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Tenured, Yes. Radical, My Ass.

Posted on | December 29, 2012 | 11 Comments

“Weapons are my business. You name it and I know it: guns, bombs, gas, fire, knives and everything else. . . . .
“Are we dupes? Do the Red Pansies want to destroy us? If not, why do they mock all we believe in?”

“Raoul Duke” (Hunter S. Thompson), “The Police Chief: The Professional Voice of Law Enforcement,” Scanlan’s Monthly, June 1970, collected in The Great Shark Hunt: Strange Tales from a Strange Time

You might think that anyone claiming to be “radical” would love guns with the quasi-religious fervor of Raoul Duke. After all, when the toiling masses rise up to overthrow the bourgeois imperialist oppressors, it might be handy for the revolutionary comrades to have a few weapons.

Quite the opposite attitude prevails, however, among the tame and toothless intelligentsia of our contemporary Left, whose only ambition is to secure a place for themselves within the bureaucracies of the status quo. Witness the “argument” of Claire B. Potter, Professor of History at The New School for Public Engagement, writing the “Tenured Radical” column at the Chronicle of Higher Education:

Conservative backers of the odious gun lobby are determined to divert our attention from the 27 dead in Newtown CT using familiar tactics: accuse someone else! Brilliant. This time the perp in question is an (unarmed) history professor, who has been accused of inciting violence against Bizarro NRA prez Wayne LaPierre (who presumably is armed to the teeth.)
Go here for the story of right wing media attacks on Erik Loomis, University of Rhode Island history proffie and fellow blogger at Lawyers, Guns and Money, as narrated by the gang at Crooked Timber blog. Loomis’s weapon of choice was his Twitter account, through which he tweeted his desire to have LaPierre’s “head on a stick” after the Newtown school massacre.
As we all know, however, the blog is mightier than the Bushmaster. CT‘s efforts helped to galvanize a letter-writing protest campaign to the URI administration, who was cowering in the corner and had seemed willing to throw Loomis (who, according to this rightwing blogger, tweeted variations of the word “f**k” a lot, but the last time I looked that was also protected speech unless you shout “f**k” in a crowded bed) under the bus.

All of which is wonderfully snide, but is merely an evasion of the question: Who is to blame for the Newtown massacre?

Who is trying “to divert our attention” from the actual culprit, namely the Creepy Little Weirdo who clearly should have been locked away at the kook farm long ago? It wasn’t Wayne LaPierre and “the odious gun lobby” who pulled the trigger, was it?

It was the ACLU, not the NRA, which insisted on de-institutionalizing the mentally ill. So why — other than their purely partisan desire to play “Pin the Tail on the Right-Wing Bad Guy” — is the Left now claiming that the Newtown massacre is a story about gun control, and that any other discussion is deliberately off-topic?

Never mind the specific issue at hand, however: In what sense is Professor Potter “radical” vis-a-vis the Obama Age? Where is there in her attitude anything revolutionary? Her “specialties are feminism, political history and cultural criticism,” and she directs us to a curriculum vitae that includes these titles:

What kind of weak-kneed intellectual drivel is this, Professor? Where do we see here any call for Revolutionary Action by the Toiling Masses?

“Death to the Fascist Insect That Preys Upon the Life of the People!” — that, my friends, is genuine radicalism, not a bunch of timid academic maundering in Women’s Review of Books.

When the revolution comes, these establishmentarian poseurs will be dealt with in summary fashion. They’ll be lucky if the Dictatorship of the Proletariat even bothers to give them “show trials” before they are taught that political power grows out of the barrel of a gun.



11 Responses to “Tenured, Yes. Radical, My Ass.”

  1. Kevin Trainor Jr.
    December 29th, 2012 @ 4:12 pm

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  2. M. Thompson
    December 29th, 2012 @ 4:30 pm

    Professors are only “radical” until their meal tickets are threatened.

    Then, they just become totalitarians.

  3. jsn2
    December 29th, 2012 @ 6:02 pm

    Apparently the radical lesbian professor Claire Potter is a professor of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender History. In other words she’s a lesbian with chip on her shoulder. (1)She should be relieved of her job, it has no redeeming social value and (2)It would serve us all better if someone set up a Lesbian MMA fight club so these wackos could relieve themselves of the hate they carry for heterosexuals.

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  5. robertstacymccain
    December 29th, 2012 @ 6:56 pm

    “Lesbian MMA fight club”? What, the WNBA isn’t violent enough for you?
    One would think that the limited demand for Women’s Studies majors — to say nothing of LGBT History majors — would eventually put these people out of business, but then again, rent-seeking and lavish federal subsidies probably protect them from actual market forces.

  6. gerardv
    December 29th, 2012 @ 9:04 pm

    The cliche of the universe: “I am Claire B. Potter, Professor of History at The New School for Public Engagement, New York, NY. My specialties are feminism, political history and cultural criticism.”

    And the haircut! A walking embodiment of Lesbian Bed Death.

  7. Steve Skubinna
    December 29th, 2012 @ 9:37 pm

    These college professors talk tough, don’t they? Sometimes when they talk about violent revolution I think they really mean actual omelets and real eggs.

  8. M. Thompson
    December 30th, 2012 @ 1:07 am

    I’m just imagining the earnings from PPV.

  9. SDN
    December 30th, 2012 @ 5:08 am

    Stacey, the biggest fan of the 2nd Amendment I ever knew was a lady named Leslie Fish. An actual card-carrying member of the IWW, she and I agreed on the RKBA, and that was her reason: the poor need weapons to fight the Revolution.

    She actually recorded an album of pro 2nd songs, a href=””>Lock and Load.

    She also had a sticker on her guitar case: The ultimate Feminine Protection: 9mm for light days, .44 for heavy days.

  10. Steve Skubinna
    December 30th, 2012 @ 6:40 am

    That sticker makes a lot more sense than “This machine kills fascists.” I greatly regret that nobody bothered asking Woody Guthrie how many fascists his guitar had bagged. He could have rounded to the nearest hundred.

    Regarding 2A advocates, there is a gay and lesbian group called the Pink Pistols. I have not so far heard of any calls for their massacre along with the NRA. On the other hand, most of the intelligentsia is likely unaware of their existence, gays and lesbians being mandatory lefties just like Blacks and women.

  11. Delaney Coffer
    December 30th, 2012 @ 8:10 am

    One is left to wonder what other civil rights such leftist bags of dogshit find “odious”.