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The Campus Right GEORGE BUSH’S RECENT commencement address on “political cor rectness,” written by his new chief speech writer Anthony Snow, foregrounds the increasing influence of the far-right in the current administration. Before joining the Bush team, Snow worked as an editorial writer for the Washington Times, a D.C.-based newspaper owned by the political network of Rev. Sun Myung Moon, a religio-political fanatic with well-documented close ties to fascists and other ultra-rightists around the world. Bush’s attack on “PC” marked Snow’s first foray into presidential speechwriting, and indicates the emphasis that Snow and far-right groups like the Moonies place on suppressing multiculturalism and the growing student movement on college campuses. The backlash against “political correctness” has a carefully crafted political agenda, one that needs to be clearly understood as a right-wing response to liberal/left gains made at universities since the 1960s. Since a Dec. 24, 1990 Newsweek article launched the attack in the national mainstream press, these arguments have become more widespread, and the motives for making them more diverse. But a small number of national organizations, funded by just a handful of identifiable rightist foundations, have been laying the intellectual and physical groundwork for this confrontation since the mid-1980s. The message of these far-right intellectuals has reached campuses across the country, and the highest levels of government, because their well-funded think tanks can afford a national propaganda campaign backed by dozens of subsidized local organizations. The most prominent of these national groups, the National Association of Scholars and the Madison Center for Educational Affairs, baldly lay out the underlying agendas behind the anti-“PC” movement in their own literature. The National Association of Scholars The origin of the National Association of Scholars dates to 1982, when the right-wing Committee for the Free World, directed by Midge Decter \(wife of neoconservative Norman Podhoretz and boardmember at the called the Campus Coalition for Democracy equally right-wing Smith-Richardson Foundation. The CCD’s chairman of the board was Herbert I. London, a dean at New York University, and its president was Stephen Balch, a professor of government at the City University of New York. In spring of 1986, Society magazine published a series of articles, introduced by Balch, attacking “the politicization of scholarship” by the Left. In October 1986, the conservative journal Commentary published a similar but much longer article on “The Tenured Left” by Balch and London. In those articles they construct two arguments: First, that “the Left” was well on its way to taking over the academy, and second, that previous efforts to check this Leftist takeover specifically cited was Reed Irvine’s notorious Accuracy in Academia had failed. They called for a new, more effective campaign to kick the Marxists out of academe. In 1987, the same year Alan Bloom published his book-length attack on radicalism in the University, The Closing of the American Mind, London intensified his own offensive against the Left in a series of far-right journals. In the January issue of The World and I, he warned of “Marxism Thriving on American Campuses.” In the May-June issue of The Futurist, he prophesied the “Death of the University.” The Futurist is a publication of the American Family Association, while the Rev. Sun Myung Moon puts out The World and 1, as well as the Washington Times. London, as SEAN FRENCH it turns out, also wrote for the now-defunct Moonie publication, The New York City Tribune. By late 1987 and early 1988 the Campus Coalition for Democracy evolved into the London as Chairman of the Board and Balch as President. The NAS treated a new jour. nal, specifically targeting university professors, called Academic Questions, to provide a vehicle for publicizing their views. London, who edits the journal, laid out the battle ground in that first issue: The enemies were the “radicals” and the “liberal majority” that had now surrendered the initiative to them. The prime targets of that first issue were feminist scholarship, literary theory and programs instituting student evaluation of teachers. Since then, Academic Questions has carried articles attacking affirmative action, peace studies, evolution, and “Left” influence in African, Latin-American and Asian studies. In the journal as well as the NAS newsletter there have also been reports from the front lines of the crusade: sometimes lamenting defeats, as at Stanford where the Western Civilization course was broadened, 6 MAY 31, 1991