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Left Said:Student Backlash Plays Into Horowitz’s Hand

If you browsed a bookstore, you would quickly run across books warning of liberal academia’s orthodoxy over us brainwashed students. One such website is CampusReform.org, whose stated purpose is to “revolutionize the struggle against leftist bias and abuse on college campuses.” Conservative activists say universities like UCSB are “platforms for a virulent orthodoxy,” where students “are no longer taught how to think but are told what to think.”

The two above quotes are from David Horowitz’s published books. Horowitz’s books have titles like Indoctrination U and One-Party Classroom. Horowitz is a frequent speaker at UC Santa Barbara and is scheduled to speak in late May. The preparations for Horowitz’s speaking event this month have generated a lot of controversy. Horowitz’s 2008 speaking appearance was preceded by his full-page advertisement in the Daily Nexus accusing the UCSB Muslim Student Association (MSA) of associating with terrorist organizations. Yes, Horowitz prepared to speak by paying for an advertisement accusing UCSB students of working with Islamist terrorists. Such accusations without facts aren’t going to engender a warm welcome from the UCSB student community. However, the secret is conservative activist speakers do not want a warm welcome from the student community.

These speakers, like Horowitz, use these agitation and propaganda tactics to paint students as leftist/socialist/communist radicals. The last David Horowitz appearance was preceded by a deliberately inflammatory ad in the Daily Nexus. How did the students respond to this taunt? The response was an embarrassingly typical Pavlovian-response: shouting and cursing at Horowitz as he repeated his accusations while speaking. The slandered students acted exactly as Horowitz’s published work portrayed them: demagogic and unable to talk to. The news coverage centered on a liberal audience shouting down a conservative speaker and the dishonesty of Horowitz’s accusations received much less media coverage. The focus falls upon students looking like the free speech oppressors rather than examining David Horowitz’s malicious dishonesty. And that is exactly what Horowitz wanted in order to further his political agenda.

Why are national conservatives like David Horowitz inciting students with slander and pushing this narrative of professors indoctrinating students? Conservative activists’ strategy is as follows. First, paint an objective, professional institution as a liberal politically correct police state. Second, exaggerate exceptions to professionalism (i.e., a UCSB professor getting arrested for protesting in 2010) and manipulate the facts (i.e. CampusReform.org equates the fewer number of conservative UCSB groups with political discrimination against conservatism). Conservative activists’ goals are to pressure professors and students to silence themselves more and more.

Our teachers are not out to brainwash students and my conservative-activist friends are not disadvantaged at UCSB. Two recent studies in the Political Science and Politics Journal prove my point.  Mack Mariani and Gordon Hewitt found in 2008, “while faculty orientation is overwhelmingly liberal, student orientation … is not significantly different than the population at large.”  In 2009, April Kelly Woessner and Matthew Woessner studied how students reacted to a professor’s political ideology and concluded, “there is no evidence that an instructor’s views instigate political change among students.” Until my conservative friends in the College Republicans are ready to host speakers who argue based on researched fact instead of incendiary and hominine attacks, I cannot believe their speaker’s honesty.

David Horowitz is not speaking at UCSB to win an argument. David Horowitz is speaking in order to incite backlash and controversy. He wants us to yell and generate controversy. If we who don’t believe our fellow Muslim students “support a second Holocaust” (Horowitz at UCSB, 2008), attempt to shout down Horowitz, he wins. Let Horowitz speak and stand by his words. Let there be no distracting walkouts or shouting or crying. Let the only outburst be Horowitz’s own verbal attacks on UCSB students because his words will condemn him the most in the public eye.

Daily Nexus liberal columnist David Kornahrens won’t play Horowitz’s game.

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29 Responses to Left Said:Student Backlash Plays Into Horowitz’s Hand

  1. anon

    May 25, 2011 at 12:19 pm

    How dare he provoke students with unusual ideas? A college is no place for such things!

  2. Horowitz=dishonest ultra-nationalist

    May 17, 2011 at 2:56 am

    When David Horowitz was busy cheerleading for the fascist Contras in Nicaragua, with their proven track record of egregious torture and massacres of civilians, where was all his tolerance for human rights? He never had it. For most of his adult “career” he has been committed to supporting the most immoral U.S. foreign policies with an uncanny fervor. That meant supporting fascism and torture all over the third world, don’t even try to deny it when the CIA and the U.S. government have even admitted to it. Easy for him to support Contra death squads as a writer and lecturer when he’s basically on a government payroll.

    I ask you, if he is so against (Islamic) fundamentalism, WHY was he walking around in the 80s with a shirt that said “Support Afghan Freedom Fighters” with a picture of a Mujahaden on it?? (proof: http://www.defendcriticalthinking.info/) Because Horowitz has been fiercely committed to being an intellectual hitman for U.S. foreign policy for decades. In the 80s that meant supporting the most right wing, most hateful, most backward elements of Middle Eastern societies—applauding the U.S. for giving them arms and training to attack not only the Soviet troops in Afghanistan, but the left and secular people within these very Middle Eastern societies. And today, he’s flip-flopped to claim he’s the number one voice against fundamentalism and terrorism! That’s of course after he flipped from Marxism in the 60s! Tell me, is your invited speaker a man with principles of his own, or just a big faker trying to tailor his views to what’s popular (or “controversial” i.e. PROFITABLE) at any given time?!?!

    If Horowitz supports tolerance for gays and lesbians (in Israel) WHY is he running around with modern American Taliban like Pat Robertson, claiming Robertson has done good work for the Horowitzian cause? Talk about UNHOLY ALLIANCE! I call Pat Robertson an American Taliban because his views are just as fundamentalist, hateful and misogynist as the Taliban’s, except Robertson is a Christian fundamentalist Protestant with major influence within the U.S. power structure. The university Robertson helped found, Regents, is a hotbed of anti-semitism and hostility to gay rights. So much for the rights of women to abortion and for the rights of gays to marry. Is that the kind of equality the College Republicans are about? Is Horowitz going to go on a speaking tour to aggressively fight for gay marriage? Not. Or, not unless he can turn it into a pro-Israel speech…virtually the only issue he seems to care about. It’s as if the rest of the world does not exist to this one-dimensional professional polemicist.

  3. Arafat

    May 12, 2011 at 1:49 pm


    Where does Horowitz get his ideas about Islamic supremacism?


    Gosh, it sounds like Horowitz is doing nothing more than listening to Muslims ad parroting their words. Does that mean he’s a racist, xenophobic, boot-strapping Nazi, or does that make him an honest observer of Islam?

  4. Another One Bites the Dust

    May 12, 2011 at 1:12 pm

    “Obama Drone Airstrike Kills Seven Jihadis in Pakistan”

    Barry walks warily down the street,
    with his brim pulled way down low…

  5. Arafat

    May 11, 2011 at 7:34 pm

    We should embrace the Religion of Peace because it makes campus life so exciting:

  6. Arafat

    May 11, 2011 at 7:27 pm

    Here IS the MSA. Why is it California universities are always on the wrong side?


  7. Stop the MSA

    May 11, 2011 at 8:28 am

    A thought experiment: If a student funded group publicly called for the extermination of gays or blacks (instead of Jews as MSA did at UCSD), do you think academia would permit them to continue their student funded activities?

    To ask the question is to anwer it.

    On May 10, 2010, Jumanah Albahri, an ex-officer of the Muslim Student Association (MSA) at the University of California-San Diego (UCSD), admitted during an event put on by Young Americans for Freedom and featuring David Horowitz as a speaker, that she supported a second Holocaust. During the exchange, Albahri also refused to condemn Hamas as a genocidal organization. This chilling Video exchange has made headlines around the country.
    David Horowitz: “I am a Jew. The head of Hezbollah has said that he hopes that we will gather in Israel so he doesn’t have to hunt us down globally… For it or against it?”

    Jumanah Albahri: “For it.”
    Albahri, for all her apparent passion for the Palestinian cause, is blind to her own hypocrisy and ignorance. This is true of most bandwagon Muslim radicals and anti-Israelis. While I doubt the sincerity of Albahri’s “apology,” the sincerity of her pro-genocide comment does not matter. Propagation of genocide has absolutely no place in our society, much less in our schools.

    This is unacceptable, and it must be stopped.

    • Castorp

      May 11, 2011 at 11:00 am

      David Horowitz, the State of Israel was founded on the basis of an explicit, conscious plan of ethnic cleansing. Even pro-Zionist Israeli historians such as Benny Morris concede as much.

      Will you are will you not condemn the State of Israel?

      • Castorp

        May 11, 2011 at 11:01 am

        Edit: “Will you OR will you not condemn the State of Israel?”

        • Stop the MSA

          May 11, 2011 at 11:13 am

          *pffl* Castorp emolates a pathetic decades-old strawman. Benny Morris is a discredited revisionist crackpot. Unlike Horowitz’s factually correct assertions about Hezbollah today (not decades ago), Castorp can produce no evidence to support that moronic slander of Israel. None. Zero. Zilch. Nada.

          Now answer the question: If a student funded group publicly called for the extermination of gays or blacks (instead of Jews as MSA did at UCSD), do you think academia would permit them to continue their student funded activities?

          Try harder to avoid indulging fallacies.

          • Castorp

            May 11, 2011 at 12:43 pm

            Benny Morris, professor of history at Ben-Gurion University since 1997, has exhaustively documented that Israel was founded on the basis of ethnic cleansing.

            He is also an enthusiastic supporter this cleansing.

            I’m inferring that “discredited revisionist crackpot” must be some kind of synonym for “honest”.

            • Castorp

              May 11, 2011 at 12:46 pm

              Edit: “He is also an enthusiastic supporter OF this cleansing.”

              • Stop the MSA

                May 12, 2011 at 9:19 am

                No answer to the question? That’s what I thought.

                I accept Castorp’s inability to address the issue (and continued resort to logically fallacious straman arguments) as evidence of Castorp’s intellectual bankruptcy.

                Grade: F- (failed future)


                • Arafat

                  May 12, 2011 at 9:28 am


                  You’re one of those dispicable anti-semites who will write and say anything irregardless of reality.

                  The Muslim population in Israel is growing as a percentage of Israel’s total population and equals approximately 20% of that population. How does this jive with your ethnic cleansing bullsh*t?

                  Furthermore the people who do practice ethnic cleansing (for real) are Muslims as seen here:

                  I have listed the percentage of Muslim citizens in a handful of countries. In each of the countries listed the trends are toward the percentage of Muslims increasing, except, of course, where it is already 100% Muslim.
                  Saudi Arabia: 100% Muslim/Not one non-Muslim citizen.
                  Iran: 98% Muslim.
                  Turkey: 98% Muslim.
                  Afghanistan: 100% Muslim.
                  Pakistan: 95% Muslim.
                  Somalia: 100% Muslim.
                  Sudan: Estimated 70% Muslim. I wonder how long the genocide will continue before it is 100% Muslim?
                  Libya: 97% Muslim.
                  Yemen: 100% Muslim.
                  Mauritania: 100% Muslim
                  Algeria: 100% Muslim.
                  Israel: 75% Jewish. 16% Muslim with the Muslim population the fastest growing.

    • AliceInChans

      May 11, 2011 at 2:55 pm

      If a student funded group invited a speaker whose organization paid for a full page ad in the Nexus denouncing Hillel, and who publicly proclaimed “Jews are racists, Arab haters, and can’t live peacefully with others”, should academia permit THEM to continue THEIR student funded activities?

      • Stop the MSA

        May 12, 2011 at 9:22 am

        Kindly cite your evidence.

        I have no idea what your alleging.

        • Jaret

          May 12, 2011 at 1:06 pm

          It’s simply what Horowitz has said but switching Arab and Jew.

          For someone who’s name is “Stop the MSA” I have a question for you,

          Can you name one speaker the UCSB MSA has brought in the last year (you can reach further back if you want) that has made accusations or statements against people groups, be they Jew, Christian, American, ext, that even comes close to paralleling Horowitz?

          And as for your “thought experiment” all the video proves is that one girl is an idiot and got heated up by him. Because she’s muslim, arab, and a woman should we assume that she speaks for all muslims, arabs, women?

          That’s how racism works. When a person of a minority group says something or does something, it’s assumed that it can be used as representatives of the whole group no matter how large. The same thing is not true for members of the dominant group, they and their actions are by in large treated as individuals.

          • Stop the MSA

            May 12, 2011 at 1:09 pm

            I see. So you’re using ‘tu quoque’ reasoning.

            Most illogical.

            Grade: F- (failed future)


            • MSA's dossier

              May 12, 2011 at 1:18 pm

              For those interested in reading MSA’s dossier, watch “The Muslim Students Association and the Jihad Network” @

              Don’t be an Islamo-supremacism parrot your whole life, Jaret.

            • Jaret

              May 12, 2011 at 2:34 pm

              And you used a strawman without answering one of my questions. We can agree what the girl said is deeply wrong, but how does that indict every independent MSA on every campus, specifically the one on this campus?

              Please if you are going to make such claims back it up. Bring up a nexus article about a controversial speaker, provide a funding link between MSA and any other boogie man group that Horowitz claims they are related to, do something besides calling me illogical and dismissing my question.

              • Arafat

                May 12, 2011 at 3:33 pm

                It’s the Muslim Apologist, Jaret, doing what he does best.

                Jaret, does anything here make you think the Muslims Student Association is actually not America’s ally?


                • Stop the MSA

                  May 14, 2011 at 5:15 pm

                  Here’s a deal for all the poor, offended MSA supporters on campus:

                  Stop advocating on behalf of murdering innocent women and children and the intentional targeting of civilian centers and school buses with suicide bombers, stop supporting those who call for Israel to be wiped into the sea, and stop supporting those who elect terrorists as their leaders.

                  Do that, and we’ll stop reminding MSA about their Hamas-hugging.


                  • Jaret

                    May 14, 2011 at 9:47 pm

                    Could you please cite one place where the MSA or I have advocated bombing civilian centers and school busses? If there is such an article or speaker that they’ve invited I’d love to know about it *no one has answered my original question yet*

                    Otherwise it seems to me you, like Horowitz, are strawmanning the UCSB MSA by likening them to murderers without an ounce of proof, and before you post up that same tired video, I can make a youtube video with a web of random organizations drawn together with a line too and say they are all the same without one citation to a credible, neutral source.

                    So please, if you really do believe that the UCSB MSA is “bringing jihad to our campus” give an example of one event, speaker, or instance that gives that statement credibility. Otherwise, this whole conversation is pointless.

              • The Verdict

                May 15, 2011 at 8:40 am

                Frankly, Jaret’s reasoning skills are so poor that no real insights can be gleaned from further discussion.

                Clearly, it’s time to break out the Billy Madison verdict:

          • Arafat

            May 15, 2011 at 6:00 am


            I imagine your family is proud of you for supporting America’s enemies:


            Have you ever thought about moving to Somalia where all your friends live? You might be happier there.

  8. Nik

    May 10, 2011 at 11:48 pm

    “The response was an embarrassingly typical Pavlovian-response: shouting and cursing at Horowitz as he repeated his accusations while speaking. The slandered students acted exactly as Horowitz’s published work portrayed them: demagogic and unable to talk to…The focus falls upon students looking like the free speech oppressors rather than examining David Horowitz’s malicious dishonesty. And that is exactly what Horowitz wanted in order to further his political agenda.”

    If it looks like a duck and quacks like a duck…

    So Horowitz claimed the opposition as “demagogic and unable to talk to” and then the opposition responded by with demagogic rhetoric and refused to engage him in dialogue(and in doing so present their arguments to those of us less informed)? I can’t imagine why people think groups like the MSA are dogmatic.

    Horowitz’s accusation that the MSA supports terrorism is obviously absurd and the disparaging remarks toward a number of Islamic attendees unconscionable, it does not excuse the unrestrained backlash that has resulted. I understand the anger that must have been felt when Horowitz spewed about a woman’s terrorist headdress, but when dealing with the ignorant and prejudice we should remain level and let the speaker tear himself down.

    The author is right, emotional reactions of those insulted become the focus, masking the weakness of Horowitz’s campaign. MSA members, Muslim attendees and those that oppose Horowitz’s message distract others from taking in and analyzing what Horowitz has said by giving speeches and insulting him during their turn at the microphone. Asking focused questions about what Horowitz has said would force him to address what support he draws on for the points you feel are inaccurate/ignorant/intolerant. By using the Q&A portion as a soapbox you reenforce the view that you are unwilling to have an open dialogue.

    Again, concise, targeted questions are much more effective than being disruptive. Disruption and an unwillingness to participate in the Q&A irritates those that have come to expand their knowledge and then they associate that irritation with you and the group with which you associate.

    UCSB and IV has a pretty laid back community. Anger driven drama is off putting. Not to mention that passionate, anger fueled attacks that are seen as dogma driven don’t help change stereotypes about Islam. Let others see what Israeli jingoism looks like without retaliatory fire.

    Another problem is, some of the positions he takes are not groundless and those ideas have support among moderates. By dismissing everything he says because he said it alienates people who agree with some parts of his ideology, but not all of it. By focusing on what is irrational, you can highlight it.

  9. Dsforz

    May 10, 2011 at 6:29 pm

    right on the mark David. Also just to add for any students who are going and are part of MSA: have an answer to the question you know he is going to ask. (Will you renounce Hamas and Hezbollah). He asks it every time to any student who goes up to oppose him. Have an answer ready so he does not catch you off guard (Why your answer isn’t immediately “I do not support the violent actions taken by either of those groups” is beyond me, but since that typically is not the response, have one prepared!)

  10. joshua

    May 10, 2011 at 4:12 pm

    Excellent analysis, I could not agree more with David’s analysis.