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9/11 and the Universities: The Academic Right Strikes Back – Postscript

Over a year after 9/11, and exactly a year after the passage of the USA PATRIOT Act, Kristine McNeil in The Nation Magazine (1) reported that it had brought “an ever-growing enemies list from our nation’s thought police.” It started … Continue reading

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9/11 and the Universities: The Ideology of ACTA

The mission of the American Council of Trustees and Alumni, published on their website, is as “a nonprofit educational organization committed to academic freedom, excellence and accountability on college and university campuses. It supports programs and policies that encourage high … Continue reading

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9/11 and the Universities: The Origins of ACTA

Who is ACTA? The American Council of Trustees and Alumni was one of the leading conservative groups waging attacks on the universities. It had ties to powerful right wing ideologues and funded by their foundations. With their money and power … Continue reading

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9/11 and the Universities: The ACTA Blacklist – Bringing the War Home

Another group to denounce the crack of dissent emerging on college campuses in the aftermath of September 11th was the American Council of Trustees and Alumni, or ACTA. Founded by right wing culture warrior Lynne Cheney, the wife of then … Continue reading

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9/11 and the Universities: The Sick Mind of David Horowitz

Right after 9/11 many social justice minded people conducted teach-ins on hundreds of campuses across the United States. David Horowitz got really riled about this. For David Horowitz, an ex-left wing activist turned ultra-right attack dog, it was his chance … Continue reading

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9/11 and the Universities: Campus Responses and Reactions

Along with the attacks against foreign students, academics themselves became targets in the aftermath of the September 11 attacks by right wing forces. Academics and activists at universities were not only being shouted down, but given a mantra about that … Continue reading

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9/11 and the Universities: The Growth of the Right Wing

One thing that happened after the attacks of September 11th was that the political Right became more empowered. The Christian Right and the neoconservatives became more influential with George W. Bush and his ideological cabinet in power. Let’s remember the … Continue reading

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