Naomi Wolf’s The End of America” Chapter 8: “Target Key Individuals” excerpt

”Universities keep alight the campfires of free speech, so it’s not surprising that Bush supporters seem to have a strategy to target critics on campus. In California, a bill called SB5, the ‘Student Bill of Rights,’ seeks legally to ‘balance’ classroom discussion. David Horowitz, of the well-funded right-wing Center for the Study of Popular Culture, drafted a model of this law. His version has found supporters in Congress. (On May 1, 1933, the Nene Studentenrecht law was passed in Germany, aimed at using student organizations to align universities with the values of the National Socialist state.)” (pgs 106 & 107)

“In times of pressure, citizens can soon tell ‘which way the wind is blowing.’ Individuals realign themselves and their views. Shortly after this furor (Kevin Barrett at WI State 200), Stanley Fish, now a professor of law at Florida International University, wrote and op-ed for the The New York Times that argued that professors who introduce partisan ideas in their lectures deserve to be fired. Academic freedom, he wrote, does not include the right to express such views in the classroom. (Martin Heidegger wrote and essay in 1933, ‘The Self-Assertion of the German University.; Supporting Nazi views of purpose of the academy, Heidegger argued that ‘academic freedom; was a passé notion that should be expelled from the German university.)” (pg 108)

“This pressure on students and academics worked in Chile in the early 1970s as well. Chilean students had been among the few who still dared to march, hold meetings, pass out flyers, and create posters attacking Pinochet after his military coup. But Pinochet purged nonaligned academics and university administrators and put his own military officers in those positions. He closed down whole departments, gutted some university program, and moved others to new locations. He made it clear that student life was now under new management: that of his cronies. It was obvious to Chilean academics that they had to support the Junta or give up their careers.” (pgs 109 & 110)

Chapter 8: Target Key Individuals, The End of America, by Naomi Wolf, Chelsea Green, 2007, ISBN 978-1-933392-79-0

Spiel redux: Everyone should buy 2 copies and give one away. Give one to someone you love or just think needs a wake up call. It’s been adding up over the years, I hadn’t realized, but Naomi Wolf lays it all out for us.

This book is a deal at Or you can be a really big hero and buy it from Chelsea Green, they could probably use the dough. GM

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