McCarthyism 2.0: Zionists, Neocons, and Administrators Team Up to Persecute Scholars

“You’ve done enough. Have you no sense of decency, sir, at long last? Have you left no sense of decency?”
— Joseph Welch to Senator Joseph McCarthy, April 1954.

2 Zionist students at Santa Barbara notified the Zionist ADL and their Zionist administrators at UC Santa Barbara that one of their professors had broken the silence imposed by Zionists on non-conservative academics.

With the support of the ADL, the UC Santa Barbara administration moved to indict and fire well-respected political sociologist William Robinson for showing students documents indicating that some Jewish people see the Jewish attacks on Gaza as wrong.

According to the 2 students, the ADL and UC Santa Barbara, exposing students to such non-Zionist points of view constitutes an assault on Jewish people.

Read about this instance of the broader Zionist campaign against academic freedom and free speech in the US at the Committee to Defend Academic Freedom at UCSB site.

The academic freedom defense committee has on their website a petition to sign, and a letter template if you will write the Chancellor of UC Santa Barbara Henry Yang: henry.yang@chancellor.ucsb.edu.

From Dana Cloud’s “The McCarthyism that Horowitz Built”: “John Wilson, founder of the Institute for College Freedom, explained, ‘The Right lost so badly (in the last US election) that its representatives are looking for easy targets. They see the campus as a place where they can retrench.'”

Raging from the confluent interests of belligerent conservative social movement actors and the decadent layer cake of American academic administrators, the well-funded, sweeping campaign of intimidating, threatening, and punishing wage-dependent scholars and experts has been effective. It has fostered a degrading culture of fear, distrust, dread, silence, frustration, and alienation in education. It has kept administrators in McMansions and SUVs. It has kept America on the war leash.

This market-totalitarianism is the same intolerant and intolerable anti-Enlightenment corruption that has laid waste to US society through neocon political warfare over these past decades. Professors have got to form unions, cut down overpaid administration positions, make administrators work for education and not vice versa, valorize scholarship and citizenship in our society, and chop off the corrosive, controlling tentacles of bellicose political interests.

Update:

My “liberal” Jewish friends inform me that it is not politically acceptable to use the word “Zionist” to refer to organized political campaigns to stifle critique of right-wing Israeli military and political aggression and to harass and disenfranchise anyone circulating critiques of such a conservative bloc and its policies, even if those critiques are from the non-right wing portion of Israel. Hmmm. Perhaps we should just use the term “Masada Complexoids” or “Likud Lobby”. These Jewish Democrats recommend having no language to communicate this empirical phenomenon. Hmmm. Perhaps they’re trying to indicate that there’s no distinction to be made between neocon and liberal American Jews?

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Corrupt old Jane Harman, vehicle for AIPAC & illegal wiretapping & US decline


Filthy buggers in bed together: California Democrat Jane Harman, Alberto Gonzales, and AIPAC.

Read Greenwald’s report about this “deepest kind of corruption.”

Harman was the Bush Administration’s public point man on warrantless wiretapping, denouncing journalists for exposing Bush’s lawless wiretapping program. In return for her performance of this attack-dog task for the Bush Administration, Gonzales stepped in to stop the Justice Department’s investigation of Harman’s clandestine work on behalf of AIPAC. See Stein, Jeff. 2009. “Wiretap recorded Harman discussing aid for AIPAC defendents.” CQ Politics, April 19. AIPAC (American Israel Public Affairs Committee) is the most powerful pro-Israel organization in Washington.

Harman is notable for her long involvement in intelligence issues as a US Representative, and her belligerent right-wing communication style. Harman is also a member of the new neocon organization, the blandly-named Foreign Policy Initiative (FPI).

Despite AIPAC’s political backing, however, Harman failed to secure posts on the House Intelligence Committee or in the Obama Administration. Some of her wiretapping chickens had apparently come home to roost.

The commitments


Herbert, Bob. 2009. “A Culture Soaked in Blood.” The New York Times, April 25.

Guns.

Philip Markoff, a medical student, supposedly carried his semiautomatic in a hollowed-out volume of “Gray’s Anatomy.” Police believe he used it in a hotel room in Boston last week to murder Julissa Brisman, a 26-year-old woman who had advertised her services as a masseuse on Craigslist.

In Palm Harbor, Fla., a 12-year-old boy named Jacob Larson came across a gun in the family home that, according to police, his parents had forgotten they had. Jacob shot himself in the head and is in a coma, police said. Authorities believe the shooting was accidental.

There is no way to overstate the horror of gun violence in America. Roughly 16,000 to 17,000 Americans are murdered every year, and more than 12,000 of them, on average, are shot to death. This is an insanely violent society, and the worst of that violence is made insanely easy by the widespread availability of guns.

When the music producer Phil Spector decided, for whatever reason, to kill the actress, Lana Clarkson, all he had to do was reach for his gun — one of the 283 million privately owned firearms that are out there. When John Muhammad and his teenage accomplice, Lee Malvo, went on a killing spree that took 10 lives in the Washington area, the absolute least of their worries was how to get a semiautomatic rifle that fit their deadly mission.

We’re confiscating shampoo from carry-on luggage at airports while at the same time handing out high-powered weaponry to criminals and psychotics at gun shows.

There were ceremonies marking the recent 10th anniversary of the shootings at Columbine High School, but very few people remember a mass murder just five months after Columbine, when a man with a semiautomatic handgun opened fire on congregants praying in a Baptist church in Fort Worth. Eight people died, including the gunman, who shot himself.

A little more than a year before the Columbine killings, two boys with high-powered rifles killed a teacher and four little girls at a school in Jonesboro, Ark. That’s not widely remembered either. When something is as pervasive as gun violence in the U.S., which is as common as baseball in the summertime, it’s very hard for individual cases to remain in the public mind.

Homicides are only a part of the story.

While more than 12,000 people are murdered with guns annually, the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence (using the latest available data) tells us that more than 30,000 people are killed over the course of one typical year by guns. That includes 17,000 who commit suicide, nearly 800 who are killed in accidental shootings and more than 300 killed by the police. (In many of the law enforcement shootings, the police officers are reacting to people armed with guns).

And then there are the people who are shot but don’t die. Nearly 70,000 fall into that category in a typical year, including 48,000 who are criminally attacked, 4,200 who survive a suicide attempt, more than 15,000 who are shot accidentally, and more than 1,000 — many with a gun in possession — who are shot by the police.

The medical cost of treating gunshot wounds in the U.S. is estimated to be well more than $2 billion annually. And the Violence Policy Center, a gun control advocacy group, has noted that nonfatal gunshot wounds are the leading cause of uninsured hospital stays.

The toll on children and teenagers is particularly heartbreaking. According to the Brady Campaign, more than 3,000 kids are shot to death in a typical year. More than 1,900 are murdered, more than 800 commit suicide, about 170 are killed accidentally and 20 or so are killed by the police.

Another 17,000 are shot but survive.

I remember writing from Chicago two years ago about the nearly three dozen public school youngsters who were shot to death in a variety of circumstances around the city over the course of just one school year. Arne Duncan, who was then the chief of the Chicago schools and is now the U.S. secretary of education, said to me at the time: “That’s more than a kid every two weeks. Think about that.”

Actually, that’s our problem. We don’t really think about it. If the crime is horrible enough, we’ll go through the motions of public anguish but we never really do anything about it. Americans are as blasé as can be about this relentless slaughter that keeps the culture soaked in blood.

This blasé attitude, this willful refusal to acknowledge the scope of the horror, leaves the gun nuts free to press their crazy case for more and more guns in ever more hands. They’re committed to keeping the killing easy, and we should be committed for not stopping them.

US Torture Report, Spring 2009

Links to US torture reports:

The New York Times

Knowlton, Brian. 2009. “Report gives new detail on approval of brutal techniques.” New York Times, April 22.

Shane, Scott and Mark Mazzetti. 2009. “In adopting harsh tactics, no inquiry into their past.” New York Times, April 22.

Shane, Scott. 2009. “2 suspects waterboarded 266 times.” New York Times, April 20.

The editors. 2009. “The torturers’ manifesto.” New York Times, April 18.

Danner, Mark. 2009. “Tales from torture’s dark world.” The New York Times, March 14.

Krugman, Paul. 2009. “Reclaiming America’s soul.” The New York Times, April 23.

Glenn Greenwald

Greenwald, Glenn. 2009. “The NYT’s definition of blinding American exceptionalism.” Salon.com, May 8. In which Greenwald points out that the American press calls all non-American-based torture by its name.

“(U)sing the editorial standards of America’s journalistic institutions — as explained recently by the NYT Public Editor — shouldn’t this (non-US-based torture) be called ‘torture’ rather than torture — or ‘harsh tactics some critics decry as torture’? Why are the much less brutal methods used by the Chinese on Fischer called torture by the NYT, whereas much harsher methods used by Americans do not merit that term? Here we find what is clearly the single most predominant fact shaping our political and media discourse: everything is different, and better, when we do it. In fact, it is that exact mentality that was and continues to be the primary justification for our torture regime and so much else that we do.”

A Shining Neoliberal City on the Hill, Belly Up


“Last year the Heritage Foundation declared Ireland the third freest economy in the world, behind only Hong Kong and Singapore.

The Irish government now predicts that this year G.D.P. will fall more than 10 percent from its peak, crossing the line that is sometimes used to distinguish between a recession and a depression.

And the lesson of Ireland is that you really, really don’t want to put yourself in a position where you have to punish your economy in order to save your banks.”

From Krugman, Paul. 2009. “Erin Go Broke.” The New York Times, April 19.