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Friday, February 10, 2006


By Aussiegirl

David Horowitz will be appearing every night, starting on Monday February 13, on the Hannity & Colmes Show, to discuss his new book "THE PROFESSORS: The 101 Most Dangerous Academics in America." M-F 9PM EST; 6 PM PST. Be sure to read the excerpts below to understand what American is facing from its "intellectuals"--especially this quote: Professor Foner embraced the proposition that political activism is essential to the academic mission.

FrontPage magazine.com :: The Professors: The 101 Most Dangerous Academics in America by David Horowitz

When viewed as a whole, the hundred or more portraits[9] in this volume reveal several disturbing patterns of university life, which are reflected in careers like Ward Churchill’s, but are neither limited to him or his specific university or his particular academic discipline. These include (1) promotion far beyond academic achievement (Professors Anderson, Aptheker, Berry, Churchill, Davis, Kirstein, Navarro, West, Williams and others in this volume); (2) teaching subjects outside one’s professional qualifications and expertise for the purpose of political propaganda (Professors Barash, Becker, Churchill, Ensalaco, Furr, Holstun, Wolfe and many others); (3) making racist and ethnically disparaging remarks in public without eliciting reaction by university administrations, as long as those remarks are directed at unprotected groups, e.g., Armenians, whites, Christians and Jews (Professors Algar, Armitage, Baraka, Dabashi, hooks, Massad and others);[10] (4) the overt introduction of political agendas into the classroom and the abandonment of any pretense of academic discipline or scholarly inquiry (Professors Aptheker, Dunkley, Eckstein, Gilbert, Higgins, Marable, Richards, Williams and many others).

[...] The conclusion Professor Fish drew was straightforward: “Teachers should teach their subjects. They should not teach peace or war or freedom or diversity or uniformity or nationalism or anti-nationalism or any other agenda that might properly be taught by a political leader or a talk-show host. Of course they should teach about such subjects, something very different from urging them as commitments – when they are part of the history or philosophy or literature or sociology that is being studied. The only advocacy that should go on in the classroom is the advocacy of what James Murphy has identified as the intellectual virtues, ‘thoroughness, perseverance, intellectual honesty,’ all components of the cardinal academic virtue of being ‘conscientious in the pursuit of truth.’” (emphasis added)

This was once the prevailing view among academic professionals. But now it is under significant challenge by radicals firmly entrenched in departments in the liberal arts fields. Organizations like “Historians Against The War” or the “Radical Philosophical Association”[20] directly challenge the idea of academic neutrality on controversial political issues. In 2002, Columbia University hosted a conference of academic radicals called, “Taking Back The Academy: History of Activism, History As Activism.” The published text of the conference papers[21] was provided with a Foreword by Professor Eric Foner,[22] who is a past president of both the Organization of American Historians and the American Historical Association, and a leading academic figure. Far from sharing Professor Fish’s view that a sharp distinction should be drawn between political advocacy and the scholarly disciplines, Professor Foner embraced the proposition that political activism is essential to the academic mission: “The chapters in this excellent volume,” wrote Foner, “derive from a path-breaking conference held at Columbia University in 2002 to explore the links between historical scholarship and political activism….As the chapters that follow demonstrate, scholarship and activism are not mutually exclusive pursuits, but are, at their best, symbiotically related.”[23]


At 12:03 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It is interesting that during the Nazi era, the majority of German academics were Nazi sympathizers. The philosopher Heidegger, whose office overlooked a death camp, was probably one of the more famous ones. He never questioned what went on in the death camp, nor did he ever feel regret for his Nazi past. Many German academics also contributed to the Nazi eugenics programs and headed or performed the medical experimentations on prisoners.

During this time, German academics enflamed their students against the Jewish students and the administration expelled Jewish students and professors from universities. Many Jewish academics, like Einstein and Enrico Ferme, had to flee. Soon Jews were expelled from all schools. Jewish and those German students who refused to join the Hitler Youth were also beaten or killed.

I met a Jewish man who was an Austrian teen-ager at the time that the Nazis took over Austria. His teacher was a dapper, quiet man who always wore English tweeds, and in every Austrian classroom was a crucifix. The day the Nazis took over Austria, this teacher entered the classroom dressed in a storm trooper uniform, took down the crucifix and put in its place a picture of Hitler. "This is your god now." he said to the class. Then he said: "You Jews, get out." All the Jewish students ran out or faced beatings or worse.

It looks as if our academia have not learned from the shameful example of their German colleagues. Instead, there has been a steady erosion on the part of the academics themselves to dismantle the Judeo-Christian ethos of Western culture. Academics like Ward Church go to the extreme to altogether denying the value of Western civilization in favor of multiculturalist, third world "victim" amoral politics that is very similar in tone and content to Nazi propaganda.

Have the academics put on Brownshirts to capture and lead astray again the minds of our young? Have they no shame?


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