Defending Indoctrination as ‘Academic Freedom’

DekmejianUniversity administrators are supposed to be the guardians of academic freedom at our institutions of higher education. They are charged with ensuring that faculty are granted the right to teach and students the right to learn. But the response of USC’s provost who defended a professor caught on tape ranting about his radical and extreme views in class shows how school officials can misinterpret and misuse this essential doctrine to allow indoctrinators free reign.

The professor in question, Dr. Richard Dekmejian, is a professor of political science at USC who specializes in national security issues, Middle East studies, terrorism and other related topics.  The twenty-minute classroom recording was made in Fall 2012 by USC student Tyler Talgo, who may face consequences for his actions since USC’s Student Code of Conduct strictly prohibits making such recordings—a fact that USC’s provost was sure to note in her statement on the incident.

Even at a leftist bastion such as USC, Professor Dekmejian can be considered an extremist. In a mere twenty minutes of recorded classroom footage, Dekmejian repeatedly hurls insults at every Republican president since Reagan, claiming that they were “lazy” and that they “lied to the American people,” while praising Jimmy Carter for “still going around doing good things.”  He also blames Israel for the radicalization of Hamas and claims that Islam deserves praise for its treatment of Jews and Christians.

Dekmejian’s radical rantings skewer so many conservative targets that it is difficult to find any cohesion to his lecture. On the Bush Administration’s motives for starting the war in Iraq, Dekmejian states, “Now the oil companies wanted the United States to take Iraq and establish a pro-America dictatorship there because that’s the only way you’re going to run Iraq. Talking about democracy as you go into Iraq as an excuse, you must be stupid or lying. That’s the Bush Administration.”

He characterizes “right wing Christian evangelicals” as “Get[ting] happy on television every time there’s a conflict in the Middle East” because “they think that the Book of Revelations tells them that the messiah…Jesus is going to come… all we need is a war in the Middle East involving Israel and the Arabs.”

In discussing FDR’s presidential run, Dekmejian mocks Herbert Hoover’s contrary argument against government intervention and statement that “in time the system will correct itself”  opining, “hmmmmm….sure.”

Towards the end of the recording, Dekmejian unleashes his venom on Israel and its prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu. “There’s going to be an election in Israel, by the way, because Netanyahu wants to come back even more powerful,” he tells the class. “God help the globe. And Israel. And the neighbors.”

He also offers the following explanation for Palestinian aggression towards Israel: “Hamas is the radicalized wing of the Muslim Brotherhood of Egypt and the Muslim Brotherhood of Egypt in the Gaza Strip and guess who was among the people that helped its radicalization? Israel! Not only by not creating a Palestinian state but by encouraging the most extremist Muslim Brotherhood chairs.” Unsurprisingly, Dekmejian fails to mention that Hamas and its Islamist allies have rejected the offer of a Palestinian state multiple times since they will only be satisfied by Israel’s total annihilation and have served as the aggressor in the Middle East conflict since Israel’s founding.

Dekmejian also lauds Islam as superior to Christianity, noting that

“Under Sharia law, traditionally Muslims recognize three religions: Themselves (Islam) and the two religions that they came out of, that preceded them, Judaism and Christianity. So therefore Christians and Jews have certain rights, not equality, but they have certain rights…the great kings of Christian Europe, they persecuted Jews. They didn’t give them that kind of benefit. At least Islam did.”

Dekmejian fails to note for his class that Sharia law’s recognition of Jews and Christians allows them to levy a special tax on them and to seize their synagogues and temples without provocation or that many Christians suffer relentless persecution and fear for their lives in Islamic regimes such as Pakistan and Egypt, not to mention the Palestinian controlled territories.

Dekmejian even manages to disparage opponents of global warming theory, commenting,

“When [hurricane] Sandy came along and sand clogged and water clogged all of the East Coast of the United States…even those guys who don’t believe in climate change, uhhhhhhh, they’re saying now wait a minute. But they can’t allow the climate change, I mean people who don’t believe in climate change they don’t care if Manhattan goes to underwater.”

What climate change has to do with his academic areas of expertise he doesn’t bother to explain – but then why should he since his provost thinks he has license to say anything he wants in class.

All these attacks occurred in a mere twenty minutes. Imagine what his students must hear in the course of a semester!

Official university evaluations of Dekmejian’s teaching are not released to the public but one can get a good idea of his students’ opinions by visiting the online rating site, A spate of recent reviews rate his teaching as being of “poor quality” and include such comments as “Unorganized, rambles, does not provide any time for input, questions, or discussion” and “he didn’t teach, [he] was trying to brainwash with political propaganda.”  Another comment states explicitly, “This is the worst teacher. I would never recommend him… He obviously has his own agenda. Why was he ever hired in the first place?” Keep in mind that most of his students are typical left-leaning college students who are accustomed to one-sided teaching.

Rather than expressing concern at Dekmejian’s use of his podium to indoctrinate impressionable students with his radical views – which is a clear violation of their academic freedom, University Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs Elizabeth Garrett defended the professor, claiming that his conduct is protected under academic freedom, which merely demonstrates her own ignorance of the principles laid down in the 1915 Declaration on the Principles of Academic Freedom and Academic Tenure and its more recent iterations:

“Faculty members are entitled to freedom in the classroom in discussing their subjects,” Garrett said in a written statement – a clear falsehood since an astronomy professor telling students the moon is made of green cheese would soon be facing disciplinary hearings. “The freedom to take unpopular positions and the freedom to express those positions publicly are at the foundation of what it means to be a faculty member of a university… One of the most important principles of an academic community has been that academic inquiry and discussion be free from censorship or undue outside control.” This provost however did not utter a word in defense of conservative speakers like Ann Coulter or David Horowitz who had to visit her campus under armed guard because of the hostility to unpopular positions at her politically correct university.

Garrett did pointedly observe that the Student Code of Conduct “expressly prohibits” students from taping their professors without consent – a policy which is a thinly veiled attempt to prevent the public and tuition paying parents from seeing the academic depths to which USC’s liberal arts faculty has plunged in recent years.

Provost Garrett is correct that USC’s academic freedom policy protects the right of faculty to freely discuss their subjects in class. But this freedom is not without corresponding responsibilities, in particular the responsibility to act professionally and not to indoctrinate their students in the kind of half-witted prejudices that are on display in the video of Dekemejian’s rant.

USC’s academic freedom policy clearly states,

“As educational officers [faculty] should remember that the public may judge their profession and the University by their utterances. Hence, they should at all times be accurate, should exercise appropriate restraint, should show respect for the opinions of others, and should make every effort to indicate that they are not speaking for the University.”

Only an academic provost in today’s university system could fail to see that Dekemejian violated this policy.

The Dekmejian incident makes the second time in recent months that a USC faculty member has been caught on tape abusing his position to indoctrinate students with leftist diatribes. Rather than concerning themselves with the students who violate school policy to record these indoctrinators, Provost Garrett and USC’s administration would do better to spend their efforts reigning in their out-of-control faculty and re-familiarizing themselves with the true meaning of academic freedom.

In exposing this travesty, Tyler Talgo acted with great courage and performed an important public service.

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  • Michael

    and in other news (right of this terrific article) – Joe Klien claims Bengahzi was a "Street Gang" attack. These people do not have the mental capacity to be talking to a drunk at the end of a bar – let alone hundreds/thousands of people. Where is the John Wayne of our time – we need a man with muscle to laugh them off the stage.

    We are doomed.

    • Questions

      Would Dwayne "the Rock" Johnson do? How about Arnold Schwarzenegger?

      • Roger

        Arnold? Why him?

        I'd love to see any Evangelical Christian have the academic freedoms this group has.

  • john spielman

    hopefully a bankrupt California will be forced to close some of these colleges with their useless programs like "polisci"

    • tyyyre

      unfortunately USC my alma mater is private


      "poli sci" should be part of the psychology department.

  • Rostislav

    My daughter from Australia writes me nearly with horror about my granddaughter's University program: "You know, dad, brain-chaining things are much worse here now, than you or me had ever experienced in the USSR" – and this article affirms that the same situation is true for the USA too. In the Soviet universities we also had quite a few of dim Comrades like Garrett or Dekemejian, but their crazy ranting was never called "academic freedom" here: it was quite deservedly called "proletarian istmat" – historic materialism, that is. By the way: though my USSR was heavily codified to the core, we never had any "Student Code of Conduct', thanks God, so your campuses are surely the XXI century's champions in the Great Marxist Quest for indoctrination! Rostislav, Saint-Petersburg, Russia.

    • AdinaK

      You should know that the indoctrination in American universities (and in Israel's too) is decades in the making and is by no means accidental. In fact, not unlike in the Soviet Union, American reds understand that the "keys" to the kingdom run through the hearts and minds of the kiddies. Not only that, but said mental constraints starts from K- 12!

      If one wants to point a finger at a particular anti-American nemesis, look no further than here –

      And this is precisely why the paradox and pitfalls of western academia is as insidious as it is –
      Had my sons wanted to study anything in the social sciences/humanities I would have said, fine, but not on my dime, so good luck with that!

      Adina Kutnicki, Israel

      • Rostislav

        I know the sad Israeli situation from my frequent visits to the Holy Land, but I must add that I was deeply impressed by the level of really academic creative freedom in non-humanitarian audiences, like those of Technion or of your younger Universities, like the new one in Ariel. But then, Ben-Gurion University was sheer horror – I felt myself like in my Soviet student time, with one important difference: we were rather cynical about Socialist theories, but we were ready to defend Russia any minute, while the strange leftist "peaceniks" of Ben-Gurion were, on the contrary, quite sincere in their devotion to the Socialism, and as sincere in their full support for the Palestinian state (that is, for a sure annihilation of their own country). I was ready to explode, but my friends wisely ordered me to shut up, as far as far as Rivka Karmi's crew is absolutely deaf to any arguments, always using their favorite counter-broadside "You are a fascist!" Alas – less and less Technions in our beautiful world… Rostislav.

  • Brujo Blanco

    It has been said that if our country fails it will happen from within. The communists are.banging at our doors. If we let them in they will have everything and we will have nothing.

    • objectivefactsmatter

      "IThe communists are.banging at our doors."

      That was decades ago. They're in the house eating all the food and ruining the furniture. Some of them don't bother making their way to the toilet when they really should.

      • WilliamJamesWard

        That is why I will not ever let anyone in my family visit the White House for fear of
        disease and vampire droppings,Americas new house of horrors…………..William

  • dodo

    Very similar to the brainwashing hatred and false blame that the Palestinians inculcate into small children's minds (including the Boston bombers' brainwashers)

  • tyyyre

    I have just written to the provost. Please spread this around – these universities need to feel the outrage of normal citizens–you can email Elizabeth Garrett at

  • Mik

    only in academia could a person of Armenian descent talk in favor of dhmmitude.

    • BS77

      Yep….but that's because he is an indoctrinated, mainline leftist…..he left his intellect at the train station…and now is just a talking puppet…..Academia has a glut of these Orwelllian "educators".

    • PoCoTex

      As an Armenian myself, I can tell you that Dekmejian is, as my grandmother used to say, too-toom caloogh, i.e., empty head. He's obviously forgotten the genocide that Turkish Muslims attempted on his own people. He's obviously forgotten the constant persecution of Christians in Islamic countries, especially Saudi Arabia. He's obviously forgotten that Jesus was a observant Jew.

      Either that or he's converted to Islam, which is equally empty-headed.

      I would recommend just ignoring him. Unfortunately, too many young students don't know any better and take him seriously.

  • WilliamJamesWard

    Homeschool until you can send your children to Hillsdale College who should open campuses
    in every American City and Town, spend not one penny on anything leftist and Islamist
    enabling. If we are to survive which is doubtful we must not allow our tax dollars to be
    used for public education any longer as this has been the avenue of Communist takeover
    and indoctrination of our people, destruction of our National morals and values while
    producing the graduates that infiltrate every corner of society, turn our ship around or sink.

    • jacob

      The situation depicted in this article and I'm sure, backed by the mentioned recordings, would
      demand anywhere else but CALIFORNIA the firing of the professor and the "Academic Provost"
      And may I ask, where are the people with BALLS to tell the "authorities" that they either fire every
      leftist involved in "education" or they will not pay another tax bill…??????
      Mind you, will the police and even the army be able to jail millions…?????

      • WilliamJamesWard

        What will happen and when I can not tell but everything about life today tells me
        the American public is now awake and starting to move into some sort of action
        to protect itself and be finished with tollerating leftists………………..William

        • mlcblog

          From your lips/heart to God's ears!!

      • Defcon 4

        I don't think the current regime would bat an eye at incarcerating millions. After all what's another trillion dollars of debt? Your properties and goods would be confiscated and sold to offset the costs.

        • Drakken

          They would have open revolt if that started to happen.

          • Defcon 4


  • Marty

    Thankfully, I'm a faculty member at a non-elite state institution where we still teach instead of indoctrinate. Fools such as dekmijian would not be eligible for a position here (we have professional standards). I include islam in lectures on totalitarianism as well as communism and fascism. Students here are smart and they are also patriots who know they are the beneficiaries of political democracy and the free market. They value a real education and are grateful living in the United States.

    • Jim_C

      Keep up the good work. That any broad discussion of totalitarianism would not include Islam in this day and age is unthinkable.

    • Guest

      Teaching v indoctrination seems all too often to be in the eye of the beholder.

      • objectivefactsmatter

        "Teaching v indoctrination seems all too often to be in the eye of the beholder."

        Yes, since the communists convinced so many Americans that objective facts don't exist.

        • Guest

          Indoctrination=teaching things you dislike/disagree with

          Teaching=teaching things you like/agree with

          All too often that's what this debate comes down to.

        • Guest

          Also, who is convinced that objective facts don't exist? What do you mean by "objective facts"?

          • objectivefactsmatter

            "Also, who is convinced that objective facts don't exist? What do you mean by "objective facts"?"

            Who wrote this?

            "Indoctrination=teaching things you dislike/disagree with
            Teaching=teaching things you like/agree with
            All too often that's what this debate comes down to."

            Evidently you don't have an objective definition of objective.

    • objectivefactsmatter

      Tell us where if you don't mind.

    • Defcon 4

      You have some bravery to teach the ugly truth about islamo-nazism in this day and age.

  • lizaz

    This story explains the excellent reasons to keep your children out of these liberal cesspools where they try to indoctrinate young people to their pathetic causes. This "professor" charges past conservative presidents with lying to the American people, yet ignores the obvious daily prevarications by the current "administration"…..this "professor" is just not credible in the eyes of anyone who is intelligent and educated in current events!! Keep your kids in small, local colleges where the real spirit of teaching still remains!!!

    • Defcon 4

      Academia has become a circle jerk of mutual admiration, immune to logic, fact or reason.

  • fashiontrends2013

    Only an academic provost in today’s university system.

    Fashion Trends 2013

  • clarespark

    Although there are some tensions between the Old and New Left, "anti-imperialism" and Whiteness Studies rules the "better" universities. See…. "The New Left activist scholars." Add to that one…. "American exceptionalism, retold."

  • Moliminous

    I don't see a "university" here. I don't see academic freedom. I see excuses for incompetence.

    BTW: if I'm a student at that "university" and paying tuition, I should be able to tape (video or audio) any/all my professors. You see, truth doesn't have to be hidden. If you're willing to speak before a captured audience, say the same thing to their parents and to the world at large. You see if the "professor" (and I do use that term very loosely) were to speak the same before his colleagues, the board of regents or the public-at-large, he probably wouldn't have a job.

    This school's policy is as transparent as the Obama administration. They need to read "The Idea of the University" by John Henry Newman.

    • Mary Sue

      because they are so radical even the mainstream Left in America would probably side-eye them as a bit nuts even, they think they have to keep it all secret so they can brainwash without protest (by students or parents) thus the "rule" of no recording. It's a fig leaf.

    • objectivefactsmatter

      "If you're willing to speak before a captured audience, say the same thing to their parents and to the world at large."

      Plus 1 million. If we had insisted on that from the start decades ago, we would perhaps not have such a big mess. We wouldn't have an anti-American president building a global caliphate as we wonder what more to do about it.

  • Jennifer Ashcroft

    In the UK if an academic spouts blatant anti-Israel lies and declares support for terrorism then not only is their freedom to do so guaranteed by Universities, but they can receive official praise for doing so. If you do not believe me then look at this story and note that this academic freedom is one way only (the same University bans opinions or discussions that it believes Muslims might find offensive):

  • tagalog

    Which right-wing Christian evangelicals wax enthusiastic about Middle Eastern conflicts, pray tell?

    Which ones are saying that Middle Eastern conflicts are harbingers of the Last Days?

    If Dekmejian thinks those things, as an instructor he should be willing to disclose the factual foundations of his claims, don't you think?

    Occasionally, my business ethics students want me to discuss my personal views on command systems vs. free market systems or my preferences as to the various forms of distributive justice. I don't like to do that, believing that it intimidates students who don't agree with me, and doesn't do much for those who agree with me. Besides, education is not a primarily a mechanism for imposing the instructor's views on other people, who presumably can draw their own conclusions if guided to the body of knowledge that they are studying. Besides, there's plenty of unconscious editorializing that goes on in acquainting students with the common critiques of this system or that one.

    • jacob

      In my day and age, we used to "sweeten" the gas tanks of such professors and "authorities"

      • tagalog

        Interesting…in my own undergraduate days, I was amazed at how effective the Tootsie Roll could be.

  • Chris_Shugart

    If a math prof were to declare that 2 + 2 is one million, that would be bad math, never mind any free expression. When I was in school, my teachers demanded that I show my work–how I arrived at my answer. Apparently educators at USC are allowed to flail around in the dark and call it academic discourse.

  • Western Spirit

    This man is clearly one of the Left's evolved and they are so proud of evolved people they evolve them to our amazement and wonder. Also this evolvement makes them better than us because evolved people are well, evolved.

    And yet on deeper inspection beggars the question, evolved into what? Evidently evolved into a better abettor of the Left's propaganda.

    Also there is the enlightenment of the Left that makes us stand in awe. Enlightenment is the ability to see deep truth. But that's another story since the Left can't even see the truth directly under their noses. Such as the propaganda of this man is being passed off as learning.

    • tagalog

      Remember too, the lefties are nuanced. That nuance thingie, we righties are perceived as sorely lacking in nuance.

      • Western Spirit

        Yes nuance! We righties aren't bright enough to nuance thingies the way the Left nuances thingies. The Left in addition to being evolved and enlightened are just so very smart, you know, they can even nuance us nuisances into being knuckle dragging imbeciles too dumb to understand their stupefying subtleties. Like Benghazi, for instance.

        • tagalog

          Thank God there's one smarty around here who has it right.

  • marios

    Nowadays Dem's party/the Shadow party plot to destroy our country and set up totalitarian system comprise have two very important aspects: controlling MSM and controlling Educational system.
    Unionized professors are paid for not students education but for their indoctrination. Youth is key to future and Dem's party/the Shadow party work on reach their goal to seize Power forever. Rep's establishment are still sleeping refusing realize that they will share the same horrible end as we, People if nothing start to be changed just right now.

  • Stephen_Brady

    Last week, Dallas Willard … professor of philosophy at USC, and a wonderful Christian man … died of pancreatic cancer. And Dekmejian is still alive, spewing his filth.

    I have a few questions for the Lord …

    • WilliamJamesWard

      Dallas Willard will be in a good place now that the silver cord is severed, what awaits Dekmejian
      is awful and his final estate is probably that of another lost soul…………………William

  • digdigby

    And this man is a PROFESSOR? He sounds like an angry old nun. I'm used to 'intellectual students' spouting complex and heady mixtures of Chomsky, Post-Post-Modern this 'n that mixed with Globalization and the 'tyranny of post-colonial narratives', queer studies etc. i.e. he doesn't DO pseudo-intellectual very well. The ideal 'vanguard' professor should talk like a Fog machine. If our students are going to learn how to talk like phony pseudos – they should get more bang for their buck.

  • marios

    Yes…and Soros is still alive! Why??? Where is divine Justice? But… as G-d gave us free will WE should act but the most of people are so passive, so indifferent. G-d helps those who helps himself/herself. Leftists are political activists but we are…sorry, mostly bunch of bla-bla-bla people.

  • Donald DaCosta

    What should be obvious by now is that this is not a recent occurrence, only one exposed as a result of the relatively recent explosion in, and prevalence of, modern technology and a desire by some concerned students to expose what goes on behind those ivy covered walls. Before someone in a classroom could surreptitiously record the evidence of these obvious, concerted efforts to infuse and instill a hatred and disdain for America in its student population, the question must be asked, how long has this been going on at USC and other prestigious colleges and universities around the country?

    Having no relevant data other than the prevailing conditions in the political landscape and the prevailing attitudes of political correctness, multiculturalism and a predominant, willful blindness to anything that does not fit the current, most widely acceptable narratives, despite all evidence to the contrary, this indoctrination in the classroom must have been going on for decades; likely beginning in the sixties.

    A caption under a photo in an Oct. 07, 2008 issue of Time magazine, “Bill Ayers, co-founder of radical organization the Weather Underground, is now a Distinguished Professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago.” From a 03/23/2013 edition of the Daily caller under the broader subject of “Education,” “Bill Ayers is now a feted ‘visiting scholar’ at Minnesota State University Moorhead.”

    Ayers spent much of his life, aside from his more controversial radical pursuits, either in school or working in the teaching profession. He went to work for the University of Illinois in Chicago in 1992 and retired from there in August, 2010.

    While Mr. Ayers is perhaps the most prominent example of the radical elements that grew out of the frustration and anger against the American involvement in the war in Vietnam, he and his subsequent immersion in America's institutions of higher learning is far from being a unique occurrence. Was this an accident or was it a purposeful and largely successful attempt to accomplish the desired radicalization of America by peaceful and easily concealed means? What could be a more effective approach than a concerted, deliberate infiltration into the halls of Academe where tenure rules and radicalization is so easily conflated with superior intellectual thought in an environment that remains generally free from outside scrutiny or influence; until now.

    Is it much of a stretch to assume that most of what is considered modern American main stream thought and opinion emanates from a large group of individuals that have been successfully indoctrinated with the anti-American, anti-Capitalism, anti-Conservative views learned in these prestigious institutions of “higher learning”?

  • RebeccaJean

    There is a difference between allowing " freedom in the classroom in discussing subjects" and having someone teaching a class that sounds like your crazy drunk Uncle Al at the family barbecue.

  • Horace

    Dont spend too much time trying to figure out why the Provost, or Chancellor, or Trustees, etc. put up with this Communist/Islamist crap. The simple answer is they are LEADING it. Their job is to continue to siphon money out of the pocets of the old morons who root for the football team, etc. etc., to keep their con job running. They know darn well what they are doing and what its purpose is-subversion of Western Civilization, & destruction of liberty, followed by total slavery like in North Korea, their highest leadership ideal since Stalin was poisoned.

  • jacob

    And may I ask whom's fault has it been and continues to be…????

    An old proverb says that it there were no pimps, there where no prostitutes….
    And needless to say, WE have allowed these pimps to run amok and we are now harvesting what
    we allowed to be planted….!!!!

    BILL AYERS a university professor….!!!!!!!

  • Jeff Ludwig

    One teacher in a high school where I taught was assigned to teach AP Government. He spent an entire month on the Communist Manifesto. The students complained, but nothing was done. Another teacher regularly distributed communist newspapers to the students, but nothing was said to him. Another teacher would routinely hand out photocopied sections of Zinn's Peoples' History of the U.S. for students, and would not use the textbook which he ordered from a list of approved choices because he felt it was too "conservative." Imagine the left leaning textbooks were "too conservative" for this dude, so he need to import Zinn's leftist misinformation! These indoctrination techniques are not allowed by the NYC Chancellor's regulations, but the regulations are ignored by high school administrations. And the leftist teachers have actually come to believe that they are legitimately practicing "academic freedom." This article points out that they and their ilk are wrong. But we are in the throes of a leftward move in this country that is flooding in like a tsunami.

  • Ozzy

    Actually Freedoms and Right do not have corresponding responsibilities. That would negate the aspect of free and inalienable right. Further if your college students are so pathetic and weak that they can't hear different opinions than yours, you should send them to trade school.

    • objectivefactsmatter

      "Actually Freedoms and Right do not have corresponding responsibilities. That would negate the aspect of free and inalienable right. "

      Who told you that ALL "rights" are inalienable?

    • objectivefactsmatter

      "Further if your college students are so pathetic and weak that they can't hear different opinions than yours, you should send them to trade school."

      What trade school did you flunk from?


      if your college professors are so pathetic and weak that they can't hear different opinions than theirs, then they should send them to trade school.

    • Defcon 4

      The problem is the professors don't want to read/hear/see any opinions that differ from theirs.

  • Eva

    Dekmejian should be thoroughly ashamed of his deeds. He is an Armenian American, a part of the people who were handled a horrific card twice in the recent history – once in 1915, when over a million of Christian Armenians were massacred by Ottoman Turks, and another time when Armenia was invaded by the Soviets in 1921 and forcefully made a part of the USSR. It is hard to imagine the degree of denial that would cause this empty suit to become so hateful despite every misfortune his people had to endure at the hands of militant Islam and then equally militant commies.

  • Anamah

    What a piece of garbage! His ancestors must be so ashamed of him!
    This article prove one more time how even a university professor can perfect fit as a Stalin "useful idiots" described. Universities had became depressing and boring as little zoos.

  • @paulvmarks

    Stop FUNDING this stuff – no more government backed "student loans" and so on.

    In the "old days" (not so long ago) people used to work their way up in companies – now liberal arts graduates jump in at management level. And what have these liberal arts graduates been taught? They have taught this stuff – and at absurd expense.