Several letter writers have complained about Lori Falce’s front-page story “advertising” Professor Watchlist, a project launched by Charlie Kirk and his Turning Point USA.
I’m actually grateful to know about this new effort by another far-right wing special interest group that seeks to intimidate teachers who do not share the reactionary views of the far-right.
Efforts to intimidate and silence anyone who threatens the fragile ideology of the ultra-rich and super-powerful are not new. Just a decade ago, David Horowitz led the attack on teachers who, he claimed, threatened right-wing hegemony.
Horowitz, you’ll remember, was the guy who convinced the Pennsylvania legislature to pass the so-called “Academic Bill of Rights” and organize a witch hunt looking for teachers who trampled on (right-wing) students’ free speech by encouraging students to ask questions. The Horowitz inquisition was quietly abandoned for lack of single credible case.
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My thanks to Falce for alerting us to this new attempt by a special-interest group to impose right-wing orthodoxy on our colleges and universities. We need to know when we are threatened by bullies.
John Hruschka, Bellefonte