Horowitz's center

Doug Henwood dhenwood at panix.com
Wed Mar 3 09:26:10 PST 1999

T. C. Frank wrote:

>The story on Horowitz's latest doings cited him as a director of the
>"Center for the Study of Popular Culture." Anybody know what this is or
>what they do?

Well they've got a website (who doesn't these days? even the Baffler does now) at <http://www.cspc.org/>. The front page has an ad for the Matt Drudge legal defense fund, a promo for a talk (more likely a scream) by CNBC's Chris Matthews, and links to their legal arm (the Individual Rights Foundation, which aims to protect us against the "growing threat to constitutional rights"), their Magazine (Heterodoxy, "a monthly journal of 'articles and animadversions on political correctness and other follies'"), their Second Thoughts pamphlet series (evidently third and fourth thoughts are ruled out once you reach the pinnacle of right-wing enlightenment, and their Wednesday Morning Club (in support of "diversity of thought and expression within the entertainment community," which no doubt means encouraging more attention to the political philosophy of Charlton Heston).

On the site are some Horowitz delights: a defense of Christopher Hitchens <http://www.frontpagemag.com/dh/default.htm>; an exposure of Betty Friedan as a communist <http://www.frontpagemag.com/dh/dh01-19-99.htm>; and a denunciation of the "postmodern" professoriat <http://www.frontpagemag.com/dh/dh01-31-99.htm>, which dismisses Edward Said's work as "warmed-over Marxist claptrap," and a bunch of respectable liberals as agents of the Red conspiracy, which all pomo bashers should read, if only to discover that to the likes of Horowitz, David Montgomery, Jacques Derrida, and Angela Davis are (red) peas in a pod.


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