October 29, 2004

Why Universities Scare Me

This article at Front Page Mag. details the adventures of a journalist who infiltrated the "no press allowed" workshop sessions at the recent Duke University sponsored hate fest known as the Palestinian Solidarity Movement and smuggled in a tape recorder. Go and read it. It is, well, horrifying. It is also very long and very detailed.

Posted by Random Penseur at October 29, 2004 09:56 AM

I read a fair amount of it -- it's long -- and it is somewhat disturbing. It's worth pointing out, though, that there's nothing new to US academic elites supporting wacky and self-destructive agendas -- look at the support received by Alger Hiss, for instance, or the appeal that various forms of "fellow traveling" in the 1930s had for upper and upper-middle class WASPs. I'm not especially pleased to see the Presbyterians involved, either, but the "respectable Protestant" wing, Presbyterians, Methodists, and UCC haven't had a whole lot to bring people in to church for many years, so it's not surprising that they go off the deep end. That will continue. The more encouraging news, it seems to me, is that the populist-Jacksonian tradition has been moving over to the Republican side and is communicating its impatience with well-bred crazies. I have a feeling the upcoming election may reflect this more than people expect.

Posted by: John Bruce at October 29, 2004 03:48 PM

Gee, John, I have you are right about a, let's call it, a backlash of common sense. I am spectical but hopeful. This article really disturbed me.

Posted by: RP at October 30, 2004 12:26 PM

I scanned the article and was disturbed by its content. Nonetheless, thanks for posting it. I was surprised that the dept. of Homeland Security wasn't beating down the doors.

Posted by: Azalea at October 30, 2004 04:47 PM

Add that to what's going on in Columbia U. and, well in the schools across the nation. I really was upset by the going into inner-city schools. Is this currently happening or is it a project for the future? I was confused on the issue, or maybe simply hoping it hasn't occured yet. Where are the principals?

I'm sending the URL to a list I'm on. I hope people wake up and quickly.

Posted by: Rachel Ann at October 31, 2004 03:40 PM

I had to link. I couldn't not. Good work.

Posted by: Rachel Ann at October 31, 2004 03:57 PM

These remarks by Teresa H. Kerry's son Chris on the campaign trail have been noted on Instapundit and elsewhere, including reference to implicit anti-Semitism -- when Heinz gets done calling W a cokehead, he outlines his problems with W treating "Israel as the 51st state". I think Heinz normally lives in Sweden, by the way, and is slumming to tell the rest of us how to vote. I would not underestimate the level of snobbiness and anti-Semitism among the university "elites", but again, I think there have always been countervailing forces against it.

Posted by: John Bruce at October 31, 2004 04:17 PM

amazing stuff, RP.

Posted by: Simon at November 1, 2004 04:02 AM

John, I saw the Heinz remarks. For a long time now, I have believed that there is no place for a Jew in the Democratic Party. I keep looking for those countervailing forces and I am not cheered.

Thanks for the link, Rachel Anne.

Simon, I gather you must have read it. It is quite scary stuff, I think.

Posted by: RP at November 1, 2004 08:43 AM
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