Reformed radical David Horowitz is speaking tonight at Boise State. We can't make it to the lecture, but here's some light reading on Horowitz so that you can better form your questions.
Horowitz also types an occasional column for Salon.com. In April he warned conservatives to get over their "Obama Derangement Syndrome," a message he might do well to repeat in Boise and to himself.
"Conservatives, please. Let's not duplicate the manias of the left as we figure out how to deal with Mr. Obama. He is not exactly the antichrist, although a disturbing number of people on the right are convinced he is ... As for Obama's speeches, they are hardly in the Huey Long, Louis Farrakhan, Fidel Castro vein. They are in fact eloquently and cleverly centrist and sober."
This 2000 Horowitz profile in The Nation attempts to understand Horowitz's transformation from lefty radical in the '60s and '70s to "a steely gladiator, an indefatigable pugilist in the culture wars, the right's very own Ahab," today.
Now, he ridicules the idea of utopia: "Every leftist should watch the Jerry Springer show," he says today. "How are you going to make a new world out of that material?"
Speaking of Jerry Springer, here is a preview of Horowitz appearing recently on the Glenn Beck program on Fox News. Fast forward past the dramatic intro about the profusion of "czars" under the supposedly Communist Obama regime (note to Beck: The Reds beheaded the Czar), to see Horowitz—complete with Trotsky-ish goatee—wax on about his gut feeling for radicals in the White House.
Horowitz speaks tonight at 7:30 p.m. at Boise State's Jordan Ballroom. The lecture is presented by the Conservative Student Coalition and the newish Idaho Freedom Foundation.