A conservative website is interviewing the Horowitz's 101 Most Dangerous Professors. I responded and think it is apropos as the Ward Churchill inquisition appears to be reaching a censorious climax at the University of Colorado (C.U.)
Professor Peter Kirstein — professor of history, Saint Xavier University.
It was an honour to be included in David Horowitz’s book The Professors in that it validated my efforts to develop and disseminate alternative voices to the power elite’s emphasis on capital accumulation, war, colonialism and racism. His profile of me was reasonably accurate but he did concede on his website a key area of omission.
– – – – – – – – – -I was suspended and reprimanded due to a university president’s desire to pander to the right-wing and demonstrate his solidarity with patriotism-policing organizations and military networks who objected to my e-mail to an Air Force Academy Cadet. My auto-da-fé was not mentioned and Mr Horowitz acknowledged it should have been since he claims to be an advocate and not an opponent of academic freedom. Yet the academy is under assault from the Olin Foundation, Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation and other sources of ideological conformity that wish to purge higher education of progressive faculty.
– – – – – – – – – -Mr Horowitz hopefully will recognize that intellectual diversity is essential and that academia is quite suitable for dissentient opinion and revisionist thinking. Also during war, the passions of conformity are accelerated and it is essential that conservatives show restraint in desiring to silence antiwar, progressive views.
Peter N. Kirstein,
Professor of History
St. Xavier University