Friday, February 24, 2006

Stanford & Penn Law Profs among "101 Most Dangerous"

Brian
Joel Beinin, a Stanford history professor, explains that
[t]he modern social histories of Egypt, Israel and Palestine have been my principal research areas. However, my interests are broad and eclectic. My intellectual profile has been formed by engagement with political economy, cultural studies, and comparative empire studies.
Regina Austin, a Penn Law professor,
is a leading authority on economic discrimination and minority legal feminism. Her work on the overlapping burdens of race, gender, and class oppression, widely recognized for its insight and creativity, has been widely reprinted.
Both are really just as bad as serial killers and Mussolini. Maybe worse. In fact, they are among David Horowitz's 101 Most Dangerous Academics in America, and since the pen is mightier than the sword, that makes them, like, warlords or something. Austin, of course, "call[s] on African-Americans to engage in law-breaking," and Beinin, naturally, "refers to jihadist suicide bombers as 'martyrs' and denounces America on Al-Jazeera TV." In their spare time they slaughter babies and listen to Eminem. It's honestly as if Horowitz entered professors' names into a random conservative insult generator. When Sean Hannity distilled Horowitz's argument down to a few sentences, luckily, we had Penn State literature prof Michael Berube to explain exactly what makes these folks so dangerous:
Kids are indoctrinated. They’re a captive audience.

The process all starts with the captivity, really. As you know, Sean, in America, students are assigned to their universities by the Federal Education and Re-education Committee. Once they arrive on campus, they are subjected to a rigorous system of mandatory coursework. We like to call it “basic training,” and let me tell you, the foreign language requirements are especially punitive. Now, the FERC records tell of a student who tried, in 1988, to “choose” an “elective” course at a Big Ten university. That student was sentenced to twenty years in the Nevada silver mines, where she works today. And I don’t think I have to tell you what happens to undergraduates who violate curfew!
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Indexed by tags education, academia, professors, dangerous, Regina Austin, Joel Beinin, Michael Berube, David Horowitz.

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