I spent my weekend in sunny Santa Barbara, where jogging on one of their massive docks a wave hit me--what an excellent feeling. The purpose of my trip was a speech on "The War on Football" to students and supporters of Young America's Foundation at the Reagan Ranch. I met a former protector of Reagan's who knew some of my people from Somerville, Congressman Tom Graves from Georgia, and a former college football player who played with Kenny Washington--the man who reintegrated the NFL--at UCLA. Amidst the backdrop of barbeque and a mariachi band, I gave a talk to a couple of hundred people on the top of a mountain with the Pacific Ocean on one side and Michael Jackson's Neverland on the other. Oh, yeah, Ronald Reagan spent one out of every eight days of his presidency there. He hosted Gorbachev and Thatcher. He even signed his famous tax cut in the mist atop the mountain. More than three decades later, I gave a fiery speech there. What a thrill!
I'm speaking on Wednesday, November 6 at the Heritage Foundation in Washington, DC on The War on Football. The event starts at 6 p.m. If you're interested in attending, please RSVP by calling AIA at 202-364-4401 (ext. 112). I hope to see you there if you live in the DC area.
Elizabeth Hasslebeck interviewed me today on Fox & Friends about The War on Football. Watch it here. I've had a number of radio interviews posted online in recent weeks. Here's a pretty contentious conversation in Cleveland. Wisconsin Public Radio's Joy Cardin conducted a more in-depth--and civil--discussion on the book here. Here's a friendly back-and-forth on Baltimore sports radio this morning. And late Tuesday night I made a second appearance on JT the Brick, the greatest sports-talk show in America--the host, the sidekick, and especially the callers make it something special. JT saying, "You're outstanding on the radio. You have clear points," made my week. My interview starts at 22:30. Happy listening.
Tune in, or, more accurately, surf over to Boston Herald Radio on Friday from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. I will be hosting in stead of Jeff Katz. I'll be talking everything from South Park to local politics. In case you're not an early bird, you can listen to the program on the Herald site whenever you care to.
I'll be filling in for Jeff Katz on Boston Herald Radio on Friday from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. Through the magic of the internet, my program can be listened to throughout the day--at least that's my understanding--so please tune in live but if 6 a.m. is too tortuous, give a listen later in the day. Tune in here. I'll be talking football, Syria and other current events.
I appeared on the weekend edition of Fox & Friends Sunday morning to discuss the war on football and how a crusade undermining public health masquerades as a public health crusade. Watch my appearance here.
I appeared last night on Lou Dobbs' program on the Fox Business Network. Lori Rothman, who served as guest host, interviewed me on "The War on Football." Watch the interview here.
Listen to me tonight at 10:06 p.m. on WBZ 1030's "Nightside with Dan Rea." It broadcasts out of Boston. But it broadcasts, at least when the weather cooperates, into 38 states and Canada. So try tuning in if you're east of the Mississippi. We'll be discussing, appropriately enough, AM radio. The jumping off point for the conversation will be my recent American Spectator cover story, "AM Radio, Signing Off." After immersing myself in football for nine months and birthing a book, it was fun to explore another of my passions--radio--for the Spectator. Hopefully my enthusiasm for the medium will come through despite my criticisms tonight.
The made-for-television presidency got the inauguration it deserved. Beyonce outsourced her rendition of the national anthem to a digital facsimile. Alicia Keys transformed "Girl on Fire" into "Obama on Fire" to give a a performance fit for a king--or at least a Qaddafi. Fakeness and sycophancy reigned. Read my piece @ the American Spectator on how at the gauche coronation superficial people attracted one another like magnets.
I will be speaking at the Philadelphia Society's "America and Her Detractors in the Modern World" conference this weekend. It's a private event by invitation only, so it's not open to the non-paying, uninvited general public. But if it's recorded, I will be sure to post. The Sunday panel I speak on is called "Anti-Americanism: Fashioning a Conservative Response." Other speakers at the conference include John O'Sullivan, Paul Hollander, and Richard Pipes, so I will be attending as much as a listener as a talker. As one might suspect from the sponsoring group's name, the event takes place in the City of Brotherly Love. Any readers familiar with Philadelphia's charms--I once attended a baseball game at the uncharming Vet--please feel free to suggest a site worth seeing.
C-SPAN2 ran my Blue Collar Intellectuals speech three times this weekend. Then Brian Lamb announced his retirement. Was it something I said? If you missed my talk, C-SPAN has the video archived on its site. Watch it here. Welcome to FlynnFiles to any new reader arriving by way of C-SPAN. In exposing America to the inner-workings of their government, and providing a platform for books, C-SPAN is Smart TV. We should not be surprised that C-SPAN's viewers are smart people. I find that I sell more books after appearing on C-SPAN than after appearing on any other venue. Watchers aren't usually readers. But C-SPAN watchers are.
I speak at Georgetown University on Wednesday on Blue Collar Intellectuals: When the Enlightened and the Everyman Elevated America. The lecture takes place on campus at 6 p.m. at the ICC auditorium. The event is sponsored by Georgetown's Tocqueville Forum on the Roots of American Democracy and the Intercollegiate Studies Institute. If you are in the Washington, DC area, I encourage you to attend. The event is free and open to the public.
I will be speaking on a panel at the Conservative Political Action Conference this Thursday at 3:30 p.m. The weekend conference takes place at the Wardman Park Marriot in Washington, DC. The subject of the panel is "Back to the Future: How Do We Bring Back Civics Education to Our Schools?" After the discussion, there will be a book signing for "Blue Collar Intellectuals."
FoxNews.com has posted my appearance on Fox & Friends. Check out my three minutes and eight seconds of fame (I've 11:52 left, by my count). My return to the television airwaves involves the reemergence of the Mumia Abu-Jamal case after the California Federation of Teachers called for the cop killer's release from prison. Accompanying the clip is a news story on the case. The "Cop Killer" referenced in the article and the clip is a long booklet I wrote more than a decade ago. It was mainly distributed free among college students. This was prior to the Internet taking off, so only a print version exists. I am thinking that it might be a good idea to post the entire booklet online or use it in some other manner. We'll see. And you see my appearance on Fox. Just click the link above.
Sorry for the late notice, but I will be appearing Tuesday morning (that's today!) on Fox & Friends. The California Federation of Teachers has passed a resolution calling on Pennsylvania to Free Mumia. That would be Mumia Abu-Jamal, murderer of police officer Daniel Faulkner. I'll be on the Fox News Channel explaining why the CFT isn't merely wrong--but late. Mumia is about as 2011 as the Spice Girls. Tune in at 8:20 a.m. for my segment.
I will be speaking at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa on Thursday, March 24. The event will take place at 7 p.m. in room 300 of the Ferguson Center. The event is sponsored by the campus chapter of Young Americans for Liberty and Young America's Foundation. It is free and open to the public, so if you live nearby Tuscaloosa certainly check out the lecture.
Tune in to 96.9 Boston Talks on Memorial Day as I pinch hit for Michele McPhee from 6-10 p.m. What should I discuss with the listeners?
Chicagoland readers! I will be speaking at DePaul University in Chicago, Illinois on February 9th on the topic of the American Left. The lecture will be held in Munroe 114-116 at 7 p.m. and is free and open to the public. That means come out and hear me talk. The sponsors of the event are Young America's Foundation and the DePaul College Republicans.
Tune in to 96.9 Boston Talks this week from 6-10 p.m. to hear me filling in for Michele McPhee. Register at their site to listen live if you are outside of the Boston area. I talked about the underwear bomber, the God gap between New England and the rest of America, and MTV's The Jersey Shore last night. What topics should I discuss in the coming nights?
UPDATE: I will be is guest hosting for Jay Severin from 2-6 p.m. on New Year's Eve on 96.9 Boston Talks.
I had the great honor of speaking to an Army Special Forces unit this weekend in Springfield, Massachusetts. I have spoken to groups at Harvard, Stanford, Duke, and other top universities, but I have never addressed as important an audience as these warriors. I'm certain that some of the students I've addressed over the years will make history. These guys are making history right now. Some of the soldiers have experienced three deployments to Afghanistan since 9/11. With the president's troop surge, they will endure yet another deployment sometime next year. My sense is that the public grasps how hard it is to be a soldier. What often gets overlooked is how hard it is to be in a soldier's family. Deployments transform stable families into single-parent families for months at a time. Parental duties normally shared are shouldered by the stateside parent when the soldier is deployed abroad. Shoveling snow, driving the kids to swimming lessons, grocery shopping, and other formerly shared tasks singularly fall upon the soldier's spouse. It's difficult, and the prolonged separations often lead to permanent separation. A study released late last month showed that the divorce rate in the military has skyrocketted since 9/11. The grim casualty figures remind us of the obvious cost of war. Missed in all this is the terrible price so many American families pay. This past year, more than 500 servicemen and women lost their lives in Afghanistan and Iraq. More than 25,000 soldiers, sailors, airmen, and Marines lost their families through divorce.
I will be filling in for Michele McPhee on 96.9 Boston Talks tonight (Friday) from 6-10 p.m. In addition to tonight's appearance, I will be back on 96.9's airwaves on Wednesday, November 24 from 6-10 p.m. and Friday, November 26 from 6-10 p.m. If 96.9's powerful FM signal doesn't reach you, click on the listen live button here. So, readers: what topics should I discuss on the radio tonight?
Join me over the airwaves tomorrow night on Boston's Talk Evolution 96.9 WTKK. I will be guest hosting the Michele McPhee Show on Tuesday, October 6 from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. That's right. The show has been extended one hour (WTKK has tweaked their format to give listeners in New England even more--15 hours a weekday to be exact--live and local radio. In an age of one-size-fits-all piped in radio, this is outstanding.). To listen to the show live click on the "listen live" button at WTKK's website. So, loyal readers: What topics should I discuss with the loyal listeners?
I sat for an extensive interview this week for the television program of the Berkshire County Republican Club. Topics in the wide-ranging discussion include ObamaCare, Ted Kennedy's legacy, and corruption in one-party Massachusetts. To watch the broadcast, click on the link here.
Tune in to Boston's Talk Evolution 96.9 WTKK tonight to listen to me as I fill-in for Michele McPhee. If for some strange reason you live outside of the Hub of the Universe, click the "listen live" button on WTKK's website to listen live from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. tonight. What should I be talking about on the air?
I will be filling in for Michele McPhee on Labor Day from 7-10 p.m. on Boston's Talk Evolution, 96.9 WTKK. If you are beyond WTKK's powerful FM signal, click the "listen live" button at WTKK's website to, well, listen live. Readers: What should I be discussing with the listeners?
I will be substituting for Michele McPhee on Friday, August 14 from 7-10 p.m. on Boston's Talk Evolution, 96.9 WTKK. For those outside of the reach of WTKK's powerful frequency range, click the listen live button at WTKK's website. Barring a lack of discipline on my part, which has been known to happen, I will be concentrating on this and other non-FlynnFiles projects for the next two days. With that in mind, what topics do you think are worth discussing on Friday night's program?
I will be guest hosting the Michele McPhee Show on Boston's Talk Evolution 96.9 WTKK from 7-10 p.m. this Friday evening. Listeners outside of the range of 96.9's powerful FM signal, don't fret. You can listen live to the program by clicking on the "listen live" button at WTKK's website. Readers: what should I discuss with the listeners on Friday's show?
Tune in to the Dennis Prager Show today at 11 a.m. Pacific/2 p.m. Eastern to hear me discuss my article on Jonestown. Though I wrote it last November, the piece continues to get linked and draw interest, as the Prager invite attests. It is reassuring to discover that I'm not alone in finding it peculiar that Bay Area political celebrities--Willie Brown, Harvey Milk, George Moscone, Huey Newton, Angela Davis--buddied up to a man who orchestrated the deaths of more than 900 people only to have the seedy alliance tossed down the memory hole. Mark Taylor will be guest hosting. Click the "listen live" button on this page to, well, listen live.
On Friday, July 3, I will be filling in for Michele McPhee from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Boston's Talk Evolution 96.9 WTKK. Tune in to 96.9's strong FM signal in Boston and the surrounding environ. Outside New England? No problem. Click on listen live at their website to, well, listen live. So, information junkies, I ask you: what shall I talk about this Friday night?
I will be guest hosting on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Boston's Talk Evolution 96.9 WTKK. If you live in the Greater Boston area, tune in to 96.9 to hear me substitute for Joe & Huggy on Saturday morning. If you are beyond the reach of WTKK's strong FM signal, listen live here.
I will be speaking at the University of North Carolina-Greensboro this Thursday, April 16. If you live in the area, I encourage you to attend the event, which is free and open to the public. The 7:30 p.m. lecture takes place in Room 200, otherwise known as the Wachovia Room, of the Sullivan Science Building. The lecture topic is Why the Left Hates America. The UNC-Greensboro College Republicans and Young America's Foundation are the sponsors.
Listen in to Boston's Talk Evolution 96.9 WTKK this Friday (4/10) from 7-10 p.m. and the following Monday (4/13) from 7-10 p.m. as I guest host. If you're outside of WTKK's strong FM signal, which I have heard in Providence, Worcester, and points beyond, then click on the listen live button at WTKK's website. So radio-listening blog commenters, what topics should I devote time to on the radio?
I will be guest hosting on Boston's Talk Evolution, 96.9 WTKK, on Friday from 7-10 p.m. For listeners outside of the radius of WTKK's strong FM signal, click on the "listen live" button at WTKK's website to hear me over the internet. So, what's worth talking about?
Listen for me in the third hour of today's Savage Nation, America's third largest radio program. Michael Savage has inaugurated a new feature on his program that features outside guests delivering a report on a hot topic. So, for a good seven minutes or so, I'll have the airwaves all to myself talking about Uncle Ted's return to the senate and niece Caroline's heavy-handed entrance into the senate. Tune in.
I will be guest hosting for Michele McPhee on Boston's Talk Evolution 96.9 WTKK from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Friday, December 26 and Wednesday, December 31. If WTKK's strong FM signal does not reach you, please listen live online.
Listen to me on the radio this weekend on Boston's Talk Evolution 96.9 WTKK. I will be filling-in for Michele McPhee tonight (Friday) from 7-10 p.m. and again tomorrow (Saturday) from 8-10 a.m. To quote Elvis, not the King but the one from England with oversized glasses, you had better do as you are told, you better listen to the radio. If WTKK's strong FM signal does not reach you, listen live here.
I will be guest hosting for the talented and wonderful Michelle McPhee later this week on Boston's Talk Evolution 96.9 WTKK. Readers will get a chance to listen on Thursday, December 11 from 7-10 p.m., on Friday, December 12 from 7-10 p.m., and on Saturday, December 13 from 8-10 a.m. As always, I welcome reader suggestions on what subjects I should cover. I also invite, nay, encourage Boston-area readers to tune in to 96.9 WTKK and direct readers outside of WTKK's strong signal to listen live on WTKK's website.
On Friday, November 28 from 9 a.m. to noon I will be substituting for Michael Graham on Boston's Talk Evolution 96.9 WTKK. The following day, from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m., I will be guest hosting for Michelle McPhee. If you're in New England and receive WTKK's powerful FM signal, tune in. If you are outside the reach of WTKK's radio waves, click the "listen live" button here to, well, listen live. Any suggestions for subjects to discuss on the air are welcome in the comments section.
I will be guest hosting for author/reporter/radio host Michelle McPhee on Boston's Talk Evolution 96.9 WTKK tonight from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. If you are outside of WTKK's powerful FM signal, do not fret--their signal through the world wide web is, well, world wide. Listen live here.
Hear ye! Hear ye! I will be guest hosting for Michelle McPhee on Saturday from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. on Boston's Talk Evolution 96.9 WTKK. Turn on and tune in, dropouts. Did I say "dropouts"? I meant "drop in," or perhaps "drop by," but I certainly would never, ever call you a "drop out." Spread the word. For those outside of TKK's far-reaching frequency, listen live online here. I have some ideas about what I should talk about. Do you have any?
Tune in to Boston's Talk Evolution 96.9 WTKK on Saturday, September 27 from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. I will be guest hosting once again for the wonderful and talented crime writer Michelle McPhee. There is, thankfully, no dearth of topics to discuss, from John McCain's dramatic suspension of his campaign, to Friday night's presidential debate--presuming it happens--to the $700 billion reverse bank robbery. Listen live here.
Did you like what you heard when I guest hosted for Michelle McPhee a week or so back? Well, I will be returning to WTKK's airwaves on Saturday, September 13 from 8-10 a.m. So here's your chance to get a second helping, or, if you skipped the first serving, to get your first taste of yours truly guest hosting a radio show. In the Boston area, the strong signal of WTKK is found at 96.9 on the FM band. Points beyond, check out the "listen live" button on WTKK's website to hear my broadcast.
On Saturday, I will be guest hosting for the talented Michelle McPhee from 9-11 a.m. on WTKK in Boston. Jumping from guest to guest host is a really exciting opportunity for me. Be sure to tune in to 96.9 on the FM band if you live in the Boston area. For those outside of the Boston area, there is a "listen live" button on WTKK's site. If you can't wait so long to get your fix of me on the airwaves, Howie Carr's interview of me from Wednesday appears here.
I spent a great afternoon with the students participating in Young America's Foundation's National Conservative Student Conference on Tuesday. My speech, which focused on the illusion of "newness" surrounding leftist ideas and the dangerous delusion that the millenium can be ushered in through human agency, was well received. It's difficult to successfully weave a narrative about past events into a discussion that has present-day relevance. I hope that is what my talk did. Following the lecture, there was a massive book signing. My hand hurt at the end, which, strangely, was a good feeling. Best of all, C-SPAN carried my message to a national television audience. My experience tracking sales on Amazon following my appearances on various television programs suggests that C-SPAN is the best for moving books. I sense that this is because people who watch C-SPAN are more likely to be readers and, rather than a five-minute drive-by interview, a C-SPAN lecture allows me to more fully discuss the themes within a book. Thank you for watching if you tuned in. If you didn't, C-SPAN generally rebroadcasts speeches, but because by necessity they schedule their programming on the fly I might not be able to announce the rebroadcast with much notice. That's the bad news. The good news is that Young America's Foundation also taped the speech, which can be viewed anytime on their website. Happy viewing!
C-SPAN will broadcast my lecture on A Conservative History of the American Left on Tuesday, August 5 at 2:30 p.m. Tune in and watch live! The lecture is part of Young America's Foundation's National Conservative Student Conference, which is streaming live at the Foundation's website. Other speakers you may be interested in watching include the New York Times' David Brooks, George Mason University's Walter Williams, and National Review editor Rich Lowry--and that's just from tomorrow's schedule.
I blog from Santa Barbara, California--in the office behind the fourth window from the right on the second floor of this building to be exact. I flew from Boston to Santa Barbara via LAX last night. It amazes me that my ticket across the country cost $400 while my cab fare across Santa Barbara cost more than a tenth of that. I'm also happily stunned that both of my American Airlines flights made it into the sky with all of the rigamarole surrounding the inspections that are grounding so many flights. Surely the aviation gods smile upon me. I am in Santa Barbara for a Young America's Foundation retreat with a couple dozen of their best activists. This marks the first time that I will give a talk on A Conservative History of the American Left. How does one compress hundreds of years of history in a twenty-five minute talk? One doesn't, I think is the right answer. This also marks my first trip to the Reagan Ranch, which has become a pilgrimage site for the American Right. I am excited. In my final days working for Young America's Foundation, the idea of purchasing the Reagan Ranch was floated. It sounded interesting, but I wondered to what end. Eleven years later, the Foundation, with the purchase and protection of this landmark, has elevated itself as the guardian of the Reagan legacy and an umbrella group on the Right. When I labored for the Foundation in mid-'90s, and I really did labor, their budget hovered around $5 million. They now boast an annual budget approaching $20 million. What changed? The two factors in the boon seem to be that I left and they bought the Reagan Ranch.
I speak tonight at Connecticut College at 8 p.m. in the 1941 Room of the Crozier Williams Student Union. If you're in the area, drop by. The last time I spoke at Connecticut College, a mob of students began shouting whenever I said something that they objected to, which happened quite frequently. One student stood to obstruct the podium for the duration of the speech. I hope for a more civil reception tonight.
I was scheduled to give a talk this Monday at Mercy High School in Farmington Hills, Michigan. But I won't be speaking. The school's principal rather abruptly cancelled the invitation.
The student pro-life club invited me to speak on Margaret Sanger, who, apart from founding Planned Parenthood, was a rather outspoken racist, an anti-Catholic bigot, and an enthusiast of concentration camps, eugenics, and forced sterilization. One would think that Sanger, and not someone criticizing Sanger, would be controversial at a Catholic school. Alas, the topsy-turvy world of Catholic education offers many surprises.
Carolyn Witte, the school's principal, lamely rationalizes her decision by noting that the "content" of my speech, of which she has no idea, "could be misunderstood." By such standards, every speech might be banned. Last year the school attempted to block a student-led 9/11 memorial by claiming that the flags the students intended to hang outdoors were a fire-hazard--a characterization the local fire department found laughable. In its efforts to silence speech it dislikes, the school's administration is setting a horrible example for its students.
Mercy is a private high school. It's not a college. It's not tax funded. The standards on free speech, then, differ from, say, Michigan State. Had they not wanted me to speak, they had every right to do so prior to contracting with Young America's Foundation to host me. But once an agreement is reached, disinviting a speaker becomes a breach of contract. I purchased plane tickets. I coaxed a relative to take off work and mind my son in my absence. I prepared a speech that I have never given before. My student hosts, and Young America's Foundation, also put quite a bit of work into organizing the event. But, because liberal administrators wish to shield a liberal icon, all that work and money has gone down the drain.
There is a rather inglorious side to Margaret Sanger that gets pushed into the dark. I was hoping to put some light onto it at Mercy High School. That it's not safe to offer criticism of an abortion-rights icon at a Catholic high school demonstrates why the mythology surrounding Planned Parenthood's founder has persisted for so long.
On Monday, April 24, I speak at Kutztown University on the themes addressed in Why the Left Hates America. The talk takes place at 7 p.m. in the Boehm Science Center. The event is sponsored by Young America's Foundation and KU's College Republicans. It is free and open to the public. FlynnFiles readers in southeastern Pennsylvania are encouraged to attend.
Flynn Files readers on Long Island and in upstate New York are invited to attend my area lectures. On Thursday, April 13, I speak at Skidmore College on Why the Left Hates America. My talk takes place at 7 p.m. in Gannet Auditorium. On April 26, I speak at Stony Brook University (details to follow). Both events are free, open to the public, and sponsored by Young America's Foundation.
FlynnFiles readers in Oregon are invited to attend my lectures in the Beaver State next week. On Monday, April 10, I speak at Oregon State University in Corvallis. My lecture, sponsored by the OSU Student Alliance, will take place at 6:30 p.m. in the Memorial Union Lounge. The following day, April 11, I speak at Portland State University. My lecture, sponsored by the PSU College Republicans, takes place at 12:30 p.m. in the Multicultural Center. Both events are free, open to the public, sponsored by Young America's Foundation, and focus on the themes addressed in Why the Left Hates America.
I will be speaking tomorrow at Accuracy in Academia's Capitol Hill conference, The Ivory Tower's War on the Military. My remarks take place at 11 a.m. on the Senate side of the U.S. Capitol in SC-4. Although I served as an enlisted Marine in the Reserves, I have been involved in the battle to gain access to the campuses for the Reserve Officer Training Corps for more than a decade. I'll discuss that battle, as well as the history of academia's hostility to ROTC and students who serve, in my talk. DC-area FlynnFilers, contact AIA for details and to RSVP.
FlynnFiles readers are invited to attend my speech this Thursday at Boston College. The talk, covering the themes addressed in Why the Left Hates America, will take place on March 23 at 7:00 p.m. in Merkert Hall, Room 127. Young America's Foundation and the BC College Republicans are the sponsors of the event. Following the lecture, I'll have some books to sign. Introduce yourself if you are a FlynnFiles reader.
I speak at Hobart and William Smith Colleges on Thursday, September 29. My lecture takes place at 7 p.m. and will be held in Albright Auditorium. The lecture topic is Why the Left Hates America. The event, which is sponsored by Young America's Foundation and the HWSC College Republicans, is free and open to the public. If you live in the Finger Lakes region of upstate New York, I hope to see you at the event.
C-SPAN2 will reair the Great Books to Read in College panel that I moderated at Young America's Foundation's National Conservative Student Conference in August. The rebroadcast will occur at 4 p.m. on Sunday, September 11. Jonah Goldberg called the panel "a serious, humane and highly intellectual discussion about books and their importance." About my take on the history of conservative books, he added, "Flynn...got just about everything exactly right. I also think he was basically right that conservative books have gotten a lot worse in the last decade." I agree with him. I think Jonah got just about everything exactly right about me getting just about everything exactly right. I also think he was basically right in saying that I was basically right that conservative books have gotten a lot worse in the last decade. (My apologies for the silliness of these last few lines. I promise to refrain for the next two sentences.) The panelists--Regnery's Marjory Ross, Spence's Mitch Muncy, and Doubleday's Adam Bellow--recommended some great books for the assembled students, while I outlined the paradox of greater opportunities for conservative authors corresponding with a declining product for conservative readers. Sit-in on the discussion at 4 p.m. Sunday on C-SPAN2 to understand why Jonah Goldberg said that the panel "made me very proud of conservatism as a movement." Chiggity-check it out.
I will be on C-SPAN today at 3 p.m. (EDT) moderating a panel on "Great Books to Read in College." I will be making about five minutes of opening remarks at 3 p.m., introducing the three panelists, and facilitating the question and answer period. The event is part of Young America's Foundation's National Conservative Student Conference.
Last fall, a crew from Penn & Teller's program on Showtime followed me around Boston for a few hours. The episode that they interviewed me for, entitled "College," airs tonight at 10 p.m. on the pay network. Tune in. Barring any ill-advised edits that leave me on the cutting-room floor, I should appear as a talking-head on the irreverent documentary-style show.
I speak tonight at Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota. The Carleton Conservative Union hosts the speech. Carleton, of course, was where Paul Wellstone taught political science prior to putting his classroom know-how to work on the campaign trail. The lecture takes place at 7 p.m. in Boliou Hall. On Tuesday, May 17, I'll be giving a talk at the University of Oregon in Eugene. My hosts are the College Republicans. That lecture takes place at 8 p.m. in Lillis 211. The subject of both talks is Why the Left Hates America. Both events are free, open to the public, and sponsored by Young America's Foundation. If you're a FlynnFiles reader who lives near Northfield, Minnesota or Eugene, Oregon, come out to show your support (I'll need it) and be sure to introduce yourself.
I speak at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst tonight at 7 p.m. in room 163-C of the Campus Center. The speech will be on the themes addressed in Intellectual Morons: How Ideology Makes Smart People Fall for Stupid Ideas. A book signing will follow. On May 12, I speak at Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota and five days later I speak at the University of Oregon in Eugene. More information on times and room locations to follow. FlynnFiles readers in the areas of the lectures are encouraged to attend. All events are free, open to the public, and sponsored by Young America's Foundation.
I encourage FlynnFiles readers in the Bay State to attend one of my two lectures in the next week. On Thursday, April 21, the College Republicans of Smith College in Northampton sponsor my talk on Why the Left Hates America. The event will take place in McConnell 103 at 8 p.m. On Monday, April 25, the College Republicans of Emmanuel College in Boston host my lecture on the same topic. The event will be held on campus in the AMR meeting room on the second floor of the administration building. It begins at 7:30 p.m. Both events are sponsored by Young America's Foundation and will be followed by a book signing. Stay tuned to FlynnFiles for details on upcoming lectures at UMass-Amherst and Carleton College.
I appear tonight on the 700 Club, discussing left-wing bias and intolerance on the college campuses. In addition to book-writing and blogging, I work for the Leadership Institute's Campus Leadership Program, which actually does something about the lack of intellectual balance on college campuses. A few of the students in the piece are active in our programs. The 700 Club is aired on ABC's Family Channel at 11 p.m. (eastern). If you miss seeing the segment when it runs, CBN News has a print piece related to the visual piece that airs today.
C-SPAN conducted a brief interview with me on Intellectual Morons at the Conservative Political Action Conference. It runs about four minutes, and should air this weekend. Tonight, I appear on MSNBC's Hardball. I'll be debating left-wing bias and intolerance on college campuses. Hardball starts at 7 p.m. (Eastern), and my understanding is that my segment will air later during the program. On Saturday, I'll be signing copies of Intellectual Morons at CPAC.
I blog from Ann Arbor, Michigan, where the group I direct, the Campus Leadership Program, is hosting a retreat for conservative students. The weekend event follows seven lectures in four days in three states. My lecture at the University of Wisconsin-Madison highlighted the week. A few liberals in the overflow crowd looked upon me, mouths agape, the way I stare at zebras at the zoo (Could zebras be more common than conservatives in Madison?).
My week on the road ends today. I'm excited about introducing young people to one of my favorite pieces of writing, The Law, in a book discussion at the retreat. The basic point of the slim volume is made in a few short lines: "But how is this legal plunder to be identified? Quite simply. See if the law takes from some persons what belongs to them, and gives it to other persons to whom it does not belong. See if the law benefits one citizen at the expense of another by doing what the citizen himself cannot do without committing a crime." Frederic Bastiat's ability to make a complicated point simple is perhaps the best explanation for The Law's enduring popularity a century-and-a-half after it was written. A majority of current government activity would fail Bastiat's litmus test.
The aforementioned passage is the most quoted from The Law for good reason. But since that's everyone's favorite, I thought I'd highlight a more overlooked line: "If the natural tendencies of mankind are so bad that it is not safe to permit people to be free, how is it that the tendencies of these organizers are always good?" That's the question that planners and do-gooders should have to answer before embarking upon any one of their numerous schemes.
I have seven campus speeches in the next four days. If you live in Wisconsin, Indiana, or Michigan, please come out to one of the lectures and introduce yourself. The Campus Leadership Program, of which I am the director, organized the lectures through its growing network of student groups.
On Monday, I speak at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside at noon (Greenquist Hall, Room 103) and at the University of Wisconsin-Madison at 7 p.m. (Memorial Union, Old Madison Room). On Tuesday, I speak at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee at noon (Union Room 191) and at Notre Dame at 8:30 p.m. (DeBartolo Hall, Room 141). On Wednesday, I speak at Ball State at 7 p.m. (Student Center, Room 301). On Thursday, I speak at the Thomas Cooley School of Law in Lansing, Michigan at 4 p.m. and at Michigan State in East Lansing at 7:30 p.m. (Wells Hall, B102). The last time I spoke at Michigan State, an overseer of a campus building threatened me with arrest if I spoke. I'm hoping the reception this time is more tolerant.
I speak at Kalamazoo College tonight on Intellectual Morons at 7 p.m. in Dalton Theater. On February 2, I speak at the University of Vermont on Intellectual Morons at 7 p.m. in the Ira Allen Chapel. Both events are free, open to the public, and sponsored by Young America's Foundation (which is also sponsoring this student essay contest on my book). If you're a reader of FlynnFiles and in the area of Kalamazoo, Michigan or Burlington, Vermont, I encourage you to come to an event and introduce yourself.
I spoke at Rutgers University Wednesday night to a crowd of about seventy-five. If you recall, Rutgers was recently the site of a massive newspaper theft of a humor publication that had offended campus feminists. The school's reputation is left-wing, but I encountered an audience quite receptive to my message and departed with an empty book box.
The conservative student publication at the school, The Centurion, has run into some trouble of its own. You see, they have no faculty advisor because they haven't found a single professor who will agree do it. Think I'm joking? The Centurion recently researched the Federal Election Commission's reports on the recent election, and found that for every $1 Rutgers employees gave to George W. Bush, they gave $104 to John Kerry.
"I'm a Marxist, a socialist, a feminist, and a pragmatic postmodernist," admits History Professor James Livingston, until recently the paper's advisor. Livingston, despite obvious political disagreements with The Centurion, initially agreed to be the paper's advisor--but at the cost of the publication giving him a page in each issue to air his thoughts. This didn't work out, and the two parties have gone their separate ways.
While there's nothing wrong with student groups having a faculty advisor, requiring one seems in some cases discriminatory--at least at a place like Rutgers, where campaign giving for the Democrats' presidential candidate outpaced giving to the Republican by a factor of more than one-hundred. For even the Marxist, socialist, feminist, pragmatic postmodernist former faculty advisor of The Centurion admits: "By now we all know that the pilot disciplines in the Arts & Sciences are dominated by leftists of one kind or another."
I welcome FlynnFiles readers in the fire-engine red states of Georgia and Tennessee to attend one of my lectures this Thursday. At 12:15 p.m., I speak at Emory University School of Law in room 1B of the law building. The event is sponsored by the Federalist Society. Later that evening, I lecture at Lee University in Cleveland, Tennessee at 7 p.m. Young America's Foundation sponsors that event.
C-SPAN taped my lecture at Colby College on Wednesday. C-SPAN2's Book TV will be airing it several times within the coming days, including October 31 at 6:30 a.m., and November 1 at 9:00 a.m. and 5:30 p.m.
Young America's Foundation sponsored the event, which ran about an hour and fifteen minutes. The eighty to one-hundred students who attended were generally civil, but they made some really out-there statements in response to the lecture. You'll understand when you watch the broadcast. Claims that Communism has never failed because it has never been tried and audible gasps at my labeling the 9/11 terrorists "barbarians" were among the foolish responses audience members had during the question and answer session. The lecture itself focused the main themes within Intellectual Morons. I had a lot of fun at the event, and hopefully you'll have a lot of fun watching the event.
If you're near Waterville, Maine, come to hear me speak tonight at Colby College. The address starts at 7 p.m., and takes place in Page Commons. On Thursday, I speak at MIT in Cambridge, Massachusetts. This event also begins at 7 p.m. It's being held in building four, room 270. Who'd have thought they'd use numbers rather than names to label buildings at MIT?
If you're a radio listener and get the Howie Carr Show in your area, I will be appearing on that program on Thursday at 5:30 p.m. C-SPAN has expressed interest in covering the Colby speech. In promoting Why the Left Hates America, I really discovered C-SPAN's power. My appearance on the network did more to sell books than any other single piece of publicity. The day following the Colby lecture, Penn & Teller's Bullsh*t! will be interviewing me for an upcoming program. They'll be shooting at my MIT lecture as well, which is an additional reason to attend the talk. I'm a fan of the show, so I'm hoping they treat me kindly.
I do communicate with the world via means other than my computer. Specifically, I give several dozen lectures on campuses during the school year. I encourage my readers to come and say hi in person.
I'll be speaking at Accuracy in Media's monthly noon luncheon on October 21 in Washington, DC. The following week, I'll deliver a lecture at Colby College in Waterville, Maine on October 27 in Page Commons at 7 p.m. The next night, I venture into Noam Chomsky's home turf, MIT, to speak. I travel to Bel Air, Maryland on November 3 to lecture at Hartford Community College. On November 11, the Federalist Society will be sponsoring my lecture at Emory University School of Law in the early afternoon and later that evening Young America's Foundation will be sponsoring my talk at Lee University in Cleveland, Tennessee. On November 16, I give an address at High Point University in High Point, North Carolina. As events get added to the calendar, I'll post updates. If you live in the general vicinity of any of these events, come to a lecture. I hope to see you there.
I'll be making dozens of radio appearances on stations around the country to promote Intellectual Morons in the coming days. I kicked things off on KABC's Al Rantel Show last night in LA. Wednesday morning I'll appear on KSFO's Morning Show in San Francisco at 7 a.m. PDT, WDUN's Martha Zoeller Show in Atlanta at 11 a.m. EDT, and KMSR's Kevin McCarthy Show in Dallas at 11 a.m. CDT. Tomorrow's appearances include an in-studio interview with the G. Gordon Liddy at 1 p.m. EDT, and phone interviews with KMSR's David Gold Show at 3:30 p.m. CDT and WRKO's Howie Carr Show at 5:30 p.m. EDT. If you don't get these shows in your area, you can listen to my discussion with Greg Allen of The Right Balance tomorrow over the world wide web. Stay tuned to FlynnFiles for what radio stations--more shows will be added to this schedule shortly--you should stay tuned to for hearing about Intellectual Morons.
I won't be on The O'Reilly Factor tonight, after all. I was informed this evening that O'Reilly would be postponing the interview. This is television, and these things happen. Hopefully, a date will be rescheduled soon. When it is, I'll let you know immediately. On the brighter side, there are several dozen radio interviews I have scheduled. I'll have a listing of some of the dates, times, and programs that I'll appear on in a post shortly.
Intellectual Morons: How Ideology Makes Smart People Fall for Stupid Ideas is released tomorrow. To kick off the national publicity campaign, I'm scheduled to appear on The O'Reilly Factor on the Fox News Channel on Tuesday night. The show starts at 8:00 p.m. EDT. Be sure to tune in to FNC on Tuesday, and be sure to check back to FlynnFiles.com for information on media appearances, reviews, lectures, book signings, etc.
I appeared on CNN this afternoon to discuss Ted Kennedy's name appearing on a no-fly list. I have long supported efforts to put the senator on a no-drive list, but even as steadfast an opponent of the Massachusetts liberal as myself has no problem with him flying--so long as he's just a passenger. My debating partner was, of all people, former Republican Congressman Bob Barr (buy his new book here). A couple years back the congressman argued on my side when I appeared opposite Susan Sarandon and Tim Robbins on Phil Donahue's ill-fated MSNBC show. We differed, however, in our approach to airport security.
Basically, my position on the Kennedy controversy is that there's no real controversy. Kennedy got hassled by security at an airport like millions of other Americans. Ted, welcome to the real world. Despite talk of his name appearing on a no-fly list, in no instance did the Transportation Security Agency prevent Senator Kennedy from flying.
I'm still a bit unclear whether Bob Barr objected to the whole idea of no-fly lists, or just this no-fly list. Barr argued that it's three years after 9/11 and the government still hasn't gotten its act together. There are instances in which this criticism seems fair. The big picture, however, is that it's three years after 9/11 and al Qaeda still has not been able to mount another major act of terrorism within our borders. This is not because the terrorists have stopped trying or had a change of heart about America. This is because more stringent security measures, including this imperfect no-fly list, have made it harder for the terrorists to execute their plans.
Are you a fan of Tucker Carlson? He's the guy with the bowtie on CNN's Crossfire. You may have also read his articles in the Weekly Standard. Along with Matt Labash, he is the only person closely associated with that magazine that I know of who has come out against the war in Iraq. He also hosts a new show on PBS called Tucker Carlson: Unfiltered. I will be appearing as a guest on the program this Friday evening. The main guest, I am told, will be Paul Krugman. After Carlson interviews Krugman, I will appear with another panelist and the host to discuss a number of issues. Be sure to check your local listings and tune in this Friday night.
Numerous DC-area speaking opportunities have come my way in recent weeks. Two stand out. First, I'll be leading a book discussion of Bastiat's The Law on Monday. If you haven't read The Law, I've read it for you several times. I'm reading it again this weekend. Second, I'll be addressing Young America's Foundation's annual summer conference at a banquet on Tuesday evening. It's a students/interns-only event held at George Washington Universtity. I get to preview some of the themes that constitute Intellectual Morons, which comes out on September 21. I'm excited. Students at various colleges across the country comprise the audience. Within a few years, many attendees will be working within journalism, government, academia, and other opinion-shaping institutions. They are truly very important people, even if they don't come across that way now.
Through the power of the telephone, I spent an hour last night on radios across Southern California through KABC's Al Rantel Show. We discussed Michael Moore's Fahrenheit 9/11, and then moved to the broader theme of the anti-American impulse on the Left that I covered in Why the Left Hates America. A couple of fringe types called in to the show, and Al did a clever thing. He posed a question, something like: Who served as the greater threat, menace, danger to the world, Saddam Hussein or George W. Bush? Neither caller could bring themselves to say Saddam, nor could they, if I heard correctly, opt for Osama bin Laden when his name was substituted for Hussein's.
Think of how much you despise the terrorist Osama bin Laden or the tyrant Saddam Hussein. Many American leftists harbor that same hate for George W. Bush. I know this not merely because two talk-radio callers said as much to Al Rantel. I know this from interviewing hundreds of anti-war protestors, many of whom have said the same thing to me. However much John Kerry rubs you the wrong way, you would have to be out of your mind to draw a moral equivalence between him and Saddam Hussein or him and Osama bin Laden. Kerry's hardcore base, however, imagines similarities between America's president, on the one hand, and al Qaeda's leader and the most famous defendant in Iraq, on the other.
This is just something to think about as November approaches.
I'll appear as a guest on The Al Rantel Show on KABC in Los Angeles tonight at 6 p.m. on the West Coast. We'll be discussing Michael Moore's Fahrenheit 9/11, which I saw tonight in a packed theater of true believers in the Chevy Chase section of DC. I'll post my take on the film later today, so check back in to FlynnFiles for that. Al Rantel is an independent-minded conservative, and I always enjoy the intelligent discussion on his program. If you get KABC, tune in this evening.
I welcome readers of FlynnFiles.com to attend my lectures. Leadership Institute's Campus Leadership Program will be holding a lecture event for interns around our nation's capital on July 6, where I will discuss my forthcoming book Intellectual Morons and campus activism. I'll also be speaking at Leadership Institute's Student Publications School on July 31. I'm a veteran of a student publication at UMass, so I'm always eager to interact with students who do what I was doing a decade ago. They are far more advanced and talented than we were. Accuracy in Academia will be hosting a Capitol Hill mini-conference for DC-area interns on July 8. Authors Ben Shapiro, Mike Adams, and myself will be speaking. The event runs from noon to 3 p.m. in the Cannon House Office Building, Room 121. I go on at about 1:30 p.m. and will give a preview of my new book (it comes out September 21) and field questions for about a half hour. I'll be speaking at Colby College in Maine on October 27 and High Point University in North Carolina on November 11. Both events are sponsored by Young America's Foundation, free, and open to the public. If you live in Maine or North Carolina, I look forward to meeting you at one of these events.
I just returned to Washington (the one with cheap crack and lots of monuments) from the other Washington (the one with apples and grunge music). My event last night at the University of Washington concluded my travels to campuses for the 2003-2004 school year. No hecklers, no disruptions--it was a nice way to end the year. I have spoken at 25 schools in 15 states since the start of the school year. While a few events this semester featured some uninvited shouting from audience members, things have quieted down since last semester--when I was shouted down by a mob, the focus of a 'hate speech' inquiry, and subjected to unstable leftists crying and swearing during my lectures.
I speak at the University of Washington tonight. The event will be held at 7 p.m. in Gowan 301. The lecture is free, open to the public, and sponsored by Young America's Foundation and the school's College Republicans. If you're in the Seattle area, come out to the lecture and introduce yourself. This is the last of more than twenty campus lectures I have given during the 2003-2004 school year.
I spoke at Ohio University last night to a packed room. During my talk, students were generally respectful. The question and answer period, however, brought out some angry responses, mild heckling, and upset students who left in a huff. It also produced some good dialogue. If there was any question that conservative ideas need a stronger presence at a place like Ohio University, this op-ed piece erased it.
I speak tonight at Ohio University, which is apparently the oldest university west of the Appalachians. The lecture takes place at 7 p.m. in the Baker University Center and is sponsored by Young America's Foundation and the school's College Republicans. The event is free and open to the public, so if you live in the area drop by. A campus columnist is upset with me even though I haven't stepped foot on campus yet. It should be an interesting time.
I'm back. I had a successful trip to Ithaca College and Tulane University. At Ithaca, a professor heckled me throughout the question and answer period. Ironically, this was his way of objecting to my speech on the lack of intellectual diversity and tolerance on college campuses. The Tulane College Republicans sponsored me as part of its "Conservative Awareness Week," which curiously was mirrored by liberal events paid for by the school throughout the week. A Black Panther activist, for instance, spoke the evening of my talk, and Tulane hosted Molly Ivins earlier in the week.
Tulane is one of the prettier campuses in the South. It is located in the best neighborhood of any campus I have been to, and I've spoken at about 100 schools. An earlier visit to New Orleans prompted me to view it as one of the filthiest, most crime-ridden, disgusting cities in the United States. I've done a 180. The garden district and uptown New Orleans feature some of the prettiest homes and most beautiful architecture in America. There is more to New Orleans than the French Quarter.
Tomorrow I travel to Ithaca College. My speech will be held at 7:30 p.m. in Textor Hall. On Wednesday, I speak at Tulane University at 6:00 p.m. in Jones Hall Room 306. Both events are free, open to the public, and sponsored by Young America's Foundation.
The idea works a little better in theory than it does in practice. The theory holds that a dearth of liberals in talk radio means that the market is ripe for alternative perspectives to the dominant conservatism. This doesn't sound particularly outlandish. But this theory has been tested before. Ask Jim Hightower or Mario Cuomo how their radio careers are going, and you begin to understand that liberalism just isn't in demand among radio listeners. I'm all for new perspectives, but I'm not sure that the market agrees in this instance.
Besides, with liberals dominating the print press and television news, isn't an assault on talk radio by progressives a bit redundant?
I will visit six campuses in the eastern half of the United States over the next six weeks. Next week, I visit Canisius College in Buffalo on the 29th, Wesley College in Delaware on the 31st, and SUNY-Cortland on the 3rd. On April 13th I speak at Ithaca College, followed by an event at Tulane University the next day. My final lecture of the semester will most likely take place at Ohio University on May 5th. If you live near one of these schools, drop by. All of these lectures are sponsored by Young America's Foundation.
I spoke to a mostly conservative crowd of about 70 today at Gettysburg College. This lecture marks the first time that I tested out new material for the speech that will support my new book due to hit stores in September.
My speech fell between talks by two figures on the right that I greatly admire: Professor Paul Gottfried of Elizabethtown College and Texas Congressman Ron Paul. Other lectures at the Gettysburg Conservative Conference put on by the school's College Republicans focused on the Second Amendment and judicial tyranny. Despite redistricting placing him in the least Republican district of all incumbant Texas Republican House members, Congressman Paul reported that he has no opponent this Fall. This is good news to authentic conservatives and bad news to phonies and liberals.
My upcoming travels to college campuses include lectures at Gettysburg College (PA) on February 28, Canisius College (NY) on March 29, Wesley College (DE) on March 31, and SUNY-Cortland (NY) on April 3. The events include a post-lecture book-signing, and are usually free and open to the public. Campus lectures are usually exciting, but I can't guarantee that book-burners or administrators looking to ban me will show up to every event.