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    1A: McCarthyism comes to Harvard -- Why this should alarm us all

    McCarthyism comes to Harvard -- Why this should alarm us all @ Fox News, by Alan Dershowitz, 14 May 2019.

    Interesting changes, these days, at institutions of "higher" learning.


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    Harvard professor loses house dean role after joining Harvey Weinstein defense

    When I was a college student, lawyers who represented Communists would be fired from academic positions. In parts of the South, lawyers who represented civil rights activists were fired. In some areas of the country lawyers who represented men accused of sodomy or women seeking abortions would be fired. Now Harvard College joins this Hall of Shame by firing Professor Ron Sullivan and his wife, Stephanie Robinson from their positions as Co-Deans of Winthrop House because Sullivan decided to represent a man accused of rape. The defendant is the highly controversial Harvey Weinstein, who is presumed innocent and has not yet been tried.

    Many troubling arguments have been offered in defense of the decision not to renew Sullivan’s role as Dean of Winthrop house. The most common – and dangerous – is that students feel “unsafe” around a lawyer who is representing Weinstein.

    Feeling “unsafe” is the new mantra for the new McCarthyism. It is a totally phony argument not deserving of any serious consideration. Any student who feels unsafe in the presence of two distinguished lawyers doesn’t belong at a university. They should leave and not force the firing of the professor. The “unsafe argument” could be made against a dean who is gay, Black, Muslim, Jewish, Republican or libertarian. No credence should be given to the argument, especially since the students apparently did not feel “unsafe” when Sullivan was representing a convicted double murderer ...

    "Safe spaces" in university. If you claim it ... they will come. Come drooling and panting in the need to "protect" you from your fears.

    Unsurprising, despite how appalling and disgusting such behavior (by schools) is.
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    Another example that is less significant, but still interesting: Neil Bruntrager is the the attorney who won acquittals for two St. Louis area police officers who shot black teenagers, including Darren Wilson, who shot Michael Brown in Ferguson. He was recently selected to be the city attorney for Webster Groves in St. Louis County, which is an old, fairly affluent suburb of St. Louis and home to Webster University. The selection created significant protests that almost cost him the position. The protesters only complaint about Bruntrager was that his holding that position "brought up too many unpleasant memories for residents." Keep in mind that Webster is nowhere near Ferguson and was not affected by the riots at all that I know of. Fortunately, the city government did not cave and he is now the city attorney.

    Basically what the left is trying to say is that it is OK for a vocal minority of public opinion to limit someone's attorney choices through intimidation, which basically undermines due process.

    FWIW, St. Louis County now has a new prosecutor and he is being pressured by activist groups to convene a new grand jury for Wilson. Because his case did not get past the grand jury stage, double jeopardy does not apply.

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    Another example that is less significant, but still interesting: Neil Bruntrager is the the attorney who won acquittals for two St. Louis area police officers who shot black teenagers, including Darren Wilson, who shot Michael Brown in Ferguson. He was recently selected to be the city attorney for Webster Groves in St. Louis County, which is an old, fairly affluent suburb of St. Louis and home to Webster University. The selection created significant protests that almost cost him the position. The protesters only complaint about Bruntrager was that his holding that position "brought up too many unpleasant memories for residents." Keep in mind that Webster is nowhere near Ferguson and was not affected by the riots at all that I know of. Fortunately, the city government did not cave and he is now the city attorney.

    Basically what the left is trying to say is that it is OK for a vocal minority of public opinion to limit someone's attorney choices through intimidation, which basically undermines due process.

    FWIW, St. Louis County now has a new prosecutor and he is being pressured by activist groups to convene a new grand jury for Wilson. Because his case did not get past the grand jury stage, double jeopardy does not apply.
    Let's hope he doesn't cave to the mob and reopen the case. Darren Wilson has suffered enough thanks to Michael Brown and his lawlessness.

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    It is similar to McCarthyism in that it is "Guilt by association".

    McCarthy was rooting out communist influences in government, Universities, newspapers, Hollywood etc.

    Apparently; McCarthy was not successful enough. These "influences" infiltrated our public school system quite successfully.

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    McCarthy saw the danger to our Country and its Constitution posed by the spread of Communism. Perhaps he went too far but in retrospect McCarthyism has become a badge of honor in my opinion, but I still believe the American people will get exactly the type of government they deserve. If the Country slips into Socialism, which is the first step to becoming Communist, the fault is with the people, their apathy, their ignorance, their acquiescence.

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