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Ted Cruz Responds: Harvard Law Really Was Full Of Communists

Senator Ted Cruz has responded to The New Yorker’s report that he accused Harvard Law School of having had “twelve” Communists who “believed in the overthrow of the U.S.

Government” on its faculty when he attended in the early nineties. Cruz doesn’t deny that he said this; instead, through his spokesman, he says he was right: Harvard Law was full of Communists.

His spokeswoman Catherine Frazier told The Blaze website that the “substantive point” in Cruz’s charge, made in a speech in 2010, was “was absolutely correct.”

She went on to explain that “the Harvard Law School faculty included numerous self-described proponents of ‘critical legal studies’—a school of thought explicitly derived from Marxism—and they far outnumbered Republicans.” As my story noted, the Critical Legal Studies group consisted of left-leaning professors like Duncan Kennedy, who is a social democrat, not a Communist, and has never “believed in the overthrow of the U.S. Government.”

Among those who have taken issue with Cruz’s castigation of the Harvard Law School faculty are his former law professor, Charles Fried, who is a well-known Republican and former Solicitor General to Ronald Reagan. In his 2010 speech, Cruz had said there was only “one” Republican on the faculty, but his former professor, Fried, told The New Yorker there were at least four, including himself. A spokesman for Harvard Law School, Robb London, also described the school as “puzzled” by Cruz’s allegations.

Cruz’s spokesman called it “curious” that The New Yorker would cover Cruz’s speech “three years” after he gave it. But Cruz’s hostile questioning of Obama’s nominee for Defense Secretary, Chuck Hagel, and insinuations about Hagel’s loyalties had provided a fresh context for looking more closely at the nature of the accusations he has leveled at political opponents. Observers like Senator Barbara Boxer wondered if they were seeing a revival of McCarthyism. Judging from Cruz’s speech—and, now, his defense of it—it’s a good question.

by Anonymousreply 1102/24/2013

Last I checked Communists are allowed to work in the United States, whether as bus drivers or law professors.


by Anonymousreply 102/24/2013

It's not the communist label that's the problem.

Cruz stated 12 members of Harvard's faculty supported overthrowing the US Government which is not true.

by Anonymousreply 202/24/2013

12 seems depressingly low. I would have hoped for at lest twice that many.

by Anonymousreply 302/24/2013

Cruz is in Washington mainly to fuck things up, providing endless entertainment for his unhinged, billionaire sponsors. Expect ugly theater, much of it directed to the anti-intellectual tea party base.

by Anonymousreply 402/24/2013

There's the "Loyal Opposition" … and then there's Ted Cruz.

by Anonymousreply 502/24/2013

I thought there were 57.

by Anonymousreply 602/24/2013

He's wrong --

Legally Blonde best portrayed the cross section of HLS students and professors.

by Anonymousreply 702/24/2013

Something is wrong with Harvard's admission process.

by Anonymousreply 802/24/2013

Aside from the fact that he is an opportunistic imbecile, and is being given far more credibility than he deserves, I take exception to the continued demonization of "communists" and Communism.

Most of the people who throw those words around don't know WTF they're talking about, they onlu know it's "bad." The Powers that Be demonize it because it's a critique of the capitalist system.

In those countries under totalitarian regimes who embraced a variation of it, religious freedom is another reason pointed to as evidence of the inherent evil of "communism." Those words have no power now.

Communism is an impossible state to achieve. Every single economy in the world, since the industrial revolution until today, has been a mixed economic system. There is no such thing as a completely capitalist, or socialist, or communist state. Never has been.

Cruz is a total trainwreck and he'd be a joke if he didn't have so many ignorant assed adherents. Personally, I would love to see the USA become more socialist.

by Anonymousreply 902/24/2013

He'll be celebrated by corporate news media.

by Anonymousreply 1002/24/2013

Exactly R10.

by Anonymousreply 1102/24/2013
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