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News :: Education : Politics
Right-wing campus network increasing
26 Jan 2005
As the 2005 spring semester begins, students across the United States will confront an increasingly sophisticated multi-million dollar right-wing campus network bankrolled by some of the largest conservative philanthropies, think-tanks and corporations. Like the right-wing lie of the so-called ‘liberal’ media, the same is true of the so-called ‘liberal’ university. The three largest conservative campus organizations are the innocuous-sounding Young America’s Foundation (YAF), Intercollegiate Studies Institute (ISI) and the Leadership Institute which spent approximately $25 million on various campus outreach programs in 2004.
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By Bryan G. Pfeifer

As the 2005 spring semester begins, students across the United States will confront an increasingly sophisticated multi-million dollar right-wing campus network bankrolled by some of the largest conservative philanthropies, think-tanks and corporations.

Like the right-wing lie of the so-called ‘liberal’ media, the same is true of the so-called ‘liberal’ university.

The three largest conservative campus organizations are the innocuous-sounding Young America’s Foundation (YAF), Intercollegiate Studies Institute (ISI) and the Leadership Institute which spent approximately $25 million on various campus outreach programs in 2004.

Others include the Ward Connerly-led American Civil Rights Institute, Madison Center for Educational Affairs and the David Horowitz-led Students for Academic Freedom.

According to People for the American Way, a progressive organization exposing the right, the “...right-wing foundations are aware that they must not only control contemporary public debate, but also foster the next generation of conservative scholars, journalists, government employees, legislators and activists.”

Conservative foundations “...and others funnel millions of dollars into conservative university programs, university chairs, lecture circuits and right-wing student publications and promote conservative research in the media to legitimize their positions,” (www.pfaw.org).

Over the past 30 years, the organized right-wing has built a nation-wide campus network with scores of right-wing intelligentsia and over a dozen conservative student-focused think tanks that now spend over $40 million annually.

In contrast the Sierra Student Coalition, the student-led organization of the Sierra Club, services a network of 150 campus chapters with a staff of three and a budget of $350,000, one of the largest budgets of independent progressive campus organizations.

In 2004 YAF subsidized over 200 campus lectures by well-known right-wing speakers largely through the right-wing National Association of Scholar’s chapters on various campuses. YAF, according to its website, was founded to combat affirmative action, feminism, communism and Marxism and also to “counter-balance ‘New Left and Communist influence on campuses.” YAF provides assistance to students and their organizations by providing guest speakers, organizing and training seminars, networking opportunities, promotional merchandise and other resources.

In 1998 YAF purchased the “Western White House” otherwise known as former U.S. president’s Ronald Reagan’s California vacation ranch where conferences, retreats and other activities are held in an effort to recruit and groom the next generation of young conservatives. Its National Journalism Center maintains a job bank for college graduates and program alumni who increasingly employed in “mainstream” media corporations. YAF has received over $1.6 million from the Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation, John M. Olin, Sarah Scaife Foundations according to www.Mediatransparency.org, a progressive website clearinghouse that tracks right-wing funding.

ISI spent about $1 million subsidizing a network of over 80 right-wing campus newspapers in 2004 and over $9 million for book publishing and periodicals for college conservatives. The ISI has received over $16 million since 1985 from conservative foundations. The Collegiate Network founded by Reagan’s treasury secretary William Simon and Irving Kristol, before recently merging with the ISI, received over $4.3 million from conservative foundations.

The ISI’s most well-known graduate is Dinesh D’Souza, former editor of the Dartmouth Review, and a current “fellow” at the American Enterprise Institute and the Hoover Institution. In his 1995 book “The End of Racism: Principles for a Multiracial Society,” D’Souza claimed that segregation was designed to, “...to assure that [Blacks], like the handicapped, would be...permitted to perform to the capacity of their arrested development.” (The Feeding Through: The Bradley Foundation, “The Bell Curve,” & the Real Story Behind W-2).

The Leadership Institute’s goal is to foster conservatism on campuses and through workshops and other means to train young conservative “journalists.” The institute has received over $1.6 million since 1986 from the Richard and Helen DeVos (Amway), the Bradley Foundation and others.

One of the most popular speakers for these organizations is Ann Coulter, lawyer, author of “Treason: Liberal Treachery From the Cold War to the War on Terrorism,” Universal Press Syndicate columnist and frequent commentator for Fox and other networks.

Speaking at the Conservative Political Action Committee’s 2002 annual conference in Washington D.C. where presenters included William Bennett, Lynne Cheney, Katherine Harris, Chris Mathews, Condoleeza Rice and Tommy Thompson, Coulter said:

“In contemplating college liberals, you really regret, once again, that John Walker is not getting the death penalty. We need to execute people like John Walker in order to physically intimidate liberals by making them realize that they could be killed, too. Otherwise they will turn out into out right traitors.”

“On the bright side, and in conclusion,” continued Coulter, “at least college campuses serve as sort of an internment camp for useless leftists in wartime. We know where they are, this way. And, as General Patton said, ‘I love it when they come out and shoot at me because then I know where they are and I can shoot the bastards.’”

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Various articles/information on right-wing influence and organizations in the academy and universities:

Conservative University Programs and Academic Associations
http://www.pfaw.org/pfaw/general/default.aspx?oid=2057

The attack on affirmative action:
http://www.pfaw.org/pfaw/general/default.aspx?oid=2072

Raising a New Right-Wing Generation: Dinesh D'Souza
http://www.pfaw.org/pfaw/general/default.aspx?oid=2070

For information on one of the largest right-wing philanthropies, the Milwaukee, WI-based Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation: http://www.mediatransparency.org/funders/bradley_foundation.htm
http://www.mediatransparency.org/recipients/ifj.htm

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Some of the most prominent right-wing college organizations:

For information on their funding: http://www.mediatransparency.org/search.php

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David Horowitz and the Center for the Study of Popular Culture:
http://www.mediatransparency.org/search_results/info_on_any_recipient.ph
http://madison.indymedia.org/newswire/display_any/325
http://www.mediatransparency.org/people/david_horowitz.htm

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Collegiate Network:
http://www.pfaw.org/pfaw/general/default.aspx?oid=16241

Related article on the Collegiate Network: http://www.mediatransparency.org/recipients/collegiate_network.htm

Collegiate Network supported newspapers: http://www.isi.org/cn/members/papers.aspx

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Intercollegiate Studies Institute:
http://www.mediatransparency.org/recipients/isi.htm

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Leadership Institute:
http://www.pfaw.org/pfaw/general/default.aspx?oid=4244

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Students for Academic Freedom:
http://www.pfaw.org/pfaw/general/default.aspx?oid=16227

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Young America's Foundation:
http://www.pfaw.org/pfaw/general/default.aspx?oid=16236

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Union labor donated
See also:
http://www.mediatransparency.org
http://www.pfaw.org

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Re: Right-wing campus network increasing
26 Jan 2005
no worries, we're getting ready to kick their asses at my campus. "they" being both conservatives and liberals. they may have the funding and institutional support, but we got the beat. the decentralized organization. the vitality and creativity. now all we need is some solidarity between schools, and some student class consciousness...
Re: Right-wing campus network increasing
27 Jan 2005
Go for it, (a) on campus. Maybe you’ll take each other out, put severe damper on political bias, and experience and wisdom can then prevail.
Re: Right-wing campus network increasing
27 Jan 2005
David Horowitz is not right wing. He is superpatriot zionist like Hannity. Technically he is the offspring of campus socialists, college republicans, and Hillel. Dinesh D'Souza is also a super-patriot blogslime. Technically these groups are Young Socialist neocons (eg Wolfowitz and Kirkpatrick anti-stalinist internationalists with a pro-corporate welfare agenda.
Re: Right-wing campus network increasing
27 Jan 2005
Yes, that's just what we need, people on the left (anarchists and liberals) fighting with each other. (Granted, not all liberals really qualify as left--many are of the pro-corporate liberal type. But many others are genuinely left.) We're certainly going to build a strong movement that way, attacking each other.

Now, I'm not saying there are not important differences between liberals and anarchists. As an anarchist, I am critical of liberals on many grounds. But I have also worked politically with liberals, enjoyed it and learned things from it. Alongside genuine, principled differences, there are many areas where liberals and anarchists actually agree with each other. Instead of sniping at each other, it would make more sense to work with each other, and to have serious, honest, respectful discussions about our differences and commonalities--that will better help us understand what we have in common, how we can work together--and what our differences are, and where there might be conflicts.

I'm getting really tired of the attitude I see so much of on Indy Media--if you don't agree with me you're either stupid or a sell out. Both liberals and anarchists (and everyone in between) do it and it is really counterproductive, not to mention inconsistent with the common value we share of open political dialogue (instead of dogmatically insisting that our little group has all the answers, as sectarians and much of the right-wing are so notorious for doing).

And you know what? I would actually argue that anarchists and liberals need each other. Liberals need the anarchists to make them look respectable, so that they have the chance to push through the reforms they want, reforms that might be dismissed as unrealistic or outrageous if there were not anarchists pushing ideas that were far more radical. And anarchists need liberals to create openings in the system, openings that give us more room to maneuver to push for even greater changes. If nothing else, we need them to keep dissent legal, so more of us don't end up like Sherman Austin, given prison sentences for exercising free speech. (For those who don't know the story, Austin is an anarchist who maintained a radical website and got thrown in prison on trumped up charges of promoting bomb-making on his site.) And some liberals would probably be willing to do other things, like support community micro-radio, giving us more room to a radical infrastructure. There are certainly liberals who are rather paternalistic, but others have genuinely democratic sensibilites and would probably be willing to pomote programs that give people and communities more control over their own destinies.
Unions resist control board's attacks
27 Jan 2005
off topic, i know, but in response to your article in the newswire (for some reason i cant comment on it there?) "Unions resist control board's attacks" --- how can people help out other than financially?
Re: Right-wing campus network increasing
27 Jan 2005
That article (Unions Resisting the Control Board) is actually a feature if you scroll down the front page. The reason you couldn't comment on the one in the newswire is because it's hidden, but due to some weird technical glicth we're working on, if you are logged into a user account you can see hidden articles on the front page, instead of just on the hidden articles page.
Re: Right-wing campus network increasing
27 Jan 2005
Regarding the articles headline GREAT!
Look, one way or the other at somr point each person will decide in their own development to either take a stand (left or right) or not-- the right has every "right" to be out there spending their millions of dollars recruiting etc. Just because a cause spends does not mean they "win"-- hell look at Viet nam or Ross Perots campaign.... Money spent does not always mean minds bent. Though, lets say it does mean EXACTLY THIS--- then...who the FUCK are we to say that other people cant believe what they want to?? Whether your a leftist, neo-con or a goddamn anarchist- what ever the all those terms ACTUALLY MEAN-- some how, some way-- YOUR REALITY IS IMPINGING UPON MINE-- which is some how WRONG- but no one can be right- if we are all wrong..... So who cares if the right is spending more money-- people believe what they will, and if they are swayed otherwise (by money, prestige- or even a sense of righteousness) it comes down to their personal choice. ANSWER ME THIS- ALL YOU FINE MINDS- HOW DO YOU CREATE REAL, LASTING SOCIAL CHANGE???? This is the question I have been pondering for years... good luck.
BRAVO It's About Time!!!!
28 Jan 2005
It's about damn time that the last bastions of failed socialistic thinking have been breached. Maybe now, some real educational discourse can occur. Perhaps now the Neo-Fascist inteligencia that have had a strangle-hold on universities and colleges since the 1960s will be consigned to the dung heap of history as has happened in Eastern Europe.
Re: Right-wing campus network increasing
28 Jan 2005
Funnily, one of the Big Lies anchoring the New Right's ideologies is that fascism was a "left wing" movement. (Hence, National Socialism was an example of "socialism," etc.)

Tim, what do you have in mind by "real educational discourse"?

All I ever hear from the student right (when you cut through all the scathing exposes of the secret Maoist cabal running academics) is whining about the fact that there is a general consensus in support of social constructionism and evolutionism in the university system (because those ideas won out in, like, centuries of debate), and that this "oppresses" people's "right" to be taught the same essentialist and creationist bullshit their fundamentalist parents taught them.
Re: Right-wing campus network increasing
28 Jan 2005
anarchists have done a whole lot more for liberals than liberals have ever done for anarchists. the haymarket martyrs were convicted by a liberal court. the palmer raids and the repression of the iww all happened under a liberal president. and today, how many times have you seen anarchist protesters betrayed again and again by their liberal "fellow protesters." this alliance is OVER. more power to all freethinkers willing to take on the bullshit of both the left and the right.
Re: Right-wing campus network increasing
29 Jan 2005
Basically what you're saying is that because I don't agree with you, so I'm not a real anarchist. I'm not sure how to respond to that. Aren't we allowed to have differences of opinion? Don't anarchists value that? Isn't that one of the things that's supposed to separate us from obnoxious sectarians, like the Sparts and Workers World? I don't think we're going to get anywhere if we assume we (however you want to define we) have all the answers. One of the ways we learn is through dialogue with others.

And, yes, liberals have done a lot of slimey things. But, as I pointed out there are different sorts of liberals--there's the mainstream sort, who support state repression of dissident movements that seem to be getting too powerful. Then there's the progressive sort of liberal, who gets involved with social justice movements, and with whom we actually have some things in common. True, many liberals don't always give anarchist activists the solidarity they should. I think that often times it's simply because they have no idea what we're about, and think we advocate chaos. It's hardly their fault they don't know any better--it's not like we get fair representation in the media and schools. More dialogue, so they can see where we're coming from, might fix that problem.
Re: Right-wing campus network increasing
30 Jan 2005
yes, even a politically conservative state institution with an indifferent student body such as Bridgewater State College, will host right-wing foreign policy expert and author Richard Clarke, sponsored by Student Government.

even without a right-wing network in place on campus, Bridgewater State will gravitate to Clarke's ideas on promoting the Bush agenda without any challenge from the left, whereas; Dr. Howard Zinn lecture a few years ago after 9/11 received no attention or it was criticized for being too progressive.

this demonstrates how the left needs to step up the mobilizations and ideological campaign in order to hold on to its victories and win more in the future on college campuses.
Re: Right-wing campus network increasing
31 Jan 2005
whoops, made a mistake Clarke isn't the person i was thinking of instead he was criticized for speaking out against the Bush administration and the 9/11 report....
Re: Right-wing campus network increasing
01 Feb 2005
Actually, most conservative students couldn't care less what you do.
Re: Right-wing campus network increasing
01 Feb 2005
Just 1 question; How can you look at all the Noam Chomskys, Howard Zinna, Nicholas DeGenovas and Ward Churchills who dominate American academia and say that the idea of a far left or even liberal university is a lie? Or are all of you such hard core, die hard leftwing extremists that that Noam Chomsky is too rightwing for you? If that's the case, then I can only feel sorry for you, because you live in a country where most people think Hillary Clinton is too leftwing for them. I can't comprehend the average working class American, the people you claim to advocate, ever sympathizing with you.
Re: Right-wing campus network increasing
02 Feb 2005
"Actually, most conservative students couldn't care less what you do" - the foundations supported by Horowitz care enough to finance right-wing causes in order to control debate.

"Just 1 question; How can you look at all the Noam Chomskys, Howard Zinna, Nicholas DeGenovas and Ward Churchills who dominate American academia and say that the idea of a far left or even liberal university is a lie? Or are all of you such hard core, die hard leftwing extremists that that Noam Chomsky is too rightwing for you? If that's the case, then I can only feel sorry for you, because you live in a country where most people think Hillary Clinton is too leftwing for them. I can't comprehend the average working class American, the people you claim to advocate, ever sympathizing with you."

my experience in academia has been void of progressive scholars such as Howard Zinn, who i had to search out in my interest in progressive history, as not just a game of trivia, but as a history of the struggle of common people against power.

if anything academia is moderate in promoting history as a tool for practice.

zinn was attacked by the faculty of bsc for being too progressive when he spoke.

"I can't comprehend the average working class American, the people you claim to advocate, ever sympathizing with you." - in American History since World War II class today, we learned about how it was the "New Deal" of FDR's administration that created the welfare state, however; in actuality; it was a people's coalition that won victories for labor, minorties, etc. by pushing forward the struggle that the right-wing and conservatives continue to turn back to this day...
Re: Right-wing campus network increasing
02 Feb 2005
Unfortunately, the left doesn't dominate the American academy. There are certainly some fields where there is a strong left-wing presence--sociology, English, cultural studies, women studies, etc. Even in some of those fields, I don't think the left-wing presence is dominant. The sociology department where I'm getting my PhD (BC) is certainly flamingly left, but it's exceptional (and we do have one conservative faculty member). But that department is an exception--most sociology departments are marked by a bland, somewhat apolitical liberalism--a sort of default politics, not something with an activist focus. Sure, most departments probably have their token radical, but he or she is typically a lone voice. The same seems to be true of English as well, based on what a former roommate of mine, who was getting a Master's in English, told me. Women's studies, cultural studies, and some of those other departments are admittedly a different story, because the fields were leaning by left-leaning academics. While I think these footholds in the academy of underrepresented voices are important, I think conservatives overestimate their impact. First off, most radical academics are disconnected with the social movements that claim to sympathize with, writing specialized articles and books for other academics (sometimes in highly arcane Marxist, post-structuralist or postmodernist jargon) that is not going to do people in the streets any good. This is not to say that academics shouldn't write things that are mainly for other scholars, but when that's all people are doing, they're not really contributing to a larger movement. (And, in case you hadn't guessed, I'm highly critical of this trend in academia--a trend re-inforced by the increasingly stringent demands for cranking out large numbers of academic publications if you want to get tenure.) Left-wing academics like Chomsky and Zinn who focus on writing for a popular audience are the exception, not the rule, among radical academics. While departments like cultural and women's studies may embrace radical ideas, they really don't have an impact off campus. It's not just social movements either. If policy-makers pay any attention to the social sciences, it's mainly to economists--and the field of economics is dominated by highly vocal conservatives. Or haven't you noticed all the "free market" policies being implemented by Congress and the White House (including under Clinton)? And, while left-wing academics may be noticeable voices on campus, they are not usually in positions of much influence or power on campus. Indeed, colleges and universities are increasingly becoming pro-corporate in their policies in any number of ways. There is an increasing trend towards outsourcing service work, like janitors and kitchen staff, to subcontractors, a move that reduces the pay and benefits available to those working. Clerical and secretarial staff are also increasingly getting laid off and seeing their wages and benefits reduced. Even the faculty themselves are not immune from this trend--there is an increasing use of hiring adjunct faculty (basically academic temps), instead of hiring people for full-time, tenure track positions. The only people who aren't hurting are (not so shockingly) the administrators who make these decisions, who--like CEOs--are boosting their own paychecks as they make cuts elsewhere. Corporate funding is also becoming increasingly important in colleges and universities. Much medical research at colleges and universities, for instance, is done on behalf of biotech firms. The contracts often include gag clauses, which allows the companies to suppress findings they don't like. Even when this isn't the case, there is a certain psychology to relying on corporations for your research funding--you don't want to risk alienating your funders, or else you might not be able to get the money to do any research in the future, which leads people (often unconsciously) to come up with certain sorts of findings that please their sponsors. In the social sciences, there is a similar problem with money from foundations for research, though it is less acute. And there's still plenty of military money going into academic research, both physics and biology (think BU's bioterror lab), in the hopes of finding more ways to slaughter large numbers of people. The idea that the left has taken over academia comes from taking a few limited successes by the left in the academy and blowing them enitrely out of proportion. Much as I wish it were so, the left has not taken over the academy, but remains marginal.
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