Minding the Campus today features CEO president Roger Clegg's eyewitness account of the recent "diversity" protests by students at the University of Wisconsin, along with this commentary by KC Johnson. As you can see, it takes much stronger stuff than anything the protestors could muster to daunt Roger Clegg.
Video of David Horowitz's presentation at Brooklyn College is here. Horowitz writes an extensive article about his talk at Brooklyn College on Frontpagemag, which appeared Friday. I attempted to serve as a moderator but was only moderately successful. The Brooklyn College Palestinian club's protests were aggressive.
While Bill Ayers’ colleagues may be fussing about the denial of his emeritus status, America’s Survival will be sponsoring a conference that will include former FBI informant, Larry Grathwohl about a case involving Ayers and the bomb-killing of San Francisco policeman Brian V. McDonnell in 1970. If you are in Washington, D.C., this Thursday, October 21, please come to the Marxism in America conference at the National Press Club to hear Grathwohl and others. The 1970 case is still open. Grathwohl has testified under oath that Bill Ayers had told him that his wife Bernardine Dohrn had planted the bomb that killed McDonnell. Grathwohl will speak about the need to re-establish a Congressional committee on internal security. Excerpts from video interviews with him and Former FBI agent Max Noel, member of the Weatherman Task Force, will be premiered. Grove City College Political Science Professor Paul Kengor will discuss his just-released book, Dupes, a detailed and fascinating look at the communist manipulation of progressives. His talk will focus on Barack Obama’s mentor, Frank Marshall Davis. America’s Survival President Cliff Kincaid will speak about “Why People Believe the Dangerous
Lies of Marxism,” and Trevor Loudon, who broke the Frank Marshall Davis and Van Jones stories, will speak on the “perils which lie ahead for the U.S. and the Western world. Robert Knight, author of Radical Rulers, will speak on Department of Education official Kevin Jennings. And I will be presenting my report on Howard Zinn’s “bad history” and his influence in the schools. This conference will present an opportunity to hear from the men who did the dangerous work with Bill Ayers and others who are investigating the still-present threat of communist ideology. Details: Thursday, October 21 National Press Club, First Amendment Lounge 529 14th St. NW, Washington, CD 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. No charge. Lunch and refreshments provided. Website: http://www.usasurvival.org/ck09.18.10.html
The Chronicle Review has a scurrilous piece by one Charles Ferguson, who is a documentary film director. His targets are 1) Larry Summers; 2) academic economists generally; and 3) anything that suggests the virtue of laissez-faire economic thinking. Ferguson would have you believe that large numbers of academic economists are cashing in on ties to businesses, ties that are enhanced by their advocacy of "deregulation." He claims that laissez-faire demonically took hold of American economic policy back in the 1980s, and blames people like Summers for allowing the recent economic debacle because of their self-interest in unfettered capitalism. I am no fan of Larry Summers, but it's a hatchet job to suggest that he made policy decisions while serving in government because he calculated that they would put money in his pockets. It's also wildly mistaken to say that Summers or any of the other economists Ferguson attacks are laissez-faire advocates. (That's on a par with saying that Herbert Hoover was a laissez-faire advocate.) They have advocated minor deregulation in some aspects, but that is light years from a return to laissez-faire such as Murray Rothbard advocated. Moreover, Ferguson focuses on a few tiny bits of deregulation while overlooking the elephant in the room: federal policies that vigorously promoted foolish lending. Most politicians wanted to push housing and crushed those who spoke up, such as officials at the Office of Federal Housing Enterprise Oversight who were threatened with budget cuts if they persisted in questioning the policies of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. No amount of government regulation was going to stop the housing expansion as long as it was paying political benefits. Ferguson dislikes the fact that some professors (very few, but indeed some) make money by selling their expertise, but the irony is that the very laissez-faire he portrays as the villain is the antidote to that. In an economy where the government has no power to dispense favors to interest groups, there would be little or no money to be made in writing briefs and peddling influence.
I stumbled upon this picture in Flickr today: http://www.flickr.com/photos/rmontgom/4408200024/ This is an unidentified image from the March 4 protests, a nationwide exercise in angry socialist agitprop masquerading as rallies against tuition hikes. Jay Schalin uncovered the radical roots of the protests in "The New Campus Radicals." The photo linked here, however, is worth a thousand words. The banner pictured reads, "The Whole Capitalist System has to Go! We Need Revolution + COMMUNISM!"
AOL provides vivid and heartrending coverage of this week's vicious government suppression of the protest of tens of thousands of courageous students. We can but applaud and echo the following sentiments of a leading Iranian opposition leader -- even though the students by far outshine him in bravery :
The most senior opposition supporter in the clerical leadership made a rare public show of backing for the students in comments over the weekend. Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, a former president who usually works behind the scenes, warned that “suppression is not the way to run a country.” “Most students are protesting the existing situation,” he said. “My heart breaks when I see that students are suppressed.”
So, for the first event of the Arizona Association of Scholars, Ward Connerly will be our guest. Being a strong believer in open dialogue I forwarded a press release to many student organizations on campus. Here is one response:
To: Daniel, Arturo, Andrea, Lorenzo, Socorro, and David I didn't want to explain all of this to the greater email list, but I'm just sending this to a few leaders on campus: Ward Connerly (for those who may not be familiar) was a key opponent of Affirmative Action when the University of Michigan defended its admissions process to the Supreme Court in the late 1990s. As chair of Alianza (Latino student organization) at the University of Michigan during the Affirmative Action cases, I can attest that, frankly, his advocacy can do more potential damage for student of color resources on campus than the cultural center restructuring plans. So, I urge you to research Connerly's track record, attend the talk, and let your voices be heard. If you think it would help, I'd be glad to address your organizations, just let me know. Thanks, Maurice
Jeepers, so much for free inquiry and open dialogue, which now seems to be a dangerous commodity.
Jim Gilchrist, president of the Minuteman Project, an anti-illegal immigration organization, has been dis-invited from speaking at Harvard in an immigration symposium. The decision not to have him speak, announced with only five days notice after five months of planning for his appearance on campus, was made in reaction to radical students' threats of disruptive protest. Here is the Minutman press release on the rescinded invitation. The same Jim Gilchrist was hustled off the stage in the middle of his 2006 speech at Columbia University, as protesters stormed the platform. Well, Harvard, so much for freedom of speech and the pursuit of veritas.