David Horowitz

David Horowitz’s Archives: The Surreal World of the Progressive Left

Posted on December 13 2010 6:45 am
David Horowitz is the editor-in-chief of NewsReal Blog and FrontPage Magazine. He is the President and CEO of the David Horowitz Freedom Center. His most recent book is Reforming Our Universities

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However blatantly ideological and indefensible, Horowitz appears determined to continue preaching “Academic Freedom” to his dwindling choir. In 2007, an increasingly grumpy Horowitz (see grumpy photo) published Indoctrination U: The Left’s War Against Academic Freedom. Despite Professors having been roundly denounced, Horowitz recycles already-debunked misrepresentations, half-truths, and creative exaggerations to rehash his agenda. Horowitz blames those intolerant leftists and indoctrinated drones for dismissing his campaign, brushing past any substantive critiques of his ideological bias and dishonesty. Horowitz appears to have been drowned out by his own petulance, with his book already in the discount bin.

34. More falsehoods. Indoctrination U will sell about 20,000 copies, quite respectable for such a book, and probably several times what Michael Berube’s What’s So Liberal About the Liberal Arts (which was written to combat my campaign) has sold. The Professors has sold about 50,000 copies. Your summary of the contents of my book is no more accurate than the wishful thinking about its sales.

As even the conservative faithful lose their taste for pundits high on provocation and weak on proof, perhaps Horowitz should reassess just why nobody is listening to him. (And, no, we’re not just saying all this because Horowitz recently referred to Campus Progress as “thegutter left.” But thanks for the mention!)

35. With this “profile” as evidence, I think it’s safe to say you are.

So read up on Horowitz and get ready – he may just be bringing his cries of liberal bias to a campus near you! You can track legislation in state legislatures and find out more at Free Exchange on Campus, a coalition organized by Campus Progress, the American Federation of Teachers, the Center for Campus Free Speech, the ACLU, and others.

Some of our Favorite Horowitz Quotes:

“Leftism itself is an infantile disorder. In the view of this puerile left, the American government is an omnipotent father who is to be blamed for everything – and is so blamed in order to exculpate the children, leftists like Brown and Sheehan, from their responsibility for anything.” (9/1/05)

“Do I think some members of the anti-war movement are in actual formal contact with the radical Islamists and advancing their agendas. Yes I do. Do I think you and Cindy Sheehan are? Only peripherally in that the radical Islamists are integrated into the anti-war coalition generally.” (to David Swanson, creator of, 8/19/05)

“You see, the left isn’t forgiving or civil. Instead they are violently, fervently committed to their unholy war to tear down American democracy and replace it with their version – anAmericanized version – of communism.” (3/8/2000)

“The so-called “peace movement” today is led by the same hate-America radicals who supported America’s totalitarian enemies during the Cold War. They marched in support of the Vietcong, the Sandinista Marxists and the Communist guerrillas in El Salvador. Before that they marched in behalf of Stalin and Mao. They still support Castro and the nuclear lunatic in North Korea, Kim Jong-Il. They are the friends in deed of Osama bin Laden and Saddam Hussein.” (4/7/2003)

“If Rodney King had obeyed the orders clearly given and had laid down in a ‘prone position’ on the night of his famous encounter with Los Angeles police, 58 people would be alive today, $16 billion would be circulating in the economy and four dedicated LAPD officers who were working to the book that night would not have been forced to endure two trials (the first had acquitted them) and had their careers destroyed to appease the liberal conscience. But liberals had to make their point.” (9/9/2003)

“Now it is virtually impossible for a vocal conservative to be hired for a tenure-track position on a faculty anywhere, or to receive tenure if so hired.” (4/18/2003)

“Paradoxically, at the same time, the destructive Left sees in American democracy and the Constitution that created it, a powerful weapon it can use to destroy the system. Consequently – and again somewhat paradoxically – the anti-American Left has directed a significant part of its political energy towards attacks on the American court system and on the Constitution itself.” (“Out of Many, One,” 11/24/2003)

“What I’ve set out to do is to try to restore the educational principles that were in place before the generation of sixties leftists infiltrated the university and corrupted it by transforming it into an ideological platform.” Horowitz, (2005).

Be sure to check out our other Know Your Right-Wing Speakers profiles. And keep checking the blogs for the latest “Horowitz Watch“ from our campus correspondents.
—updated by Niral Shah, Dartmouth College

Illustration: August J. Pollak



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You article mischaracterizes Horowitz, his intentions, and his positions. Idealogical (left or right) monopolies, Horowitz rightfully asserts, compromise the academic mission. Horowitz presents unwelcomely, but writes eloquently, on many subjects. — Simon – Apr 25, 09:04 PM– #

Your incredibly dishonest interpretation of Horowitz’s views only serves to validate the things he is saying. — David – May 7, 12:16 AM – #

You say that Horowitz did an about-face in 1985. In fact, his about-face came in 1974. At that time, Horowitz was working with the Black Panthers, which had become a criminal organization. He helped a friend of his, Betty Van Patter, get a job doing bookkeeping for the Panthers.

Van Patter was murdered, and Horowitz has always (rightly) felt partly responsible. Since then, Horowitz has shown a deep antipathy for the left in general and for blacks in particular. His Frontpage magazine regularly publishes the views of unabashed racists like David Yeagley, thus allowing Horowitz to express his racism without having to actually sign his own name to it. — gordo – May 30, 06:48 PM – #

David H. is one of my heros. I work in the media and see first hand the horrible bias in the world of commercial news reporting. David saw the errors of his former ways and with his age came wisdom and he has graduated to a higher level of understanding. Anyone supporting the current media regime will soon see the errors of their ways as well. — K. Kaas – Jun 12, 03:06 PM – #

Wow, it’s good to know propaganda now comes in an easy to read, online format. What will campus progress think of next? — Sam – Jul 28, 12:53 PM – #

I am looking for a quote from Horowitz. I heard he said that “Black people should be appreciative of slavery because they got a chance to be a part of America, otherwise they’d still be savages.” Is this accurate? Thank you. — Jennifer – Sep 17, 10:35 PM – #

Its nice to see the author of this tripe take a beating. The lefties are out of control. — Dean Smith – Sep 20, 08:35 PM – #

If you don’t see the liberal bias on college campuses today, you embrace a level of ignorance that is altogether appalling! There’s no hope for you to touch reality. The collection of responses to your propoganda on this page restores my faith in humanity. — Steve Kno – Oct 8, 01:01 AM – #

The most interesting items in the piece were the quotes from Horowitz. Yes, the commentary is laughable. It is the kind of thing you would expect from one of limited experience. Only two of the quotes stretch the truth. The others are just true. Horowitz is correct in pointing out just how little the truth matters to political extremists. The left has no monopoly on indifference to facts, but its does have a controlling interest. — Slim – Oct 8, 08:40 PM – #

I just finished reading the book Destructive Generation: Second Thoughts About the Sixties.This book is about the worst book ever written. They take isolated cases and twist them to imply that black people are evil or something and will shoot you even if you fight for them, and that ALL liberals were radicals and wanted to blow up buildings and kill people. From what I’ve read on the internet today about Horowitz, it totally doesn’t surprise me in any way.

In the Sixties, all they wanted was to give peace a chance, and now this dork comes and makes it look like they wanted to cause civil war. Typical right wing garbage, distorting the facts and drawing conclusions that were never there. I’m guessing that if he had it his way, we’d still be worshipping Senator McCarthy and rounding up supposed Soviet spies. — David – Oct 11, 11:46 AM – #

thanks for this page. this asshole and his mouth pieces are launching their insanely racist and pro-war campaign called “islamo-fascim awareness week” and they’re actually coming to a school near me. so its good to have info to expose these racists for the liars and bigots that they are. — Ken – Oct 17, 05:21 PM – #

Horowitz is brilliant. He truly understands . Educate yourselves. Allow the man to speak and do not interupt. P.S. Senator McCarthy was right. The Venona releases exhonerated him. — Dennis D – Oct 25, 09:31 PM – #

I agree that Horowitz is brilliant. But I would add that he is right too. Islamo-Fascists and their promoters won’t prevail. — Abe Bird – Oct 26, 05:17 AM – #

Up with Horowitz! Down with Islamofascism! Up with the right wing! Down with campus radicals! Wharlarlarlarlar, ummugummugummugummu! Mooo! — benj – Oct 26, 10:11 AM – #

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