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David Horowitz Does Battle At Brooklyn College
American Rattlesnake ^ | March 11, 2010 | Gerard Perry

Posted on 03/10/2011 11:26:46 PM PST by OddLane

Today I decided to return to my old stomping grounds at Brooklyn College in order to witness a lecture delivered by acclaimed polemicist, writer, political and human rights activist, and former leader of the new left, David Horowitz. Invited to speak by student leader Yosef Sobel, and sponsored by Professor Langbert-both of whom can be seen below-Mr. Horowitz delivered an impassioned, but unerringly rational, defense of freedom of speech, pluralism, and diversity, all values under attack in the Middle East and on American campuses-the primary theme of the evening.

He began by noting the extreme impediments he-and the people who attended his lecture-had to overcome in order to simply be in attendance. A particularly sarcastic Muslim student interrupted his introductory remarks-something that would recur approximately a dozen times during his hour long speech-to ask him why such security measures were necessary. His cogent response that these steps were “what checkpoints are about, making people feel safer,” brought a thunderous round of applause from the audience. I can attest to the thoroughness of the examination each person had to undergo before being admitted to the event. If only the federal government were as efficacious and watchful as the people providing security for David Horowitz, we wouldn’t even have to worry about potential domestic terror attacks.

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TOPICS: Education; History; Miscellaneous
KEYWORDS: americanrattlesnake; brooklyncollege; davidhorowitz; israel

1 posted on 03/10/2011 11:26:49 PM PST by OddLane
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To: OddLane

Horowitz used to be one of them, he knows them. I’ve read two of his books, Radical Son and Unholy Alliance. If you want to know the Left’s mindset, read Horowitz. They must hate him.


2 posted on 03/10/2011 11:51:28 PM PST by FlyVet
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To: FlyVet
Judging by the reaction of the mob, they do.

FWIW, I have an entire wing of my personal library devoted to Horowitz.

He's one of my political superheroes.

3 posted on 03/11/2011 12:04:35 AM PST by OddLane
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To: FlyVet

Horowitz demonstrates that a left wing world view is not compatible with intellectual honesty.


4 posted on 03/11/2011 3:51:30 AM PST by Lonesome in Massachussets (Sulzberger Family Motto: Trois generations d'imbeciles, assez)
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To: OddLane

The New York perspective is always fascinating. I feel as if I’m from another planet sometimes ;-).


5 posted on 03/11/2011 4:11:47 AM PST by Tax-chick (Nadie me ama como Jesus.)
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To: Tax-chick

Horowitz has these problems at every college he speaks at - across America. Unfortunately, not just a New York thing.


6 posted on 03/11/2011 4:27:13 AM PST by miss marmelstein
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To: miss marmelstein; OddLane

Yes, I’ve seen other items about Mr. Horowitz’s appearances. I was referring to Gerard’s “on-the-spot” reporting in general. We have some loony liberals here in the far-out sticks, but his pictures from protests in New York were almost beyond belief.


7 posted on 03/11/2011 4:30:23 AM PST by Tax-chick (Nadie me ama como Jesus.)
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To: Tax-chick

Surely, not worse than Wisconsin, lol!


8 posted on 03/11/2011 4:34:48 AM PST by miss marmelstein
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To: miss marmelstein

They’re probably some of the same people: those “students” who don’t appear to actually go to school anywhere or learn anything, including hygiene and spelling.


9 posted on 03/11/2011 4:36:32 AM PST by Tax-chick (Nadie me ama como Jesus.)
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To: OddLane

Wish I could have been there too. Thanks for the report.


10 posted on 03/11/2011 4:38:13 AM PST by arasina (So there.)
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To: FlyVet

If you can find it, read “Hating Whitey” by DH. It’s realy just a collection of essays, but still very powerful.


11 posted on 03/11/2011 4:39:17 AM PST by safeasthebanks ("The most rewarding part, was when he gave me my money!" - Dr. Nick)
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To: OddLane

The left most likely will act like jerks and not let him speak.


12 posted on 03/11/2011 4:40:51 AM PST by bmwcyle (It is Satan's fault)
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To: Tax-chick

And when they get their first job, they can’t believe that their fellow workers do things like smoke on the sidewalks, make rude jokes about minorities, eat trans fats at their desk, and generally behave like a free people. When I was still working in offices, these kids would run off to HR every time they heard something politically incorrect. I knew one Rutgers grad who actually went to the CEO of the company to complain about the lack of political correctness in her corner of the office! He was not pleased.


13 posted on 03/11/2011 4:43:43 AM PST by miss marmelstein
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To: OddLane

I graduated from Brooklyn College in the 70’s and it was a fine and well respected school. When I returned for a visit in the 90’s it looked like a combat zone with security fences and guard stations, the buildings and quad in disrepair. Now I read that they are going to have remedial courses since incoming students dont have the skills to do college work. I remember a classroom debate where I argued against the then new open admissions policy. All I can say is, I told them so.


14 posted on 03/11/2011 6:01:36 AM PST by Hacklehead (Liberalism is the art of taking what works, breaking it, and then blaming conservatives.)
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To: Hacklehead

There are probably many more Brooklyn colleges today.


15 posted on 03/11/2011 7:01:27 AM PST by Rappini (Pro Deo et Patria)
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To: Tax-chick
You're not alone.

:P

16 posted on 03/11/2011 10:04:27 AM PST by OddLane
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To: arasina
I'm glad I was there.

I actually thought they wouldn't let me in at first, but I managed to inveigle my way into the library-although my old college I.D. was confiscated.

17 posted on 03/11/2011 10:27:34 AM PST by OddLane
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To: Hacklehead
Well, you don't have to worry about the quad any longer. They demolished it. It's kind of odd seeing a vast empty space where there used to be a huge building.

I'm grateful that Badillo and Goldstein tried to mitigate the worst aspects of open admissions policies at CUNY, although I don't think they went far enough.

18 posted on 03/11/2011 2:16:05 PM PST by OddLane
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To: OddLane
linky no worky....have a granddaughter on full scholarship at this college...
19 posted on 03/11/2011 4:40:37 PM PST by goat granny
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To: goat granny
Try this one
20 posted on 03/11/2011 5:30:48 PM PST by OddLane
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To: OddLane

Thanks but that one doesn’t work for me either...maybe its my computer. I get no webpage reply....I must not be meant to read it....:O)


21 posted on 03/11/2011 8:37:38 PM PST by goat granny
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To: goat granny
I don't know what the problem is.

David has a post on FrontpageMag about the same event though.

Reading some of the responses is interesting.

22 posted on 03/11/2011 8:51:11 PM PST by OddLane
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To: OddLane

I’ll try going to his website. Thanks, he was on TV just yesterday...(or the day before)


23 posted on 03/11/2011 9:08:03 PM PST by goat granny
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To: goat granny
Yeah, he's been making the rounds recently. Discussing the Peter King hearings.
24 posted on 03/11/2011 11:38:05 PM PST by OddLane
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; ColdOne; Convert from ECUSA; Delacon; ...

Thanks OddLane.
at Brooklyn College...Mr. Horowitz delivered an impassioned, but unerringly rational, defense of freedom of speech, pluralism, and diversity, all values under attack in the Middle East and on American campuses-the primary theme of the evening.
and in the MSM.


25 posted on 03/12/2011 10:54:42 AM PST by SunkenCiv (The 2nd Amendment follows right behind the 1st because some people are hard of hearing.)
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To: Lonesome in Massachussets; OddLane; ml/nj; ExTexasRedhead; SJackson; Yehuda; Nachum; dervish; ...
Horowitz demonstrates that a left-wing world view is not compatible with intellectual honesty.

I don't know what you mean by that remark. Although Horowitz's youth and young adulthood were devoted to "a left wing world view" (he was admittedly a Red Diaper Baby), he left his former comrades on the left decades ago and has long been a bona fide conservative, especially with respect to staunch anti-Islamist, anti-jihadi positions.

It's Horowitz's current detractors on the left, such as the hecklers present at the speech described in the current article, who have a problem with intellectual honesty, as well as civility.

26 posted on 03/12/2011 11:58:07 AM PST by justiceseeker93
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To: OddLane

The reason David Horowitz frightens the Left so is that he WAS one of the 60s radical leaders, who began to see the truth about the Left when his friend was murdered by the Oakland Panthers. He knows how they operate, he studied Rules for Radicals, he knows their blind spots. I love his books, but I’m glad I’m not issuing his life insurance policy. The Left turned on David like a pack of rabid dogs, a reaction many “apostates” get when they leave the Liberal Church.


27 posted on 03/12/2011 12:16:15 PM PST by moodyskeptic (Cultural warrior with a keyboard)
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To: moodyskeptic
I think that's what makes him such a powerful speaker and ambassador for conservative values.

He realizes the depths this country will sink to if we allow them to seize complete control.

28 posted on 03/12/2011 1:11:52 PM PST by OddLane
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To: justiceseeker93

That was my point. Horowitz’ intellectual honesty forced him to leave his comfortable niche in the left. I went through the same transformation myself. It takes a lot of rationalization, or self deception or intellectual slovenliness to remain a leftist.


29 posted on 03/13/2011 3:53:33 AM PDT by Lonesome in Massachussets (Sulzberger Family Motto: Trois generations d'imbeciles, assez)
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To: Lonesome in Massachussets

or freedom of speech


30 posted on 03/13/2011 5:25:17 PM PDT by dervish (I never saw a wild thing sorry for itself)
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To: Hacklehead

Muslims invaded Brooklyn


31 posted on 03/13/2011 5:27:39 PM PDT by dervish (I never saw a wild thing sorry for itself)
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To: dervish
Flatbush, to be specific.
32 posted on 03/13/2011 9:25:57 PM PDT by OddLane
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