Here’s a question for you. When the Democratic-Socialists of America want to tap writers to fill the pages of the group’s quarterly magazine publication, Democratic Left, where do you think they go?
Answer: The nation’s colleges and universities. And boy-oh-boy. It’s a wellspring out there.
From the Fall 2012 issue of Democratic Left, the self-described “publication of the Democratic Socialists of America,” comes all this:
* An essay entitled, Can the Unions Survive? Can the Left Have a Voice? By Nelson Lichtenstein, whose biography at the end of the article lists him as a history teacher at the University of California, Santa Barbara.
* An article, Triple Jeopardy: Women Lose Public Sector Services, Jobs and Union Rights, by Mimi Abramovitz, a professor of social policy at the Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College, CUNY.
* A book review on John Nichols’ Uprising: How Wisconsin Renewed the Politics of Protest, from Wisconsin to Wall Street, by Maurice Isserman. Isserman teaches American history at Hamilton College.
* Another book review on Frank Nardacke’s Trampling Out the Vintage: Cesar Chavez and the Two Souls of the United Farm Workers, by Duane Campbell, who is a professor of bilingual and multicultural education at California State University-Sacramento. Campbell’s a favored DSA author; he has another book review published in the Democratic Left’s Spring 2012 edition, as well as an essay opposing education cuts in California in the Spring 2010 edition.
Move to the Summer 2012 edition:
Joseph M. Schwartz, national vice-chair of DSA and political science teacher at Temple University, writes on the 2012 elections: Tragic Dilemmas, Left Possibilities. And Frances Fox Piven and Cornell West – the former, a political science professor at The Graduate Center at City College of New York, and the latter, a professor of African American studies at Princeton and of Christian studies at Union Theological Seminary – publish their remarks from The Left Forum in New York City in March.
The previous edition, Spring 2012, featured Norman Birnbaum, professor emeritus at Georgetown University Law School, writing an article, Asocial Europe, along with two student contributions: Beth Cozzolino wrote on the occupy movement as an activist for Temple University; Phillip Logan wrote on the growing acceptance of socialism among the younger generation as an activist voice for Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio.
In Spring 2010, came a piece from Stephen Shalom, political science professor at William Paterson University in New Jersey, on the death of Howard Zinn – a socialist-minded professor himself, who taught at Spelman College and Boston University. In Summer 2006 was piece from Ralph Lewis, professor of sociology at the University of Chicago, on controlling the direction of America’s immigration policy. And go as far back to Fall 2001, and there’s a piece from Alice Kessler-Harris, professor of history at Columbia University, called Economic Citizenship: The Next Battle?
That’s all just a quick and random sampling. Doubtless one could go through each edition, as posted online, and uncover even greater socialist injection into America’s higher places of learning. The point is this: You won’t find a free-market argument written by the likes of Ann Coulter or Mark Stein or Cal Thomas within the pages of this magazine. The pages of the Democratic Left are reserved for those writers who only put forth an agenda touted by the Democratic-Socialists – the largest group of admitted Socialist Party true believers in the nation. The fact that the magazine’s written to a great degree by our country’s college professors only gives further evidence to what conservatives have argued for years: Our institutions of higher learning have been usurped by radical leftists with unpatriotic political leanings.
Parents take note. Today’s college experience, along with its promise of opening eyes and expanding minds, may mean something entirely unexpected, unwanted -- even downright dangerous.
But see for yourself : http://www.dsausa.org/dl/index.html