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Preaching to the Choir.

  • Nov 2, 2010
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The level of indoctrination in the US institutions of higher education has reached epic proportions. As someone who has spent many years in undergraduate and graduate institutions, as well as taught at several prominent liberal arts colleges, I have witnessed this total ideological pollution of the academia first hand, and hence I am in no need of being persuaded by the basic premise of the "Indoctrination U." There are certainly some individual faculty and staff of all political persuasions who have maintained their intellectual and moral integrity, but by and large the purging of ideological dissenters has been so thorough that there is hardly any doubt that in any reasonable person's mind that today's US colleges and universities are a far cry from their erstwhile intellectual excellence. This sad state of affairs is particularly true in humanities and social sciences, but as I've come to know firsthand even the "hard" sciences have not remained immune.

David Horowitz has been on a personal crusade for well over two decades to expose and undermine the individuals and institutions that are most deserving of opprobrium when it comes to using academic institutions as vehicles of political agitation. His "Academic Bill of Rights" is a reasonable set of principles and guidelines, all of them voluntary, which would ensure that students and faculty are not judged and discriminated against in their academic careers solely based on their political beliefs. It strives to make the classroom, laboratory and the lecture room free from political agitation of any kind. In his book The Professors: The 101 Most Dangerous Academics in America, Horowitz has exposed some of the "worst of the worst" academics that use the cover of academic freedom to promote their vicious, misguided, or just plain dumb agendas. For his uncompromising stand and willingness to talk about these issues in an open and public way, Horowitz has been exposed to the level of hate from the entire "enlightened" academic community that in some other times would have been reserved only for war criminals. This in itself is symptomatic of the intellectual culture that is completely and utterly shut off from any form of honest dissent.

Even though I am extremely sympathetic to Horowitz and his viewpoints, I was quite a bit disappointed by this book. My reservations are stylistic and structural, rather than conceptual. Instead of being an intellectually overarching discussion of the main failings of the present academic system, this book presents several anecdotes and incidents from Horowitz's recent skirmishes with his academic foes. He uses several of the chapters in the book as a platform for the refutation of his critics, or worse as a continuation of the debates that he had recently been part of. Even though I agree wholeheartedly with all of his points, I could not help but feel that this book was at moments petty and vindictive. Unfortunately this will not be a book that will appeal to many honest and dispassionate skeptics. It is mostly "preaching to the choir."

In terms of content I would give this book five stars, but in terms of structure and presentation it barely rises to three stars. Overall then this is a four-star book.

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The level of indoctrination in the US institutions of higher education has reached epic proportions. As someone who has spent many years in undergraduate and graduate institutions, as well as taught at several prominent liberal arts colleges, I have witnessed this total ideological pollution of the academia first hand, and hence I am in no need of being persuaded by the basic premise of the "Indoctrination U." There are certainly some individual faculty and staff of all political persuasions …
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In 2003, David Horowitz began a campaign to promote intellectual diversity and a return to academic standards in American universities. To achieve these goals he devised an Academic Bill of Rights and created a national student movement with chapters on 160 college campuses. Take No Prisoners is a riveting account of the reaction to Horowitz's campaign by professor unions and academic associations, whose leaderships have been taken over by the political left.
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ISBN-10: 1594032378
ISBN-13: 978-1594032370
Author: David Horowitz
Publisher: Encounter Books

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