THE NAZIFICATION OF OUR “LIBERAL” ELITES: Old State Department Warhorse William Polk Slams NeoCons, Cites Nazi Apologist

by Richard Poe
Monday, September 19, 2005

5:28 pm Eastern Time
11 Comments is one of the less inhibited Jew-bashing sites on the Internet, serving up a regular fare of Holocaust revisionism, neo-Nazi apologetics, denunciations of Zionist media domination, as well as exposés of Mossad complicity in virtually every calamity to strike these United States from the JFK assassination to the 9-11 attacks. Long appealing to certain fringe elements on the Web, now appears to be reaching an enthusiastic readership among our nation’s “liberal” foreign policy elites. (hat tip, Alex Joffe)

One such reader, it appears, is historian and Middle Eastern studies expert William R. Polk, formerly of Harvard University and the University of Chicago. Polk served the U.S. State Department under presidents Kennedy and Johnson, and has been deeply involved with the United Nations. As President of the Adlai Stevenson Institute of International Affairs, he helped launch the European Union.

Polk outed himself as a peruser of the American Free Press when he cited the controversial publication in an August 29 broadside slamming Campus Watch, an organization dedicated to monitoring Middle Eastern Studies departments for bias and error.

In his piece, which appears on the Web site of the History News Network, Professor Polk predictably likens the activities of Campus Watch to McCarthyism, Stalinism, Fascism and Nazism. But he goes further. In condemning the “Neoconservative” agenda which Campus Watch allegedly serves, Polk strikes an unexpected trope when he cites by name American Free Press editor Michael Collins Piper. Polk writes:

“Senator Rick Santorum has written a bill which only George Orwell could have imagined, entitled `Ideological Diversity’ to cut federal funding from colleges and universities that permit teachers and students from criticizing Israeli policies. (Michael C. Piper, April 21, 2003).

(hat tip, Alex Joffe)

Note the citation. Polk’s source for this information is none other than American Free Press editor Michael Collins Piper. Needless to say, Polk’s description of the Santorum proposal is inaccurate to the point of hysteria.

Actually, Senator Santorum merely sought to expand the protections offered under Title IX of the Higher Education Act to include not only victims of sex discrimination but also those persecuted for their “ideological diversity” – thus giving conservative students and faculty a legal foothold from which to fight harassment by radical campus administrators.

Santorum got the idea from our own David Horowitz, whose Academic Bill of Rights serves a similar purpose.

Evidently, Polk did not feel the need to do much homework on Santorum’s proposal. Why bother? He got all the facts he needed from the American Free Press.

It is hard to imagine that a public intellectual of Polk’s stature would have bestowed such a high level of trust on the American Free Press without first having spent many long, satisfying hours engrossed in its pages.

Thanks to Campus Watch director Alexander H. Joffe for bringing our attention to Polk’s AFP citation in a FrontPage article, “Concerning Academic Ignorance.” To his credit, Dr. Joffe interpreted Polk’s gaffe far more charitably than did we.

by Richard Poe
September 19, 2005 05:28 PM ET

Cross-posted from 09.19.05


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  1. Duke says:

    This may be off the topic, but this is a quote from an article I found on the site.

    “Today,” Sheldon continued, “two superpowers have the ability to control weather around the world: the United States and Russia. Other countries, probably China and North Korea, are working feverishly to catch up.”


    I have two words: Nikola Tesla.

    Verily, truth often is “stranger than fiction”.

  2. tazzmax says:

    I don’t believe it, but if anyone could have been ingenious enough to do this, it would certainly have been Tesla! I’ve read lots of stuff on Tesla and he was one of our great unsung genius heroes!

  3. Richard Poe says:

    Duke quotes: “`Today,’ Sheldon continued, `two superpowers have the ability to control weather around the world: the United States and Russia.'”

    You mean… Bush did it?

  4. Duke says:

    Richard Poe asks: “You mean… Bush did it?”

    Of course, Bush is all powerful… didn’t you know?

  5. Duke says:

    Wouldn’t it be nice if we could blame Bush for all that “goes wrong” in the world?

    However, Bush isn’t God, even though — ironically — some folks on the left appear to be attributing God-like powers to him.

  6. Madzionist says:

    When you combine Leftists with Islamists with White Supremacists we get quite the triple play, huh?

    BTW, I updated my blog on the plight of the Israeli General who’s being hunted by jihadis and leftists. See: Amnesty Int: Hand over the Jew


  7. DaraLundy says:

    This must be why they were so shocked at President Bush wanting a bathroom break. They think he is a transcendental being in an ethereal body.

  8. dark900 says:

    I believe the term neo-Conservative itself refers to the American Jew. I myself would be labeled as a neo-Con. But guess who has been blaming neo-Cons for the world’s ills? People like David Duke. So the term neo-Con is referring to the American Jew, which then makes people who bash neo-Cons anti-Semitic or can lean that way with people like Cindy Sheehan and David Duke.

  9. Publius says:

    I was thinking that a neo-con was an educated liberal.

  10. Roopods6 says:

    Either a neo-con or a neo-cain you are? The first recorded murder was when Cain murdered his brother Abel. The Humanist neo-cains still wish the same on their Judeo-Christian neo-con brothers today.

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