Somebody named Michael Russell has smeared David Horowitz in the conservative The Dartmouth Review. (HT Powerline) Don’t I mean leftist? No, I mean conservative. This publication is supposedly right of center. Russell, in his review of Horowit's splendid and important book, The Professors: The 101 Most Dangerous Academics in America, even goes so far as to describe the author as a liar: “Though Horowitz openly admits that his book is dedicated to uncovering dangerous leftist, liberal, Marxists, he also uses it as an excuse to push an agenda that is based on around character attacks and clever lies, typical of his work.”
I have been reading David Horowitz for many years. A number of his works reside on the shelves of my own personal library. Trust me on this, Horowitz is a very cautious man who goes out of his way to be fair and objective. He is not a cheap shot artist. Why the venom? What is going on here? Why do a number of conservative feel ill at ease with his campaign to reform our universities? I have a cynical theory: it jeopardizes their economic opportunities. Their college affiliation is suppose to open doors for them. They are upwardly mobile and rocking the academic boat does little for one’s long term career goals. It’s therefore perhaps best to look the other way and pretend nothing is going on. Imagine one of these graduates submitting their resume to a prospective employer while their alma mater is being publicly taken to task as something of an intellectual whore house. David Horowitz might be doing the noble thing, but is that going to increase the size of one’s bank account?