David Horowitz’s New Blog: Dangerous Professors

Wednesday, February 22, 2006
David Horowitz has just put up a new blog dealing with the ongoing intellectual scandals taking place at many of our major universities. He recently released a new book, The Professors: The 101 Most Dangerous Academics in America. I highly recommend that everyone visit this site.

It appears that the leftists at Harvard University finally got rid of Larry Summers. We rightfully complain about the MSM. It may be time to also focus a little more attention on America’s academic crisis. David Horowitz is more than qualified to greatly help us address this issue.

13 comments:

Seneca the Younger said...

It can't be that good a list, there are more than 101 Education professors in the USA.

David Thomson said...

David Horowtiz’s book is receiving a lot of attention. Let’s hope it does some good. I have often said one should consider all liberal arts professors to be idiots until proven otherwise. Am I being fair to those who are truly a credit to their profession? Regrettably, as a general rule, I believe I'm merely being prudent. The situation has sadly deteriorated to that point.

Knucklehead said...

Hey, at least the MSM morons have to put their work out for public perusal. The idiots in the academy can play hide and seek.

This is a very tough nut to crack. As I've listened to my daughters (both in colleges that nobody would consider whacky) I get the impression that there are some profs who say outrageous things to try and light a fire under their students and others who are outright whackjobs.

It is clear that too many schools are far too hung up "outlandish" and confuse that with "intelligent".

How does one fight that? Notfuhnuttin' but people willingly pay big bucks to put their kids through schools like Sarah Lawrence. Nobody who sends their kid there can claim they don't know it's a den of whackiness. In a lot of these cases it isn't subterfuge on the part of the schools. They are selling something a lot of dimwits are lining up to buy. If you send your kid off to UCB and don't know why it's affectionately refered to as Berserkeley, well...

BTW, not all that many kids are lost to this nonsense, or at least not forever. There's a whole lot of "I'm not fight this loon and wreck my GPA so I'll puke back what he wants to hear" going on. It would be nice if there was a generalized student revolt against these profs but there isn't. Mom and Dad will never create one either.

chuck said...

There's a whole lot of "I'm not fight this loon and wreck my GPA so I'll puke back what he wants to hear" going on.

I wonder what the long term effect will be when these students become alumni and some of them earn big bucks or join the faculty? What was that Hegelian idea again, antithesis or something?

Peter UK said...

It is probably not accidental

MeaninglessHotAir said...

I'm a parent of one boy in an expensive liberal arts college and another who's trying to decide where to go in a couple of years. The University of Washington might be a good choice for boy number 2. Do I blow it off now because of the recent statue flap? Obviously these students are wacky and I don't want to pay for it. On the other hand, I know one can find the same kind of crap even at the U of Kansas, so where do you run?

Knucklehead said...

Chuck,

That's a tough question to answer. Today's college kids, as badly as we've spoiled them, are largely a pretty pragmatic lot. When GPA is important (for going on to grad school for example) they are likely to shepherd their GPA. They know full well that during the interview to get into some MS program (other than journalism at Columbia perhaps) the interviewer isn't likely to buy the "Hey, I deserved A's in these courses but the prof was a real, flaming loon and gave me a C because I had the audacity to disagree with him. Here, you wanna read the papers I wrote that he gave me Cs for?"

How do we, as a society, go about fighting this battle? The Leftoids knew full well the value of siezing control of the academy and the whole educational system. We let 'em do it. If we don't win the battle of saving our kids from academe BEFORE we send them off to university then we've lost the battle.

I think Horowitz is on the right track. Expose, expose, expose. Slowly but surely people may start to listen. But the loons control the asylum and they aren't going to be dragged out any time soon. They decide who gets tenure and that will be the people who parrot their nonsense.

I'm open to suggestion but I just don't see what weapons are available to the general public in this battle. For the most part people don't think much about what goes on in colleges and universities until it is time to send Biff and Buffy off to school. By then it's too late to do much beyond dig in and weather the storm.

BTW, that's one of the things the Loons of Academe and Lesser Education understand. Your kid is in HS before you begin to learn that your HS sucks. The educational beauracracy knows how to weather any thing you can throw at them long enough to last until your kids clear the system. They are never really facing permanent opposition. All the opposition they face is temporary. It may be the same thing over and over again but its just another tide.

By the time you realize some loon is blathering at your kid in a college class they're in college, it's one class of many, one semester of two per year, a mere four years that passes in the blink of an eye...

They guys Horowitz is telling us about have figured out quite a scam. Digging them out of their of their burrows is not an easy task. It is a very difficult issue to fight against and very few people are going to fight it beyond the immediate need to keep their own kids moving forward in the proper direction. Few people, me among them, are willing to go to war with schools over some general notion of "education". We go to war with them over the education of our individual kids. They have a very natural divide and conquer environment working for them. Its a thing to behold.

Catherine Johnson and I once had a long e-discussion about this. I'll have to see if I can dredge it up.

Rick Ballard said...

"I'm a parent of one boy in an expensive liberal arts college and another who's trying to decide where to go in a couple of years."

Hmmm - potential agents of change within ten years. Does your son keep a journal? I understand that he is probably inculcated in appropriate patterns of discernment but can he be entrusted with the task of evangelism? Not all that are intelligent enough to pursue the path of righteousness possess the skill necessary to engage the "other" on hostile turf.

Or is he sixteen and just interested in why girls seem to be different than boys?

Get him a summer job in construction and see what happens. - Send him to YMJUtah and see what happens.

And don't sweat it - most of them can figure it out on their own.

Knucklehead said...

Rick,

The first week of each semester my youngest calls home and has a good rant about some idiot professor blathering horsemanure. It's a wonderful thing I actually look forward to. But she's a tactful little thing and always finds a way to get her point across gently. Not at all like her ol' man.

My older one is the sort who just shrugs and feeds 'em what they want to eat. She only cares about the science stuff anyway. She only does the soft stuff because they insist.

gumshoe1 said...

i just recenty pulled this one off my bookshelf for a read...
Bloom saw Horowitz' looming brand of University idiocy and the abandonment of the search for truth in the mid 1980's
(don't be put off by the title,it's *not* sensationalist and is quite rigorus):

"The Closing of the American Mind" Allan Bloom
(Paperback - May 15, 1988)

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/
0671657151/sr=8-2/qid=1140655874/
ref=sr_1_2/103-2478812-
0501453?%5Fencoding=UTF8

An amazon reader Review excerpt:
"When The Closing of The American Mind was published in 1987, it instantly ignited a firestorm of praise and condemnation. Conservatives hailed it as vindication of their long-ignored criticisms about American culture in general and higher education in particular. Liberals denounced it as elitist and intolerant, and they said Bloom wanted to keep students ignorant of other cultures so he could indoctrinate them with his. Neither side had it right. The Closing of The American Mind is, as Bloom put it in his preface, "a meditation on the state of our souls."

gumshoe1 said...

Bloom starts off decsribing how the one attitude ALL his students seemed to arrive at the Univ with was
"the relativity of truth"...and I believe this is where his title derives from:
they were ALL closed to the idea that there even was such a thing as Truth.

Hence their minds were already closed to any kind of search/seeking after it.

MeaninglessHotAir said...

Gumshoe, That's a great book. I remember reading it in the '80's and thinking at the time that, though it was truly great, Bloom suffered from not incorporating thoughts and traditions from other cultures. And I'm not trying to go multi-culti on you here.

I think it's a fundamental problem every culture faces these days: all the other cultures are in your face. You have to find a way to deal with them. Since they were all isolated in the past, they were all able to convince themselves they had the only truth. Now we know better. Surely the European contact with other peoples has been a prime motive in its collective loss of faith. But where to turn? Everybody is stuck with a mishmash. We can't just ignore the other cultures--they will bomb us into getting our attention. We have to find a way to deal with them. Calling them ragheads probably isn't going to do it.

gumshoe1 said...

MHA -


i doubt Bloom would advocate name calling.


it's the respectful search for Truth that's been abandoned.

many have pointed out the Perrenial Truths are "Universal"...
...common to all religious/philosophical traditions.

Bloom makes mention
of that early on:

the new "scholars" have twisted Universal into "imperializing".

they're not the same thing.

their reaction to universalizing tendencies is Balkanization,and
the war of each against all.