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I was surprised - and somewhat honored - to see that a leftwing blogger at "Oh, For Goodness Sake" put together a biography on me based on website postings including stuff I've done here at ResistNet. The article is here
I thought this forum was the best place to clarify the issues raised by the article.
The first thing to say is that I was Ann Coulter's T.A. which means I was responsible for grading her papers, grading her exams, and leading her small group discussion sections. I was actually working for her American government professor, Theodore J. Lowi. So, I was actually Lowi's teaching assistant and Coulter was one of my very first students. I think she can also communicate how she saw me evolve from being a young radical extremist into a being a moderate, non-Marxist social scientist. I'm tossing in a picture of me with some girls who dressed me up in the fall of 1978. What can I say? I was 21. I guess they liked seeing the guys wearing big hats in the late 1970s.
I really was never rejected for tenure. The situation is sadder than that. The folks at Williams took me off the tenure track in 1989 and really didn't even let me compete for tenure. Their story is that my research was sub-par. The irony, of course, is that a month or so later I won the William Anderson Award from the American Political Science Association for the best doctoral dissertation in the nation in my field. My story is that they were hostile to me because I was a man, Armenian-American, conservative and quite vocal in my complaints against affirmative action and those who doubted the wisdom of welfare reform.
The larger issue is my relationship with Obama. In truth, I only met him twice. What's missing, however, is that Obama and I were part of an intense cultural sub-group due to our connections at Occidental College. I took my status as a Marxist revolutionary thinker very seriously...and so did he. It wasn't a small deal to live your life anticipating the Marxist revolution was coming down the road. The intensitiy of Obama's commitment to Marxism is why my girlfriend could refer to him as "one of us."
I knew the Marxist professors Obama talks about in Dreams of My Father and I was dating the various structural feminists too. I knew the same foreign students and anti-apartheid activists.
By all accounts, my wife and I are taking risks by being willing to discuss Obama's early Marxist socialist orientation. This doesn't bother me. We are okay. We've seen no threats against us. I think most Republicans already believed Obama was a Marxist and most Democrats don't think it is a bad thing in the first place. Nevertheless, I'm still frustrated and puzzled by why I could not get this story into the media sooner. If it weren't for Newsmax, Breitbart TV and talk radio, then I'm not sure it ever would have gotten to the general public.