Those"Presbyterian Peacemakers" at Wooster and"Jewish Troublemakers" at Volokh are at it again, but Bernstein and Randy Barnett need to talk with each other about the privileges of free speech in the classroom and its responsibilities.
Noting their absence from David Horowitz's FollowTheNetwork.Org, a database of the Left, Kieran Healy at Crooked Timber asks"What are we at CT? Chopped Liver?" I was curious about the database, which dumps religious zealots like Osama bin Laden in with secular academics like Michael Walzer, and looked up the historians who made Horowitz's cut. The group includes the usual obvious suspects (Columbia's Eric Foner and Ira Katznelson; NYU's Robin Kelly and Mary Young; and BU's Howard Zinn), the"radically reformed" (CUNY's Ronald Radosh), and the dead (Northwestern's Robert Wiebe). The outliers were Northwestern's Gary (sic) Wills and Alaska's Kenneth O'Reilly. Wills has as deeply textured a conservative sensibility as one might find anywhere and, while O'Reilly may be"on the left," he is hardly one of the"most wanted" lefties among us. As deeply infested and infesting as we are, thousands may search in vain, as Kieran Healy and I did, for our names. The closest I came to immortality was a former student who now teaches at Yale. Thanks be to G_d for former students.
Update: Horowitz took down his Left Wing Hall of Fame, but here's a mirror of it.
Mirror, mirror on the netYep. Young David Horowitz is also in his database. Thanks to Atrios, Crooked Timber, and the Volokhs who keep me updated on the absurd.
Who's as looney as they get?
Cliopatria welcomes American University's Allan Lichtman's blog to HNN's roster. Lichtman specializes in quantitative methods and 19th and 20th century American political history. He has published Prejudice and Old Politics: The Presidential Election of 1928; Your Family History; Ecological Inference; and The Keys to the White House. He edits Lexington Books' series, Studies in Modern American History. Lichtman writes a column for the Montgomery Gazette and has given expert testimony in over 60 voting rights and redistricting cases.
Over at Liberty and Power, St. Lawrence's Steve Horwitz praises Tim's"A Pox on Both Houses ..."."... the single best thing I've read yet on the bias in academia question," says Horwitz."All I can say is ‘I wish I'd written this.'" How often have I muttered that over Tim's posts. There, I've said it out loud and I'm glad.