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Horowitz Center announces name change

LOS ANGELES— Just six weeks after David Horowitz’s Center for the Study of Popular Culture almost made local news by changing its name to the David Horowitz Freedom Center, the organization has announced that yet another name change is in the works.

“The David Horowitz Freedom Center turned out to be a little bit unfortunate,” admitted Board of Directors Chair Jess Morgan.  “For one thing, it suggested to our donors that David had been incarcerated and that we were setting up a foundation to ‘free’ him.  You know, like ‘free Mumia’ or ‘free Bobby Seale.’ That came as something of a surprise to our supporters.”

But that wasn’t the only difficulty with the new Horowitz Center, Morgan reported.  “The other problem was that everybody and her brother is attaching their name to ‘freedom’ these days,” Morgan said.  “If it’s perpetual global war you want, you call yourself a ‘freedom center,’ if it’s the Jews and minorities you’re after, you call yourself a ‘liberty lobby.’ It turns out that even Sheikh Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah has a ‘freedom center’ set up somewhere in Beirut.  So the Horowitz Freedom Center wasn’t nearly as salient or as distinctive as we thought it would be.”

In early July, the Horowitz Center sent out a press release that touted Horowitz’s many accomplishments, noting that

David Horowitz, an important American writer and thinker since the 1960s, has been called “the Left’s most brilliant and articulate nemesis.” He is the author of several books, most recently The Professors, which describes the corruption of American universities by political ideologues. He founded the Center for the Study of Popular Culture in 1988 with the intention of establishing a conservative presence in Hollywood and showing how popular culture had become a political battleground. Under his leadership during the next 18 years, the Center attracted 70,000 contributing supporters and established programs such as:

* The Wednesday Morning Club, a lunch forum that provides a platform in the entertainment and media industry for conservative speakers and ideas [not to be confused with the Tuesday Night Music Club];

* Restoration Weekend, an annual event which has featured national leaders of the conservative movement [not to be confused with the American Renaissance Conference];

* The Individual Rights Foundation, an organization that litigates high-profile conservative and libertarian public interest cases [not to be confused with the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education];

* Students for Academic Freedom, a national coalition of student organizations with chapters on 160 campuses, whose goal is to end the political abuse of the university and restore its academic integrity [not to be confused with Students for a Democratic Society];

* FrontPage Magazine, the Center’s online journal, features “news of the war at home and abroad.” FPM receives 1.5 million visitors and 620,000 unique visitors a month (with 65 million hits) and is linked to more than 2,000 other websites [not to be confused with the Front Magazine Network]; and

* DiscoverTheNetworks.com, launched in 2005, is the largest publicly accessible database, defining the chief groups and individuals of the Left and their organizational interlocks. DTN has had more than 8 million visitors in its first 18 months of operation [not, not, not to be confused with Discover the Nutwork].

“This is a truly impressive array of activities,” said Morgan, “especially if you don’t know what ‘hits’ and ‘links’ are.  We think ‘Freedom Center’ doesn’t really do it justice.  Here, in just one office with David’s legendarily small staff, you get boatload upon boatload of primo-quality wingnuttery at a discount rate.

“Accordingly, we have decided to rename our enterprise The David Horowitz Savings Center.”

Morgan pointed out that The David Horowitz Savings Center combines the madcap fun of Townhall.com, the wacky unpredictability of Tech Central Station, and the glassy-eyed fanaticism of the Club for Growth—all while offering copies of David Horowitz’s books at astonishingly low, low prices.

“We offer David’s new book, The Shadow Party: How George Soros, Hillary Clinton, and Sixties Radicals Seized Control of the Democratic Party and Turned it into the Pot-Smoking, Free-Loving, Private-Property-Abolishing Phenomenon We Know and Hate Today at a forty percent discount,” said Morgan.  “We offer David’s previous book, The Professors: The 101 Most Dangerous Academics in America and How They Seized Control of George Soros, Katie Couric, and Ned Lamont at a thirty percent discount. We’re also offering autographed copies for only $50 and personalized copies for $100.  We’re practically giving away The End of Time for twelve bucks—fifty percent off, just for you, very special. Hating Whitey and Other Progressive Causes is nine dollars. Why Are We in Iraq is $2.05.  These two books we will personally deliver to your house!”

Morgan could not confirm rumors that an extremely rare, “almost error-free” edition of The Professors would be auctioned off to pay for the redesign of the David Horowitz Freedom Savings Center.  “An almost error-free edition of that book would be a real hen’s tooth,” Morgan acknowledged, “and probably almost as valuable, on the open market, as a first edition of Blake’s Songs of Innocence.  I cannot confirm or deny the existence of such an edition at this time.  But hey, listen, while I’ve got you here—if you would be so kind as to take this box of spare copies of Unholy Alliance: How a Radical Son Left His Illusions about the Destructive Generation at the End of Time off my hands, I’d really appreciate it.”

Posted by on 08/17 at 09:12 AM
  1. Is this the version free of grammatical errors or intellectual ones?

    Posted by Bryan  on  08/17  at  10:36 AM
  2. The David Horowitz Savings Center?

    Nah. Sounds like the name of a start-up bank in the new outdoor mall.

    Posted by Bulworth  on  08/17  at  10:54 AM
  3. The very idea of the use of “Horowitz” and “Center” in the same title.

    Posted by  on  08/17  at  11:56 AM
  4. Will it be like Freedomland was? Like, will they burn down Chicago every day at 2 pm?

    Posted by  on  08/17  at  11:58 AM
  5. Nah. Sounds like the name of a start-up bank in the new outdoor mall.

    Actually, just yesterday I believe I drove past a suburban megachurch that called itself a “Savings Center.” They also had waffles.

    Hmm, I hadn’t paid enough attention at the time to the name-change at the former Horowitz 3-D House of Inadequacy and Malice.  I should send them a bill for their new name.  Freedom isn’t free, you know.

    Posted by  on  08/17  at  12:16 PM
  6. “We are changing the name, but not what we do. We will continue to defend the cultural foundations of free institutions and defend freedom at home and abroad, a task that has become a matter of survival now that America is at war.”

    Well thank heavens that somebody is defending freedom, even if it is The Left’s Most Brilliant Nemesis. It’s because of our freedoms that The Brilliant Nemesis is free to undertake his freewheeling defense of freedom in the name of keeping us all free. Feel free to do so Nemesis! I predict great success for his Freedom, er, Savings blog as long as his free-thinking visitors are free to visit his blog for free.

    Posted by  on  08/17  at  01:32 PM
  7. Is this the version free of grammatical errors or intellectual ones?

    It’s just free of misidentifications and misquotes, Bryan.  Let’s not get silly, now.

    Will it be like Freedomland was? Like, will they burn down Chicago every day at 2 pm?

    Not exactly, but they will use a tagline inspired by Freedomland: “The Truth Is Hiding Where No One Dares To Look—At The David Horowitz Savings Center!”

    Hmm, I hadn’t paid enough attention at the time to the name-change at the former Horowitz 3-D House of Inadequacy and Malice.  I should send them a bill for their new name.  Freedom isn’t free, you know.

    Huh.  That just goes to show you—all this time, I hadn’t realized that it was 3-D.  So that’s why David does all that swaying back and forth.

    And yes, the DH Savings Center will have waffles!  Not Belgian waffles—Freedom Waffles!

    Posted by Michael  on  08/17  at  01:35 PM
  8. David Horowitz, an important American writer and thinker since the 1960s, has been called “the Left’s most brilliant and articulate nemesis.”

    OK, so this sounds laughable enough that I did a quick google search on “most brilliant and articulate nemesis”.  There aren’t that many results for the search, but they all reference Horowitz, and they all include qualifiers such as “has been called”, “is described as”, or “likes to be referred to as”. 

    Strangely, I couldn’t find a circumstance where someone actually called him the Left’s most brilliant and articulate nemesis.  Shocking, isn’t it?  Apparently you can slap something like this into your bio without much documentation or support.  Someone making an offhand comment is probably enough.

    Hmmm… come to think of it, would anyone here be kind enough to call me “the second coming of Ken Dryden”?  I’d really appreciate it.

    Posted by Marita  on  08/17  at  01:53 PM
  9. Well, Marita, some have called you the second coming of Ken Dryden.  Some have called U.No. the Left’s most brilliant and articulate nemesis.  Some have called Michael Jackson the King of Pop.  All you have to do is ask nicely!  Through your publicist, that is.

    But that gives me an idea.  Anyone up for another fun Google game like the “Horowitz"+"McCarthy" extravaganza of mid-February?

    Posted by  on  08/17  at  01:59 PM
  10. Hi Marita, I think you’re the second coming of Ken Dryden!

    Michael, I’m reading along, and I says to myself, “self, why don’t you try that fancy ‘link’ sittin’ there all bold ‘n all, for “Liberty Lobby.” So I do. And what’s the first thing I spy with my little eye?

    To meet Wikipedia’s quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup.

    Hmm, I says to myself, what is our Michael, the Nemesis of DH, the left’s most articulate Nemesis—and thus Nemesis to the second power!—doing sending us to pages that don’t even meet Wikipedia’s exalted standards? (I’m thinking of requiring my students to use only Wikipedia from now on, so high are their “quality standards”!)

    Then it hit me, upon reading the following:

    Francis Parker Yockey, who was one of a handful of esoteric post-WWII writers who revered Adolf Hitler. Yockey, writing under the pseudonym of Ulick Varange, wrote a book entitled Imperium, which Willis Carto adopted as his own guiding ideology.

    Our Michael, using the sort of computer skills that enabled him to hack the Lieberman campaign website on primary day (oops! am I allowed to say that?), has hacked Wikipedia, in order to send coded messages to JK Rowling, proposing plot twists and character names for HP7. But I think these are a little over the top. I mean, come on now, “Francis Parker Yockey”? Yucky, more like it! And “Ulick Varange”? You lick what? “Willis Carto”? Okay, I’m stuck here, but something silly or scatological can be made of that name too, I’m sure of it.

    Posted by John Protevi  on  08/17  at  02:09 PM
  11. But that gives me an idea.  Anyone up for another fun Google game like the “Horowitz"+"McCarthy" extravaganza of mid-February?

    I could take a stab at this:

    “brilliant and articulate” + Horowitz = 131 results
    “sorry old fraud” + Horowitz = 410 results

    Based on this, Mr. Horowitz must be roughly three times more sorry and fraudulent than he is brilliant and articulate.

    Of course, we’ve recently been informed that Google is evil, so it may just be another liberal plot to discredit the great minds of the Right.

    Posted by Marita  on  08/17  at  02:11 PM
  12. Ah, but “brilliant and articulate” plus “David Horowitz” yields only 96 hits. We can’t let David skate by on the brillianthood and articulousity of other Horowitzes!

    Posted by John Protevi  on  08/17  at  02:15 PM
  13. David Horowitz and freedom waffles garnered 40,600 hits. Evidently that promo is a winner.

    Posted by  on  08/17  at  02:18 PM
  14. Hmm, I says to myself, what is our Michael, the Nemesis of DH, the left’s most articulate Nemesis—and thus Nemesis to the second power!—doing sending us to pages that don’t even meet Wikipedia’s exalted standards?

    I have a small staff, John.  Also, everything else I found in the course of an exhaustive three-minute search led directly to the Liberty Lobby itself.

    Actually, that’s not true.  You would prefer this link instead?  It’s more “reliable,” if that’s your “thing,” but it fails to mention Ulick Varange, so I decided that Wiki-colorful was more fun than “reliable” here.

    I really want to know who the other 35 brilliant and articulate Horowitzes are.  Vladimir?

    David Horowitz and freedom waffles garnered 40,600 hits. Evidently that promo is a winner.

    I think that was “Jenny McCarthy"+"freedom waffles,” Ed.  But “David Horowitz"+"clown" turns up a solid 26,400.

    Posted by  on  08/17  at  02:35 PM
  15. Sixties Radicals Seized Control of the Democratic Party and Turned it into the Pot-Smoking, Free-Loving, Private-Property-Abolishing Phenomenon We Know and Hate Today

    Their gods know we’ve tried, but really, we anarcho-pirates can’t even organize a good squatting.  And DaHo already knows there is no such thing as free love.

    But in keeping with the spirit of the thread:
    “david horowitz and internet piracy” yields 33K+hits
    while
    “david horowitz as internet pirate” yields 99K+ hits
    so just for sport i put in
    “david horowitz as anarcho-pirate” and only got 134 hits which indicates he clearly (to those who see these sorts of thangs) is not one of “us,” thank his god.

    As for the new name-- DaHoSaC just seems to say more than it needs to about how much manure is embedded within.

    Posted by  on  08/17  at  02:52 PM
  16. Well, apparently at least one of the hits is to a certain “Davis Horowitz,” which some might see as a simply mispelling (or even a misspelling!), but might be in fact one of DH’s clever sock puppets! Better get Patterico on the case!

    As far as the more “reliable” site on the LL, it still yields “Nesta Webster,” which is not quite “Ulick Varange,” but still, almost quasi-pseudo-Rowlingesque!

    Posted by John Protevi  on  08/17  at  03:00 PM
  17. Marita, your idea is already finding strong legal precedent:

    Some have desrcribed the prisoners at Guantanamo as “totally guilty and also incredibly guilty,” and therefore, so it would seem, they are. I love it when things work out.

    Of course it can’t be any old “some,” in this case. Not that Michael is any old “some.” Would it help or hinder if GWB also described you as the second coming of Ken Dryden?

    As for Mr. Horowitz, some have described him as an exceptionally tall person who does not need to appear on stage with a menacing looking goon.

    Posted by  on  08/17  at  03:02 PM
  18. Google, Schmoogle. How 1999.

    A MySpace name search for David Horowitz turns up 21 profiles. Only 8 of them have headlines. These are:

    “This just in.... oh wait, no, sorry, false alarm.” (Pertains to every alarm he raises.)

    “Support local music.....sleep with a drummer!” (Obviously an attempt to get Michael embroiled in some kind of Monicagate.)

    “Fun loving guy” (The kind of thing you say about yourself because others, unaccountably, don’t.)

    “"Porch Monkey 4-Ever. That’s Right I’m taking it back!"” (Further evidence, if any were needed, of an encroaching crise de nerfs.)

    “I’m a dumb townie” (Who wishes he were a smart professor.)

    “Goodness Corner” (Only a corner? We liberals live in Goodness Junction, brah.)

    “Hello out there....” (Trapped. Alone. Sad.)

    “learning” (Be nice if that were true.)

    The remaining 13 profiles have this to say: “”.

    Posted by  on  08/17  at  03:04 PM
  19. What do we make of the fact that “Brylcreem” plus “articulate” plus “Horowitz” yields 13 hits? How unlucky.

    Posted by John Protevi  on  08/17  at  03:08 PM
  20. Now it seems “Brylcreem” plus “arthropod” plus “Horowitz” yields 7 hits, but replace “arthropod” with “crustacean” and you get 14 hits.

    Mmmm. Crustacean. Reminds me of the time Homer Simpson prefered crab juice to Mountain Dew on the “Simpsons visit New York” episode.

    Posted by John Protevi  on  08/17  at  03:15 PM
  21. This can get “étranger.”

    Some of the numerous documented pseudonyms of Willis Carto include: Samuel P. Foner; Frank Tompkins; John Henry; J.W. Young; E.L. Anderson. PhD.  Of course the one that leaps out first is John Henry; he was a man with a big steel hammer, right? How sadly naive of poor Willis to fail to connect the dots between a large former slave and the revolutionary people’s symbol of the hammer and sickle.

    Posted by  on  08/17  at  03:16 PM
  22. “Support local music.....sleep with a drummer!”

    Didn’t we do drummer jokes last year around this time?  Not that they’re ever out of season. . . .

    Posted by Michael  on  08/17  at  03:35 PM
  23. Didn’t we do drummer jokes last year around this time?  Not that they’re ever out of season. . . .

    Aren’t you a little . . . early with that comment, Michael? You and your . . . offbeat sense of humor.

    Ba-dum-bump.

    Posted by  on  08/17  at  03:38 PM
  24. So that’s why David does all that swaying back and forth.

    Is there any pop cultural reference that gets past you, Professor?  (Admittedly, America’s Second City was located near UI, but still...) No, don’t answer that.  The choice would be between false humility and disturbingly correct admissions of omniscience, and it’s only Thursday.

    David Horowitz and freedom waffles garnered 40,600 hits. Evidently that promo is a winner.

    You’re welcome.  (Yes, I’ll blatantly take credit for getting the now-infamous “Waffle Meme” going.  I lack omniscience and shame.)

    Posted by  on  08/17  at  04:31 PM
  25. Is that all he’s done? Crap, I get more done in a week.

    Posted by Jeff Boatright  on  08/17  at  04:46 PM
  26. There goes Amanda, destroying the traditional definition of internets search?  Damn activist bloggers wrecking the foundations of our society.  I wouldn’t mind you using MySpace if you didn’t have to shove it down our throats.  I’m not a MySPacephobe but do you have to parade it in front of us all the time?

    *I* won’t abandon the traditional when ‘berube + poop’ yields 700 hits but ‘horowitz + poop’ gives 42,900.

    Posted by  on  08/17  at  05:21 PM
  27. Is there any pop cultural reference that gets past you, Professor?

    Not today!  Besides, it’s so pleasant to think of Joe Flaherty (Count Floyd) and the Monster Chiller Horror Theater.  What’s Flaherty been doing the past couple of decades, I wonder?

    Posted by Michael  on  08/17  at  06:18 PM
  28. He’s in something called Summerhood with John Cusack that’s in post-production.

    The 3D leaning forward thing is only good with three or more people. It’s a fact!

    Posted by Central Content Publisher  on  08/17  at  07:54 PM
  29. Not today!
    --M. Bérubé, Ph.D., 5:18 PM

    What part of “No, don’t answer that” did you not understand?  Seriously.  It was the apostrophe, wasn’t it?  People always tell me they have a hard time following my Iowan apostrophizing, what with the twang and all.  Thanks for nothing, Borge School of Proper Punctuation Diction!  (Now renamed the Borge Freedom Rotunda.)

    Posted by  on  08/17  at  08:50 PM
  30. As much fun as it is to point out the stupidities of he-whose-name-we-must-not-make-fun-of, he is not all that important despite his regular appearances on Fox News.

    On the other hand, Richard Vedder ((http://collegeaffordability.blogspot.com/), who has good connections to ALEC (http://www.alec.org/), is. 

    Funded by the usual right wing foundations, the Center for College Affordability and Productivity defines its mission as

    “Affordability” means not only rising tuition and other costs to the consumer of education services, but more broadly the burden that colleges impose on society.  “Productivity” refers not only to the costs and resources needed to educate students and perform research, but also to the measurement and quality of educational outcomes. CCAP is also concerned about finding new ways to do things better – to improve affordability and productivity. In particular, it is interested in how the forces of the market can be used to make higher education more affordable and qualitatively better.

    I recommend reading some of Vedder’s entries to get a sense of what using the forces of the market to make higher education more affordable.

    Here is an example:
    http://collegeaffordability.blogspot.com/2006/08/strategies-to-reduce-tuiti_115560421318791092.html

    Another approach would be for state governments to provide financial bonuses for university presidents and other key employees if certain key efficiency criteria are met. If per student spending rises by less than the rate of inflation (as determined by an outside auditing agency), for example, the president, provost, and other key employees could receive bonuses of, say, $50,000 to $100,000 a year.

    Posted by  on  08/17  at  10:07 PM
  31. Anschlussy name:

    “Eretz Ego”

    Posted by  on  08/18  at  02:01 PM
  32. If you are to google bomb surround

    “brilliant and articulate”

    with some qualifiers like

    No where close to “brilliant and articulate” you gotta be kidding.

    Posted by  on  08/19  at  11:04 AM
  33. Academia has gotten rid of all its natural predators.  We need about a dozen David horowitz to chase around the aging gazelles and give them a run for their money and tighten up the mental food chain a bit.

    Anyways, I thought his entry on you was kind of charitable in that he said that even you were the victim of stepping ever so slightly from the party line in your endorsement of the invasion of Afghanistan.

    Posted by Kirby Olson  on  08/19  at  07:12 PM
  34. Well I know I won’t shop at “The David Horowitz Savings Center” unless I know I can get toiletpaper in bulk.

    Posted by  on  08/21  at  02:46 PM
  35. Forgive me, but this doesn’t seem like a very substancial critique of Horowitz.  It, frankly, doesn’t even come up to the standards of the Opus Dei critics who complain that the founder has changed his name a number of times (apparently to establish a questionable association with the landed gentry of Spain).

    Fact: Academe is almost astonishingly biased, and once the left had established a foothold they closed the door behind themselves.

    Fact: Horowitz knows this (especially as part of the original contingent that stormed the universities in the 1960s) and calls attention to it.

    Now, since it’s not really possible to mount a credible rational argument against this barebones thesis the alternative is to point to irrelevancies like name changes and the like, as though finding some personal flaw (however humble) was the essence of open dialogue.

    So, if Horowitz (and Rothman et al) are correct that the professoriate is irredemably biased… about all you’re left in terms of rational argument is that they’re sufficiently professional that they’re willing to give the opposition adequate representation in the debate.  Which, of course, they aren’t… and your picayune gripe about Horowitz’s organization name change amply demonstrates.

    Anyway, what’s in a name, huh?

    Posted by  on  08/26  at  02:14 PM
  36. You’re a first-time visitor, Mr. Condon?  Please check through the archives for more material on Horowitz.  You’ll be so glad you did!

    Posted by  on  08/26  at  09:38 PM

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