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Check out this article from the Oregon St. University newspaper. Apparently, there is some Right Wing Student group on a kind of witchunt against "Communism" in the Oregon State curriculum. The quotes from these idiots are priceless: "There's a feeling within the group that the position being articulated today by most Democrats is a communist message"; "The University itself has a Marxist agenda"; "Getting a Republican governor elected in Oregon is difficult, Daghlian said, because many voters in larger cities such as Portland are liberal." What's next, a McCarthyite witchhunt for Reds in the closet?
Communism at Oregon State?

Members of the Western Counties Association say communism is an underlying issue in many classes

By Kelli Shillito
Barometer Staff Writer

The threat of communism may not be on the minds of most students, but a new group on campus is taking it seriously.

The regional political group Western Counties Association, formerly Northwest Anticommunists, is now over thirty members strong on campus, according to group founder Paul Daghlian.

"The University itself has a Marxist agenda," OSU liberal studies major and member Michael Thrift said.

He added that group members on campus meet in dorm rooms about twice each month for pizza parties and movies nights at which they "think of fundraising ideas, how to grow our member base and talk about candidates."

Former OSU student Paul Daghlian, of Enterprise, says the Western Counties Association has over 100 members in Oregon, Washington and Idaho.

Daghlian said calling themselves anticommunists was a "tongue-in-cheek" way of saying they were extremely right wing, and recently changed the name to Western Counties Association to attract a broader member base.

Thrift however, contends that the group is indeed against communism, which is an underlying influence in many classes, especially those that deal with conflict theories and, "definitely in philosophy classes."

Political science professor Richard Clinton disagrees with this belief.

"It's so silly. It sounds like something out of the '50s," Clinton said, disregarding the group's fundamental idea.

He added that, if the allegations of communism are in fact legitimate and the purpose of the group is anything beyond discussion alone, then "the whole idea is absurd, like lynch mobs and vigilante groups."

While Thrift mentioned the possibility of attempting to affiliate with Student Involvement, Daghlian said the group is not interested in this recognition, but does want to recruit more members on campus.

There are currently 16 political and social awareness groups affiliated with Student Involvement, and according to the Leadership Development Coordinator for Student Involvement Katie Wilson, a potential new student group's political stance is not the primary consideration during the application process.

The Student Involvement handbook for recognized student organizations states that, in order to be recognized, a group must not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, gender, sexual orientation, age and several other characteristics. There are no restrictions regarding discrimination on a political basis.

"We (Student Involvement and the Student Activities Committee) make sure they are in compliance with University policies," Wilson said, explaining the application process.

The Western Counties Association has not taken any steps toward affiliation, according to Dan Schwab, Student Activities Committee Faculty Chair.

Along with building its membership base on campus, another group objective is to influence elections, initially at the county level, and secure more positions for conservative Republicans.

"There's a feeling within the group that the position being articulated today by most Democrats is a communist message," Daghlian said, adding that his group promotes a "traditionalist, conservative agenda."

Getting a Republican governor elected in Oregon is difficult, Daghlian said, because many voters in larger cities such as Portland are liberal.

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Monitoring them is cool, but 16.Nov.2002 06:50

first things first

They are a pissy small town group. Are they worthy of this coverage?

It takes three huge western states to come up with what at most, fifty of them? And how many of those really care? Ten at most?

You can find that many anarchists lounging at Pioneer Square any weekday morning.

Don't worry about it.

First things first. Worry about yourselves. First rule of thumb. Do not be afraid.

they're frontin' 16.Nov.2002 15:20

oogabooga blat@fubar.net

From personal experience I know the Barometer is a conglomeration of students, faculty and special interests. The case of the communism article was some special interest group(s) trying to provoke the public at large. There is a very small but very strong conservative element here in Cvallis that likes to distract students and voters from the real issues at hand.

Watch out for "the Liberty" in Cvallis it's a rightwing Republican newsletter prolly funded by the same groups that put out the stupid commie article. -+- ooga

there's some truth to this... 17.Nov.2002 17:37

marshall forloveoflife76@hotmail.com

i'm an anarchist and i'll tell you that i'm damned tired of how full of marxists academia is. it's depressing and it makes me mad. something should be done about it. I'm trying to infuse a strain of anti-authoritarian sentiment into the scene, just to give young would-be activists another option, but something really does need to be done to hold commie profs accountable. they are paternalistic, manipulative, dishonest and fucking boring. being boring is an offense against life.

Marshall's got it right 11.Dec.2003 19:59

Paul Daghlian pablo_262@hotmail.com

I see it took an anarchist to recognize that communism, like its mother capitalism, is a bunch of shit. Who do think funded the communists? Why do you think it failed? Do you really think Reagan brought the Soviets down? Wall Street pulled the plug on the Soviets, because it didn't need the Reds anymore. If you want to see someone rip corporations a new one, why don't you read Pat Buchanan' s "The Great Betrayal"? I don't agree with Buchanan on everything, but he's right about multinational's being so much anti-American garbage. They aren't good for any other countries, either.

Paul Daghlian ( pablo_262@hotmail.com)