My Liveblog from Horowitz's Speech
Also, these are just my immediate observations during the event. I will post my analysis and reactions as soon as I can.
6:55 - I just overheard someone say, "Don't you think it would be fun to be a conservative here?" Yes, yes it is.
7:09 - Protesters are inside now, chanting very loud.
7:12 - They're delaying his speech with their chanting.
7:16 - There's something Orwellian about chanting "free speech" in order to drown out someone else.
7:20 - I will give the protesters credit, their presence is much more obnoxious than when we host John Ashcroft.
7:21 - I talked with a woman who was a part of College Republicans in Wisconsin, she said when Horowitz visited they were spit on.
7:23 - Some of the older conservatives are very upset and demanding that the protesters be thrown out for their third violation. (It's way past 3.)
7:24 - The younger conservatives are less irritated, but we are becoming less amused as it goes on.
7:25 - Horowitz says he has never personally called for a liberal professor to be fired. They say he is still guilty for providing "ammunition."
7:25 - Horowitz reminds them that there is a Q&A section if they want to rant at him, but apparently they don't want to wait.
7:27 - The protesters keep making snippy remarks and overlaughing. Someone goes "hur hur hur." It made me laugh.
7:30 - The talk just got completely shut down. Now they're talking about ejecting the protesters.
7:31 - "Who's the censor now?!" They're chanting. Well... aren't they guilty of censorship?
7:31 - An uneasy quiet just went over the room.
7:33 - He says he has no objection to Marxists teaching at a University, provided that they do it professionally.
7:34 - He says, "I think teachers should teach students how to think, not what to think."
7:36 - "Students are presented with political doctrine as if it is the truth."
7:37 - "A teacher is obligated not to indoctrinate his or her students."
7:40 - A protester just said something about the Iraq War. Seriously?! I guess no matter what the issue is liberals are right because of the Iraq War.
7:41 - Horowitz said he read countless Marxist and socialist literature, and never once read a chapter on how to develop wealth.
7:42 - Someone shouted, "How many people are unemployed now?"
7:42 - Third strike. (Officially.) They were told that any further disruption will result in removal and possibly arrest and academic discipline.
7:45 - "I have an objection if a University claims to honor the principles of academic freedom if it indoctrinates students."
7:46 - A lot of protesters are leaving. Looks like their fun is over if they can't chant like sheep.
7:47 - "The students who suffer most in such an academic setting are the liberal and left-wing students."
7:49 - "If you teach Marxism in a university as if it is Newtonian physics, you are guilty of indoctrination."
7:51 - "How many of you hear have been taught that gender is a social construct?" - "Because it IS," one girl interjects.
7:51 - Hopefully that girl means "gender roles" are social constructs, because there are clearly identifiably biological differences for gender.
7:52 - A pic of the protesters from earlier: http://i40.tinypic.com/2nlzi9j.jpg
7:53 - Of course, the protesters have calmed down a bit now: http://i42.tinypic.com/6p86cn.jpg
7:56 - If you believe sexual hierarchy is so prevalent, why have three of the last four Secretaries of State been women?
7:57 - If you believe the racial hierarchy is so prevalent, then why is the most powerful man in the world black?
7:57 - Now he's talking about Oprah Winfrey, who is the only person that can make any book a bestseller by recommending it. (Something I loathe.)
7:58 - He describes Oprah as the most powerful figure in the private sector. He's probably right.
7:59 - He mentions that Oprah has all this power and respect over an audience that has largely never been to any sort of "sensitivity training."
8:00 - One girl among the protesters was briefly crying.
8:03 - He just said that some of the classes teach that we're a, "racist, sexist, classist, homophobic society." Someone murmured, "True that."
8:08 - "Cornel's CD is a watershed in the history of rap recording." A quote from Cornel West's brother. LALS.
8:08 - "Cornel West has not written a scholarly paper in 20 years."
8:09 - I wish he had mentioned Richard Thompson Ford, my personal favorite black intellectual.
8:11 - Horowitz says that it's a shame to blacks that jokes like West are held up while real black scholars are ignored. Amen.
8:12 - He mentioned one class titled "Great Religious Thinkers" which included scholars such as... Tupac Shakur.
8:13 - "I was called a racist for objecting to a black professor who was an idiot." (Referring to the professor he criticized for including Tupac.)
8:23 - Marxism doesn't work because "you can't get someone to work for somebody else the way they work for themselves."
8:25 - "We can't all think if we're just going to chant together." Loud applause after that statement by Horowitz.
8:26 - Q&A time. Our fearless leader Mike Garcia is defining for people where the line starts.
8:27 - The line looks mostly filled with crazies. Should be fun.
8:27 - "Marxism is a church itself."
8:29 - Someone from the Daily Texan is here to ask a question.
8:31 - He brought up the example of a military hierarchy having mobility while still being a hierarchy to explain the positions of Oprah and Obama.
8:34 - He said women control most of the wealth in America, and they yelled "Fact check" at him.
8:35 - Here's the fact check: "Women control 51.3 percent of the private wealth in the United States." http://tinyurl.com/2vvyne
8:36 - Oh snap! Dana Cloud is about to ask a question. She is a professor he has written about previously.
8:36 - He said, "Lets give Dana Cloud a hand." Very polite.
8:50 - Speech is over now.