He’s a lifelong Democrat, a prominent Harvard Law School professor and constitutional scholar who voted for Hillary Clinton in 2016.
And who are his “biggest enemies”? They’re not who you’d think.
“There’s no question. My biggest enemies are the hard left,” said Alan Dershowitz during an interview featured in the upcoming documentary “No Safe Spaces.” “The far left poses a far greater danger to the American future than the hard right.”
Dershowitz referenced concerns about the August 2017 rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, that featured neo-Nazis, Klan members and other white supremacists. The event turned deadly when a man rammed his car into a group of counter-protesters, killing one woman and injuring 19 more at Emancipation Park. The mix of political extremists included radicals aligned with Antifa, a black-clad, helmet-wearing group of self-described anarchists and revolutionary communists known for violence and threats. The crowd gathered in response to a city plan to remove a statue of Robert E. Lee as part of a nationwide push to tear down Confederate symbols.
As disturbing as the neo-Nazis’ views are, Dershowitz said those groups don’t concern him to the degree that the hard left does.
“I’m not worried about a few dozen people with swastikas who want to replace the Jews, because they’re our past,” Dershowitz explained. “They have no resonance on university campuses today.
“But the hard, hard left? Anti-Semitism, anti-Christianity, intolerance for speech. It’s the future. These are our leaders,” he lamented. “When I used to teach 150 students in my first year of criminal law, I’d look around and I’d say, ‘Future president. Future chief justice. Future editorial director of the New York Times. Future managing partner of Goldman Sachs. They’re our future. And that’s why we have to worry much more about what’s going on on university campuses than in Charlottesville.”
Watch Dershowitz’s comments:
How does Dershowitz explain the apparent lack of opposition to the hard left on American campuses?
“In 50 years of teaching at Harvard, Stanford, NYU, Hebrew University, you name it, I have never met a group of less courageous people in my whole life than tenured Harvard and tenured other professors,” he said. “They are so terrified of their own shadow. They don’t want to do anything that upsets a student.”
Rather, professors are concerned that students may give them negative class evaluations, and the poor reports will damage their social standing.
“They want their student evaluations to be very, very high. They want to be admitted to all the academic societies and clubs,” Dershowitz explained. “I have been blackballed from numerous of these organizations. I was the most highly regarded classroom teacher for years at Harvard until I started making these points. And then groups of students attacked my ratings. They would give me zero, zero, zero, zero in order to punish me for expressing my views.”
As WND reported, “No Safe Spaces,” featuring Dennis Prager and Adam Corolla, sponsored a poll that found 48 percent of Americans believe Nazis should be banned from campus, with 40 percent feeling the same about white supremacists, 32 percent about Holocaust deniers and 24 percent about communists. Millennials were slightly more likely to support banning Nazis from campus and slightly less likely to support banning communists. Prager said he was troubled by the poll, arguing that all speech, including so-called hate speech, is protected by the First Amendment to the Constitution.