Conservative Speaker Well Received at I.U.

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    This article is written by one of our liberal journalists. Didn't attend the speech myself, so I can't vouch for the accuracy of its reporting. Probably another one of those "pick and choose" articles reflecting only what Hinnefeld wanted to report. Thought it was interesting how he picked out a lib faculty member to assess Horowitz's speech and quoted only him in his article.

    Protesters Disrupt Speech
    By Steve Hinnefeld, Herald-Times
    April 8, 2005

    Horowitz blasts leftists as menace to humanity

    David Horowitz raged against college professors, teachers’ unions and Democrats Thursday, calling modern-day progressives the intellectual heirs of Hitler and Stalin, people who think they can change the world and rid it of evil.

    “Progressives who think they can change the world are people who killed 100 million people in our lifetime,” he said.

    Horowitz spoke to about 350 people at the Indiana University Auditorium.

    A dozen hecklers who repeatedly interrupted the start of his lecture were escorted out of the auditorium and told they would be arrested if they returned. Horowitz, who caught a pie in the face during a Wednesday speech at Butler University in Indianapolis, said he wanted the hecklers arrested and suspended from school. None were arrested, police said.

    “Where is security?” he said. “I want them removed and I want their names taken.”

    The head of the Los Angeles-based Center for the Study of Popular Culture and founder of Students for Academic Freedom, Horowitz is on a speaking tour promoting his academic bill of rights, intended to make colleges present varying views on controversial topics and protect students from indoctrination by leftist faculty.

    A onetime Marxist and editor of the 1960s New Left journal Ramparts, Horowitz now says leftists are dangerous and “filled with hate” because they believe they can create a perfect world.

    “They are living in an alternate reality, a melodrama in which there is good and evil and they are good,” he said. “This is what the Nazis believed, this is what the Communists believed and it’s what progressives believe.”

    He said conservatives can’t get hired at most universities, including IU.
    “There is a blacklist at this university,” he said. “And there is a blacklist at every major university in this country that goes back 30 years against conservatives.”

    Running through grievances against high-profile leftist professors, he attacked Princeton’s Cornel West, Colorado’s Ward Churchill and an anonymous biology professor who showed his class Michael Moore’s “Fahrenheit 911.”

    He called West “a bloviated, pompous, incredibly inflated, affirmative-action baby.” He said Churchill, who referred to World Trade Center victims as “little Eichmanns,” was “not controversial, he’s certifiable.”

    Horowitz implied Democratic politicians have kept blacks and Hispanics poor and powerless.

    “The racist party in America is the Democratic Party,” he said, citing Democrats’ opposition to vouchers that would let minority parents send their children to private schools. He said Democrats oppose vouchers because they are “so in hock to the teachers’ unions, which are run by socialists and Marxists.

    “It’s about money,” he said. “School systems are filled with incompetent teachers who get a raise just by staying on the job at the expense of the children.”

    After the speech, students lined up at two microphones to question and joust with Horowitz. One questioner accused Horowitz of engaging in the same name-calling he objected to from the left. “What’s the difference between you and Ward Churchill?” he said.

    Bob Ivie, an IU professor of communication and culture and a member of the Progressive Faculty Coalition, left the speech shaking his head. “It was certainly a manifestation of hateful speech, a listing of sweeping and extreme assertions,” he said.

    But Ivie thought Horowitz seemed off his game, rambling through anti-left generalizations. He was surprised Horowitz didn’t do a better job of turning the crowd against the hecklers.

    “I think a lot of people came willing to listen,” he said. “He was here to say the most extreme things he could.”

    Horowitz did score some partisan applause, especially when he praised Iraqis for voting in large numbers in the Jan. 31 election and credited President Bush with bringing democracy to the Arab world.

    “The United States is the greatest force for freedom not only in the world today but in all human history,” Horowitz said.

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    im surprised he wanted to hecklers and protestors arrested. from what ive read from his books he is an advocate of free speech. Wonder if something has changed for him.
     
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    I think right-wingers should be heckling lefty speakers on campus. The problem is that right-wingers are usually law-abiding, speech-respecting people with jobs instead of bratty little punks. That makes them bad candidates for heckle work.
     
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    ain't it the truth !!!
     
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    I'm beginning to think you are also anti-female WJ, not just anti-semite.
     
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    What gives you that idea ?
     
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    I thought he was anti-everything myself.
     
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    very pro white---gotta admit that !
     
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    Unless its a white jew.
     
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    He wouldn't agree that jews are white.
     

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