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Thread #62901   Message #1651739
Posted By: Amos
19-Jan-06 - 06:52 PM
Thread Name: BS: Popular Views of the Bush Administration
Subject: RE: BS: Popular Views of the Bush Administration
From the U.K. Guardian:

Three UCLA Board Members Resign

Thursday January 19, 2006 9:32 AM

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A former congressman is among three people who have quit the advisory board of a conservative alumni group at the University of California, Los Angeles, after it offered students money to police professors accused of pushing liberal views.

Former Rep. James Rogan, a Republican who served two terms, sent an e-mail Wednesday to Andrew Jones, head of the Bruin Alumni Association, saying he didn't want his name connected to the group.

``I am uncomfortable to say the least with this tactic,'' Rogan wrote in his e-mail. ``It places students in jeopardy of violating myriad regulations and laws.''

Rogan's resignation follows those of Harvard historian Stephan Thernstrom and UCLA professor emeritus Jascha Kessler, who both quit the board once they learned of the group's activities.

The group has been offering students up to $100 to supply tapes and notes from classes to expose professors suspected of pushing liberal political views on their students.

Jones, 24, a 2003 graduate and former head of the campus Republican group, said he was concerned about the level of professionalism among teachers at the university.

``We're just trying to get people back on a professional level of things,'' Jones told The Los Angeles Times.

Targeted professors have likened the effort to a witch-hunt.

``Any sober, concerned citizen would look at this and see right through it as a reactionary form of McCarthyism,'' said education professor Peter McLaren, whom the association named as No. 1 on its ``The Dirty Thirty: Ranking the Worst of the Worst.''

Well, what's next? Blacklisting Pete Seeger and "liberal" actors in Hollywood? Charging professors of evolution with sedition? We are on a fling of Joe Mcarthy's nightmares, aren't we? I guess those who don't understand history -- even if they majored in it -- are doomed to dramatize it.