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Tell them where to go

McCarthyism is alive and well in US academia:

As chair of African American studies in Yale, Paul Gilroy had an…experience recently after he spoke at a university-sponsored teach-in on the Iraq war. “I think the morality of cluster bombs, of uranium-tipped bombs, [of] daisy cutters are shaped by an imperial double standard that values American lives more,” he said. “[The war seems motivated by] a desire to enact revenge for the attacks on the World Trade Centre and the Pentagon … [It’s important] to speculate about the relation between this war and the geopolitical interests of Israel.”

“I thought I was being extremely mealy-mouthed, but I was accused of advocating conspiracy theories,” says Gilroy, who is now the Anthony Giddens professor of Social Theory at the London School of Economics.

Scot Silverstein, who was once on the faculty at Yale, saw a piece in the student paper about Gilroy’s contribution. He wrote to the Wall Street Journal comparing Gilroy to Hitler and claiming his words illustrated the “moral psychosis and perhaps psychological sadism that appears to have infected leftist academia”. The Journal published the letter. Gilroy found himself posted on Discoverthenetworks.org, a website dedicated to exposing radical professors. The principle accusation was that he “believes the US fabricated the threat posed by Saddam Hussein”.

Then the emails started coming to him and his colleagues, denouncing him. “Only one person said anything,” says Gilroy. “Otherwise, nobody looked me in the eye. There was something about the way it never came up that made me realise how nervous and apprehensive they were.” 

Dutiful little McCarthyites are springing up everywhere. Perhaps you’d like to report a wayward academic yourself?

34 comments ↪
  • Addamo

    Talk about histerical over-reaction. Now let’s watch the clock and time how long it takes Comical to post something about muslims demonstrators burning buildings and threatening people’s lives.

  • viva peace

    Antony

    You are kiiding, right? I mean it’s not as though there is a huge global network that lives, eats, sleeps, and breathes ‘neocon Zionist watch” 24/7. Yeah right. This blog itself is a one-stop shop for Horowitz, Pipes, Hitchens, etc. etc. watching.

  • smiths

    just trying to stir some vitriol eh viva,

    just chucking a few insults in to muddy the topic, love it!

  • edward squire

    viva peace Apr 5th, 2006 at 2:43 pm

    This blog itself is a one-stop shop for Horowitz, Pipes, Hitchens, etc. etc. watching.

    Pipes gets the occasional mention here, Hitchens less, and Horowitz barely ever.

    Nonetheless, I commend you for making a point that would have been a good one had it actually been true.

    Keep up the excellent criticisms of your alternate counterfactual universe. They are very entertaining.

  • Addamo

    I am surprised at you Viva,

    This Cmapus Watch busienss is frightening in the extreme. Horowitz just released a book about the 100 most dangerous intellectuals in the US. You consider this to be a healthy state of affairs?

  • viva peace

    Addamo

    Far healthier than the implication of your fear.

  • viva peace

    And only an uneducated philistine would describe this as "McCarthyite."

  • orang

    No you're right, it's good old fashioned blackmail by an assortment of cocksucking zionist sympathizers, (CZS) right wing zionist apologists (RWZA) and right wing apologist arseholes.(RWZAA)

  • Chris

    It would probably work well in Australia. But Austrailia hasn’t much of an academic reputation so it’s graduates are not as likely to be taken seriously.

    So while it would work, it probably isn’t needed.

  • edward squire

    Ahhh, CampusWatch. Proof that there is something pop-Hegelian about the world after all: CampusWatch spawns CampusWatchWatch!

  • Chris

    Why does addamo need Ali to read the news to him?

  • Comical_Ali

    18 years in prison in the US woud be regarded as a life senetece, especially when that persojn has a gag order imposed on them and ios prevented from travelling.

    Johnathan Pollard has been in a US prison for 21 years with no prospect for parole. He is in there for life and his offence is no way as severe as Vanunu’s. Just one minor example out of thousands.

    very much in the vain of most tyranical regime, like China, for example.

    China would have executed Vannunu a very long time ago. Another reason why know one should take you seriously.

  • Addamo

    What are you talking abo=ut – or better yet, who are you talking to?

  • Comical_Ali

    How did you guess Addammo?

    If you want to learn something about McCarthyism or better still murderous totalitarianism, than you intellectual beacons of enlightened liberty & freedom of expresson should listen to Ayaan Hirsi Ali. She will tell you a thing or two about this.

    And in the process, perhaps she will teach our Mr.Token the meaning of true dissent.

  • Addamo

    Comical,

    Once again, you insist on dismissing disturbing trends or inconvenient reports by isnsiting that if the example in questiins doe snot illustrated the extremiities, it is not news. If one OPalestinian child is killed, it doesn't matter because 3 years ago, a pregnant jesih woman and her children was killed.

    Never do you stop to akmnowledge that wrogn has taken place, wahat matters is your unstoppable need to excuse the present with examples of the pasComical,

    Once again, you insist on dismissing disturbing trends or inconvenient reports by insisting that if the example in questions doe snot illustrated the extremities, it is not news. If one Palestinian child is killed, it doesn't matter because 3 years ago, a pregnant Jewish woman and her children was killed.

    Never do you stop to acknowledge that wrong has taken place, what matters is your unstoppable need to excuse the present with examples of the past. ]

    The Ayaan Hirsi Ali is an interesting story, and a disturbing one indeed, but it pales into insignificance when compare to the treatment handed out to Mordechai Vannunu.
    t.

  • Comical_Ali

    If a moral equivlance could be drawn between the way Israelis allegedly kill innocent people (including children) and the way the Palestinians actually go about killing innocent people (including children) and your assertion was thus proven right, than the Palestinians would be an extinct race of people.

    The Ayaan Hirsi Ali is an interesting story, and a disturbing one indeed, but it pales into insignificance when compare to the treatment handed out to Mordechai Vannunu.

    LOL,I'm not even going to argue with that, but I often wonder how you can come up with these comparisons & humerous gags.

  • viva peace

    Addamo

    I imagine that all countries have very severe penalties for treason; mainly death! Would you prefer to be judged a traitor in Israel or Gaza, Egypt, Pakistan, Jordan, Syria?

  • Chris

    He is being fed the material. He doesn't seem to have any ability to tackle complicated issues on his own.

    Campus Watch appears to be very interesting. Nothing macarthyite about it. More hysteria from ultra-liberals no doubt

  • Addamo

    LOL,I’m not even going to argue with that, but I often wonder how you can come up with these comparisons & humerous gags.

    The bottom line is that both are pplitical prosoners. That this comparison leaves you without a comeback may be reason for you to go back and rethink your flawed argument, but true to form, you choose to feign outrage at the moral equvalence.

    He doesn’t seem to have any ability to tackle complicated issues on his own.

    Spoken like a man who get's paid to stare a row boats. what an intellectual giant!!

  • Addamo

    Campus Watch appears to be very interesting.

    Speoken like a true McCarthyite.

  • Chris

    Yes, Ali. It appears there is no connection between Ayaan Hirsi Ali and Vanunnu. Nor can there be any equivilance in the treatment of a people prejudiced against women and a people prejudiced against a traitor.

    It is interesting to relate the crimes eligible for the death penalty in land ruled by under arab islamics as compared to Israel.

  • Addamo

    Ah, thre's that "it appears" prefix again (a.k.a. I;m talking bullshit again but I will put this out clause in so I can wiggle my way out of it later).

    Nor can there be any equivilance in the treatment of a people prejudiced against women and a people prejudiced against a traitor.

    Both wer considered political enemies. Both escaped their country and were vocal critics. They share a great deal in common.

    It is interesting to relate the crimes eligible for the death penalty in land ruled by under arab islamics as compared to Israe

    18 years in prison in the US woud be regarded as a life senetece, especially when that persojn has a gag order imposed on them and ios prevented from travelling. very much in the vain of most tyranical regime, like China, for example.

  • edward squire

    CampusWatch would never work in Australia … it would rapidly become CampusWatchTakingThePiss.

  • Addamo

    Do you live in Australia Chris?

  • Addamo

    He is in there for life and his offence is no way as severe as Vanunu’s. Just one minor example out of thousands.

    No way as severe? How many lives did Vannunu's actions cost? Apparently quite a few people bit the dust over Pollards activities, not to mention, detroying inteligence activities the CIA were conducting. Vannunu actions did nothing to diminish Israel's weapons programs. Another example why no one should take you seriously.

    China would have executed Vannunu a very long time ago.

    You don't know that. You are guessing.

  • viva peace

    edward

    Your denial is a bit of a worry. Pipes is mentioned more often here than Ariel Sharon in a Peace and Conflict Studies class in Gaza.

  • Addamo

    Viva

    That's a good quesrion but not an obvious one to answer. If at this point in my life I were looking at 20 years in a prison anywhere in the Middle East, I would probably opt for the one with the death sentence.

  • edward squire

    viva peace Apr 6th, 2006 at 12:13 pm

    edward

    Your denial is a bit of a worry.

    Denial of what? I think it would be GREAT to have a Campus Watch in Australia – it would be hilariously fun!

  • viva peace

    edward

    Not that; I was obviously referring to the number of times Pipes, etc. are mentioned here. Look I do not point this out as a criticism. These people are highly paid pundit-celebrities and so SHOULD have their punditry (?) scritinized. Equally I think the cultural warriors in cosy tenured academic fiefdoms should also be closely scrutinized.

  • Addamo

    Hitchens is barely mentioned at all. In fact, I think I;mthe only one who brings him up. He's one of my favourites. Such a master of footh in mouth disease.

  • edward squire

    viva peace Apr 6th, 2006 at 12:47 pm

    edward

    Not that; I was obviously referring to the number of times Pipes, etc.

    Well, he doesn't get mentioned every day … nor even every week, but this is a boring nitpicky point. As to the more intersting point:

    Equally I think the cultural warriors in cosy tenured academic fiefdoms should also be closely scrutinized.

    Sure, that would be great. It has been a long time since newspapers and such paid attention to what lecturers actually said in their lectures – most lecturers would settle for merely having the students pay attention … but if someone is willing to provide a public platform for free, that's great!

  • orang

    Tell me, is Hitchens your typical RWZAA?(Right wing zionist apologist arsehole) I thought that despite his pro-Iraq war stance and generally on all fours, bigW ball licking position, he remained "left" regarding Palestine.

  • Addamo

    edward squire
    Apr 6th, 2006 at 1:57 pm

    Sure, that would be great. It has been a long time since newspapers and such paid attention to what lecturers actually said in their lectures – most lecturers would settle for merely having the students pay attention … but if someone is willing to provide a public platform for free, that’s great!

    And how would this be achieved? Podcasting of lectures along with trasncripts?

    The fact is that the only time academics are challenged, or even discussed, is when someone finds their comments offensive, adn as was the case with Paul Gilroy, someo goes out of their way to deliberately misrepresent their position.

  • edward squire

    Addamo Apr 6th, 2006 at 11:23 pm

    The fact is that the only time academics are challenged, or even discussed, is when someone finds their comments offensive

    Sad but true. I was so looking forward to my evil anti-Zionism diatribes being plastered across CampusWatch-OzStyle, alas, I can't see it happening. Check out this sizzler from one of my outrageous lectures:

    "If, when MR = MC holds, AR > ATC, then not only is profit being made for the Q in question, but the maximum economic profit possible in the circumstances given – i.e. there is no other Q where profit could be larger. If, when MR = MC holds, AR = ATC, then the firm is "breaking even" at this Q (it is making no economic profit), but at any other Q the firm would be making a loss. This is true whether referring to the short-run or the long-run."

    What a firebrand!