Sunday, April 19, 2009

Campus Leftists Hate Free Speech

We saw an example of that a few days ago at UNC-Chapel Hill when Leftists prevented former Congressman Tom Tancredo from speaking and threatened the students who’d invited him to campus.

In a WSJ column David Horowitz tells us more about campus Leftists’ hatred of free speech - - -

I arrived in Austin, Texas, one evening recently to give a speech about academic freedom at the university there. Entering the hall where I was to give my speech, I was greeted -- if that's the word -- by a raucous protest organized by a professor and self-styled Bolshevik, Dana Cloud.

Forty protesters hoisted placards high in the air and robotically chanted "Down With Horowitz," "Racist Go Home," and "No More Witch-hunts."

Fortunately, a spokesperson for the administration was present to threaten the disrupters with arrest if they continued on this course. (The threat was administered very carefully, with three formal warnings before any action could be taken.) This quieted the crowd enough that I could begin my talk, which proceeded without further serious incident.

Even so, there were occasional heckles and demonstrative cheers from the group when I mentioned the name of Sami Al-Arian ( whose organization, Palestine Islamic Jihad, is responsible for the deaths of more than 100 innocent victims in the Middle East), Black Panther Huey Newton (convicted of killing an Oakland police officer in 1967, although he was eventually released on a technicality), or when I uttered the word "communist" -- even though I did so to remind the audience that communists killed 120 million people in the last century trying to implement Marx's ideas.

Among the organizations participating in these outbursts were the International Socialist Organization, whose goal is the establishment of a "dictatorship of the proletariat" in the United States; Iranians for Peace and Justice, supporters of Hezbollah and Hamas; and Campus Progress, the unofficial college arm of the Democratic Party.

One of the local members of Campus Progress had written a column in the campus newspaper attacking me in advance of my talk, and defending Sami Al-Arian as a victim of political persecution.

The conservative students who invited me to the University of Texas told me that organizations such as the Muslim Students Association routinely join with College Democrats in protests against the state of Israel. …

There’s more before Horowitz’s closes with - - -

I don't know of a single leftist speaker among the thousands who visit campuses every term who has been obstructed or attacked by conservative students, who are too decent and too tolerant to do that.

The entire evening in Texas reminded me of the late Orianna Fallaci's observation that what we are facing in the post-9/11 world is not a "clash of civilizations," but a clash of civilization versus barbarism.

Horowitz’s entire column’s here.

A friend who sent the heads up to the column said - - -

This opinion piece by David Horowitz in today's WSJ is very relevant to the Tancredo incident at UNC. As we've discussed previously, the first chapter in Horowitz's latest book -- " One Party Classroom " -- deals exclusively with Duke's radical left professors. ...

Folks, you can learn more at Amazon about "One-Party Classroom: How Radical Professors at America's Top Colleges Are Indoctrinating Students and Undermining Our Democracy" (Crown Forum, 2009).

And "thanks" go to my friend for the heads up.


Anonymous said...

I well remember hearing Horowitz in Chicago in 1970. He was, I believe the editor-in-chief of Ramparts, a far-left magazine that was considered the bible for everyone but the Trotskyites of the Young Socialist Alliance. Being a "red-diaper baby," Horowitz was no doubt taught Marxism from the crib onwards, so he can be forgiven for his early radical years. When I heard him talk, he was still a Marxist, though he had by this time broken with the Soviet Union in favor of the international communist movement.
It is because he ultimately renounced communism and socialism to become a spokesman for the conservative side that he is despised and feared by college and university "limousine liberals."
Horowitz was there. He knows where the bodies are buried. The Left cannot afford to have him reach the naive young college-age sheep who are destined to become true believers in Marx and Lenin.
Horowitz also knows the tactics of the Left because he used those same tactics in his early years.
It is shameful that most colleges and universities tolerate behavior such as that directed against Tom Tancredo at UNC, but most of the deans and chancellors appear to be oblivious to the activities of the far left on their campuses (campi?). It's been observed here and on other blogs that when a far left speaker appears on campus, the right wing doesn't throw tantrums.
Tarheel Hawkeye