Re: [sixties-l] Horowitz' Pro-War Ad

From: monkerud (
Date: Mon Oct 01 2001 - 01:04:50 EDT

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    The point in such a rebutal is not to convince the person, like
    Horowitz, that you are addressing, but others who are standing on the
    sideline listening to the conversation.

    A good example of this is the "creationism" myth people who switched
    gears and are now talking about "intelligent design." Somehow this
    seems so absurd that it slipped through the cracks and now many who
    would reject such myth making, embrace its pseudo scientific language
    to embrace what is essentially "creationism" only now is dressed in
    different clothes. No one bothered to take this ridiculous notion on
    and people buy into it.

    That is the reason to take on such arguments. There needs to be an
    audience that can be convinced.. and as you well know our society is
    loaded with those who say, "I never thought of that."

    That is my take on the point....

    best, Don Monkerud

    At 2:11 PM -0400 9/29/01, wrote:
    >In a message dated 09/29/2001 11:22:20 AM Central Daylight Time,
    > writes:
    >>Today Horowitz' full-page ad bashing the Vietnam-era antiwar
    >>movement appeared in The Oklahoma Daily.
    >>He claims that many antiwar activists (himself included) of that
    >>time "crossed the line between dissent and treason." He doesn't
    >>say exactly where the "line" is.
    >>The ad looks like a subtle call for pro-war militants to conduct a
    >>campaign of intimidation against those of us who might "cross the
    >>line" today.
    >>Has anyone posted any online rebuttals to this?
    >>-- Michael Wright
    >>I would have but (1) there is no point in arguing with Horowitz, as
    >>he is a revolving door when it comes to argument, and (2) for the
    >>most part, he didn't say anything new or, to be honest, worth
    >>arguing about. Besides, when has a "pro-war militant" (as you call
    >>them) EVER understood a subtle call for anything? Those who are
    >>against war have a right to protest as do those who are in favor of
    >>responding militarily. Sorry, but I just don't see the point on
    >>this one.
    >>Brad L. Duren
    >>Instructor of History
    >>Oklahoma Panhandle State University
    >>213 Hamilton Hall
    >>Goodwell, Oklahoma 73939
    >>work phone: 580-349-1498

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