Sunday, November 27, 2005

Don't Dare Show Your Face at My College.

"I will continue to expose your right-wing, anti-people politics until groups like your won't dare show their face on a college campus."
Those were some of the words of a now former adjunct professor, John Daly at Warren County Community College in New Jersey. He was informing a student, Rebecca Beach, of his opposition to her group and their presentation of a veteran of the current war in Iraq who is to speak in favor of the action and reconstruction efforts. Some are crying foul even though Daly resigned before anything was decided about his remarks. The college president claims to have found the remarks offensive but supports his right to say them. I guess having an employee express a desire for a certain type of customer to not dare show their face on the premises is fine as long as they use their own e-mail account. Its about his right to free speech. Or is it only fine in an academic setting where the freedom of speech deal is only to help the professors sell books and has no application to the students?

Daly's comments also mention Exxon and Hurricane Katrina as examples of capitalism's brutality which leaves out the fact that Exxon was a constant government teat-sucker for years, accepting 5 billion dollars in taxpayer subsidies over ten years and having lots of politicians in their pockets. Why this is an inditement on capitalism rather than state involvement in the economy is unclear. As for the Hurricane, he is saying that the government's response resulted in lost lives. Interestingly enough there were many private companies and organizations that chipped in to help out. This also is an inditement of capitalism - How? Daley also refers to Rebecca's group's literature which states that Communism killed 100,000,000 people.
"Communism killed 100,000,000" is not only untrue, but ignores the fact that CAPITALISM has killed many more and the evidence for that can be seen in the daily news papers."
Forgetting all of the shopkeepers, restaurant owners and bike manufactures who are out and about in areas of North America and Europe slaughtering people (must be in the sports section of the daily news paper which would explain why I did not read about it) we are now to believe that Stalin, Pol Pot, the Cultural Revolution, and the last 50 years of North Korean history never existed. Why is Holocaust denial wrong but pissing on the graves of communist victims is not? Especially given that, while the Nazis claimed to hate communists they were a socialist command economy to the core, (propped up first by piracy and then by war spoils) which makes them as left wing, economically speaking, as the best of them. Fortunately this adjunct professor was not a history teacher. I am glad that there are students like Rebecca Beach in colleges to offset the John Daly types in the faculties. I can't wait until the baby boomers retire.

PS. I caught sight of this story via The Y Files. While Cathy Young may not come completely to the same position as I do on whether the college over reacted, she is able to recognize the irony of people defending Daly on freedom of speech grounds. Her blog examines and supports feminism from a point of view that some consider anti-feminist. It seems to me that when a feminist thinks for herself she is quick to be labeled anti-feminist, as with just about any religion, philosophy, persuasion or identity that humans come up with. The fact that she is not on the same page as many feminists make for an interesting read but since I agree with her on much of what she says I am not an objective reviewer.

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