Posted at 1:30 PM on Wednesday, March 22, 2006 by David Horowitz
I received the following email from an observer of Gitlin. Although the writer wishes to remain anonymous, the observations are based on facts and opinions that can be checked. The point here is that the colonization of whole academic departments by the radical left is a self-perpetuating phenomenon:
"I read your blog on Gitlin and also his piece on the Coffeehouse blog. Gitlin was ever the opportunist. In his numerous books, he dresses up the most banal vaguely leftwing ideas, heavily influenced by the elitist anti-war movement. He aspires to be the heir of Irving Howe. He got his doctorate in sociology in only three years, with a committee at UC Berkeley composed of friends on the New Left. Berkeley radical (now Princeton professor) Arlie Hocschild, whom he was very close to, was on his doctoral board for example. His dissertation (published in revised form as The Whole World Is Watching by the University of California Press) is embarrassingly thin. Such a doctoral production supports those who regard the field of sociology as a highly politicized and increasingly bogus academic discipline. Gitlin was entirely dependent on the Italian Stalinist Antonio Gramsci for his method, even though in his next book he claimed not to be a Marxist."
Here's a letter to the Duke Chronicle by Diane Nelson, the cross-dressing communist who led the disruptions of my speech and is the Director of Undergraduate Studies in the Anthropology Department at Duke and a tenured professor. Note how the only missing conservative group she can bring herself to mention is Christian Democrats. Anyone know an American who is a Christian Democrat?
“While my take on the word freedom may be slightly different than those of the Duke Conservative Union (slavishly following the commands of Sauron--oops! I mean David Horowitz--does put a slightly different slant on the term) I do appreciate their efforts to call to our attention the lack of diversity in party affiliation among some Duke faculty.
While there are important differences, we must keep in mind that the Democrats and Republicans show negligible divergence on major domestic and foreign policy issues Clinton's government, after all, bombed Iraq repeatedly while George W. Bush just did it all at once. Neither has released data on the numbers of Iraqis killed; social services, welfare, support for education and the environment were gutted under both regimes and no high ranking member of either has been held responsible for personal benefits derived from ties to the military cybernetic complex, etc.... Given this, I also want to know, where is the diversity? Where are the Greens, Labour, the Christian Democrats, the Socialists, the Communists, the Workers Party, the Black Panthers, Puerto Rican independistas, etc? Where is the truly wide range of partisan organizing that, across the globe, offers diversity in imagining options for the future?”
Professor Diane Nelson
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