Communism & Progressivism

Paul  Kengor

Paul Kengor is professor of political science at Grove City College, where he is also executive director of the college’s think-tank, the Center for Vision & Values. He is also a visiting fellow at the Hoover Institution. He is often quoted in major publications, from the Los Angeles Times to the Chronicle of Higher Education to the Washington Post, plus foreign publications ranging from the Irish Times to Pravda. His articles have appeared in numerous publications from across the ideological spectrum, from the New York Times to USA Today to the Wall Street Journal, and in religious publications ranging from Christianity Today to the National Catholic Register to Jewish World Review. Dr. Kengor has published major articles in top refereed, scholarly-academic journals, such as Political Science Quarterly and Presidential Studies Quarterly.

In 2012, he will be releasing two major books. One is the first and only profile of Frank Marshall Davis, mentor to Barack Obama, and a pro-Soviet member of Communist Party USA (card no. 47544), based on declassified FBI files and Soviet and Communist Party USA archives. The second book, for which he is co-editor, is titled, Reagan in a World Transformed, 1989-2012, and will be published by Harvard University Press.

Paul Kengor’s most recent book is Dupes: How America’s Adversaries Have Manipulated Progressives for a Century (ISI Books, 2010). Based on extensive Soviet archival research, particularly the Comintern Archives on Communist Party USA, the book examines the exploitation of American liberals/progressives by communists beginning in the early 20th century. Among Kengor’s recent books is a major work on Ronald Reagan’s role in undermining the Soviet Union, titled, The Crusader: Ronald Reagan and the Fall of Communism (HarperPerennial), which has been translated into several languages. His other books include The Judge: William P. Clark, Ronald Reagan’s Top Hand (Ignatius) and the best-seller God and Ronald Reagan (HarperCollins), among several others.

The film rights for Kengor’s two books, The Crusader and God and Ronald Reagan, were purchased by MJM Group. The books are the basis for a major Hollywood “bio-pic” on the life and presidency of Ronald Reagan, titled, Reagan: The Movie, scheduled for release in late 2012.

Kengor has appeared on most major television networks and hundreds of radio talk-shows. He does a regular commentary for Moody Broadcasting, American Radio Journal, and EWTN Radio.

Kengor is a frequent public speaker, with venues that include the Ronald Reagan Library, the National Press Club, the Heritage Foundation, American Enterprise Institute, the Gerald R. Ford Library, the University of Virginia’s Miller Center, the National Presbyterian Church, and numerous colleges, ranging from the University of Virginia to the College of William & Mary.

Kengor has served on the editorial board of Presidential Studies Quarterly, the flagship academic publication on the presidency. He is nationally known for his work on the American presidency. In 2009, he was one of a select group of presidential scholars to participate in C-SPAN’s highly regarded ranking of American presidents, a follow up to C-SPAN’s popular 2000 survey.

Kengor received his doctorate from the University of Pittsburgh’s Graduate School of Public and International Affairs and his master’s degree from American University’s School of International Service. He also holds an honorary doctorate from Franciscan University (Steubenville, Ohio). He and his wife, Susan, have six children.

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Topics: American Presidents Communism & Progressivism Conservative Thought Traditional Values



David  Horowitz

David Horowitz was one of the founders of the New Left in the 1960s and an editor of its largest magazine, Ramparts. He is the author, with Peter Collier, of three best selling dynastic biographies: The Rockefellers: An American Dynasty (1976); The Kennedys: An American Dream (1984); and The Fords: An American Epic (1987). Looking back in anger at their days in the New Left, he and Collier wrote Destructive Generation (1989), a chronicle of their second thoughts about the 60s that has been compared to Whittaker Chambers’ Witness and other classic works documenting a break from totalitarianism. Horowitz examined this subject more closely in Radical Son (1996), a memoir tracing his odyssey from “red-diaper baby” to conservative activist that George Gilder described as “the first great autobiography of his generation.”

Horowitz continued his chronicle of the consequences of radical politics in The Politics of Bad Faith (2000), Hating Whitey (2000), Left Illusions (2003), and The Party of Defeat (2008). His Art of Political War (2000) was described by White House political strategist Karl Rove as “the perfect guide to winning on the political battlefield.” Unholy Alliance (2004) was a prophetic work pioneering the view that the Islamo Fascists are working hand in glove with the secular left.

In 1988, Horowitz created the Center for the Study of Popular Culture (CSPC) — renamed by its board of directors the David Horowitz Freedom Center (DHFC) in July 2006 — to institutionalize his campaigns against the Left and its anti-Americanism. The DHFC’s mission is to defend the principles of individual freedom, the rule of law, private property, and limited government.  It further seeks to defend free societies in the war against their enemies, and to reestablish academic freedom in American schools.  The DHFC is supported by 100,000 contributors and publishes FrontpageMagazine.com,  an online magazine featuring articles on “the war at home and abroad,” which receives approximately a million visitors per month. Another DHFC website, DiscoverTheNetworks.org, is an encyclopedia of the political Left and its networks.

Horowitz has devoted much of his attention over the past several years to the radicalization of the American university In 2003, he launched an academic freedom campaign to return the American university to traditional principles of open inquiry and to halt indoctrination in the classroom. To further these goals he devised an Academic Bill of Rights to protect students from abusive professors. In the same year Horowitz founded Students for Academic Freedom (SAF), which now has chapters on 200 college campuses. Asserting that, “You can’t get a good education if they’re only telling you half the story,” Horowitz called for inquiries into political bias in the hiring of faculty and the appointment of commencement speakers.

In three years Horowitz’s campaign for academic freedom was able to make intellectual diversity and academic freedom front-burner issues on college campuses across the country. In June 2005, in direct response to his campaign, the American Council on Education, which represents 2000 colleges and universities, called on its members to create grievance procedures for students who were politically harassed by their professors. In July 2005 the Pennsylvania House of Representatives voted 111-87 to create a Select Committee on Academic Freedom, which then held hearings throughout the state, which lasted until June 2006. On July 19, 2006, the Temple University board of trustees adopted a new policy, which gave students academic freedom rights – the first university to do so.

Horowitz has chronicled the radicalization of the American university and the way indoctrination has replaced education in four books: Uncivil Wars (2003); The Professors: the 101 Most Dangerous Academics in America (2006)Indoctrination U. (2008);  One Party Classroom (2009) and most recently Reforming Our Universities (2010).

Cultural critic Camille Paglia has said of David Horowitz: “I respect the astute and rigorously unsentimental David Horowitz as one of America’s most original and courageous political analysts. . . . As a scholar who regularly surveys archival material, I think that, a century from now, cultural historians will find David Horowitz’s spiritual and political odyssey paradigmatic for our time.”

Norman Podhoretz, former editor of Commentary magazine, says of Horowitz: “He differs from some of the other ‘second-thoughts’ gene

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Topics: Academic Freedom Communism & Progressivism Education Foreign Policy Israel Radical Islam



Humberto  Fontova

Humberto Fontova is a columnist and the author of five books including Exposing the Real Che Guevara and Helldivers Rodeo. His books have been published worldwide and translated into five languages. One was optioned for a Reality TV hunting/fishing show titled "Humberto's Revenge." Fontova is a frequent commentator on Che Guevara mythology and Latin America matters for the national media including FoxNews, GlennBeck TV and CNN. His weekly columns appear on Townhall, Frontpage Magazine and several other conservative publications. More details and videos on website:  www.hfontova.com

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Topics: Communism & Progressivism Energy and the Environment Foreign Policy



Larry  Schweikart

Larry Schweikart, born in Arizona, graduated of Arizona State University, at which point he went on the road for several years with rock bands, opening for groups such as Steppenwolf and Savoy Brown. He had an abrupt change of career in the mid-1970s, deciding he wanted to be a professional historian, and returned to school, acquiring an MA from Arizona State and a Ph.D. from the University of California Santa Barbara. He has taught for 25 years at the University of Dayton, specializing in business and economic history and technology/war issues.

After publishing numerous scholarly and academic books, he began writing for the commercial popular market and in 2004, with Michael Allen, published the New York Times #1 bestseller, A Patriot’s History of the United States, followed by 48 Liberal Lies About American History and Seven Events that Made America America. He has been a frequent guest on the Glenn Beck show, Fox and Friends, and BOOK TV. He has also appeared on the Tavis Smiley Show, Al-Jazeera Television, and the Rush Limbaugh Show. He ceased drumming in early 2000.

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Topics: Academic Freedom Communism & Progressivism Economics & Capitalism Education