who are anti-American.  I always thought that we should strive to live up to our ideals, especially when the going gets tough.  THAT is what Americans are supposed to do.

    But oh no:  we get called all sorts of names when we expect our country to behave in a more moral manner than the terrorists that we are supposed to be fighting!

    Second:  unfortunately, even some of the DLC types are falling for this "professors are too radical" BS.  

    I swear: I try to give the DLC a chance.  But over and over again, they try to play kissy-face with the wingnuts.  Sigh...

    Now, thanks to self-selection, the all-volunteer army has moved to the nation's right flank. According to 2004 exit polls, 34 percent of the voters in the presidential election were conservative, 45 percent moderate, and 21 percent liberal. But an Annenberg School study in the same year found that, in the military, 40 percent of the officers say they are conservative, 40 percent moderate, and just 7 percent liberal. Only 15 percent of the officers were Democrats, while 47 percent were Republicans and 31 percent independents.

    If fighters tilt right, thinkers lean even further to the left. According to a national survey of college faculty, almost three-quarters professed left-of-center views, while only 15 percent identified themselves as conservatives. Only 11 percent owned up to being Republicans. In the humanities and social science departments, Democratic professors outnumbered Republicans by 7-1.

    These polarities parallel what William A. Galston and Elaine C. Kamarck have called "the great sorting out" -- the two parties' tendencies to become less heterogeneous and more ideologically pure. Interestingly, though, this phenomenon doesn't seem to reflect fundamental changes in Americans' political outlook. Since the 1970s, say Galston and Kamarck, voters have shown a remarkable ideological consistency, averaging 33 percent conservative, 47 percent moderate, and 20 percent liberal.

    Why, then, does polarization matter? For one thing, it makes it harder for elected officials to define the common good, much less find common ground. The Kulturkampf between the military and the academy is arguably worse for the country, because unlike political parties, these institutions are supposed to transcend narrow, factional interests and instead advance our society's common aspirations. It's not good for America's civic health when the formative institutions of democracy are commandeered by one side or the other in the baby boomers' perennial culture wars.

    The existence of a political monoculture in the Pentagon isolates military leaders from the full spectrum of opinion in the society it is charged to protect. The hard-left takeover of universities has imposed a stifling conformity of thought on the very institutions that should be cultivating the spirit of free inquiry. Instead of playing a vigorous and constructive role in the nation's public debates, the professoriat seems to be immured in an obtuse, "multiculti" scholasticism that prides itself on being radically alienated from mainstream politics.

    What can be done to make the military and academia more representative of the society they serve? Bringing back the draft would surely diversify the former, though there's little public appetite for it. As for colleges, maybe it's time for progressive students to resurrect the Free Speech Movement of the 1960s, taking aim this time at the new establishment of political correctness.

    Or maybe progressives should begin simply by serving notice to the arch-conservatives in uniform and tenured campus radicals: The institutions you have temporarily colonized belong to all Americans, not to you.

    Will Marshall is president of the Progressive Policy Institute.

    Check out:  

    When liberals saw 9-11, we wondered how we could make the country safe. When conservatives saw 9-11, they saw an investment opportunity.

    by onanyes on Fri Mar 03, 2006 at 07:43:24 PM PST

  •  What a doofus (4.00)
    Wonder when he'll set his sites on that evil anti-American al-gebra.
    •  Let X equal... (4.00)
      that evil anti-American al-gebra

      Which is in fact a word of (gasp!) Arabic derivation:

      al-jabr (lit., restoration).  At least so says my Webster's.

      Next stop: "Christian Math."  

      We won't be allowed to use zero either, since that's part of "Hindu Math."  


  •  I once wrote a letter to the times (4.00)
    in which I made the argument that so many college professors, especially in the social and behavioral sciences, are liberal: because we're familiar with the data.  We know a lot about why people do things, we know a lot about the conditions in which people live, we know a lot about whether or not, say, a young black man growing up in an inner city is going to get the chance to even think about going to college.

    We're liberals because liberals are right.

    -9.25, -7.54

    I have little use for ponies, but much use for beers.

    by Marc in KS on Fri Mar 03, 2006 at 08:14:59 PM PST

  •  I give my students the facts (none)
    and then ask them to analyze the information...

    I teach my students how to think. Is that radical? Apparently. Does that mean I hate America? Well, probably according to Horowitz (whose email list I got on somehow!!).

    But you know my opinion Horowitz is the one who hates America.

    Horowitz and everyone who agrees with him can kiss my sweet radical ass!

    You know what's dangerous?? A fucking uneducated majority...THAT is what's dangerous. Fucking fuckers.

  •  I just made $100.00 (none)
    reporting this diary to the committee.
  •  Ahhh... a "list" (none)
    Yes, doesn't this sound familiar? So David Horowitz has a list of the communist- terrrorist-sympathisers in academia.

    Hmmm... Sounds very familiar.

  •  I hope I'm on that list (none)
    Well, I can't speak for the other academics in this crowd, but I constantly use my classes (on multicultural issues in music education and the epistemology of musical improvisation) to propagate my extreme far-left radical agenda.   I sure hope I'm on David's big list, though I doubt it; I suspect that my propagandistic methodology is too subtle for him (I teach my subject and listen carefully to what my students have to say).

    If they really want to get a majority of conservative professors in the humanities, arts and sciences, they'll have to pay a lot of money; a lot more than they pay us wild-eyed radicals who actually teach because we love to teach, and like working with students.


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