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California vs. Academic Freedom

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Submitted by Richard (United States), Mar 31, 2004 at 14:16

More and more you reveal your "hard-right" persona, weakening more and more your useful "anti-Islamist" exposes. More's the pity!

What "leftism" has to do with "Islamism" is beyond me. Your rightings, especially the subject article, never seem to prove anything but a predjudiced anti-leftism. Why don't you write something to firmly connect the two? As House of Bush-House of Saud indicates, the links are between Islamism and the "right.

As a liberal Democrat I have gotten much from your writings and am able to see Islamism as a hard-right phemomenon, anathema to any conception of liberalism. Do you actually see Osama and the Wahabi Saudi's s as liberals, deserving the support of liberals? Waaaassssup?

But, perhaps I am among the blind who just will not see. It seems to me that, as you emerge from your skin, you reveal the hard-rightest snake within within. This article has placed your authority greatly at risk!

Please clean up your act!

A former admirer.
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This article is a critique of the bias of university presses and it has no connection to militant Islam. Put differently, while militant Islam is a major concern of mine, not everything I write should be connected to it; certainly not this column.

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