In the last couple of days, I’ve become a target of the neo-conservative attempt to silence academics who don’t subscribe to and propagate neo-conservative views. “Jane,” a commenter on one of my blog posts, tells me that I’m committing treason by indoctrinating my students into my liberal worldview, and that she’s going to turn me over to “every conservative” blog/media outlet in the country so they can “expose” me for what I am.
If you’re one of those neo-conservatives who’s reading the blog in order to find fodder for your claims, you should understand something. I’ve seen how you operate. I’ve seen Horowitz, Ingraham, Coulter and the like fling accusations and innuendo around, hoping to scare people like me into silence. That’s not going to happen.
Instead, I simply refuse, a priori, to respond to accusations that don’t have any evidence to warrant them. Am I a leftist? Yes. Do I love my country? Yes. Do I support revolution in the streets and violent overthrows of governments? No. Do I indoctrinate students? No. Do I believe in democracy in all its forms? Yes, which is why I both expect you to pursue your witch-hunt and support your right to do it.
However, if you spend time posting on your blogs or mine willy-nilly accusations about what you think I must be doing just because of your assumptions about me, those won’t deserve responses.
I’m not the dangerous one here, folks.