As reported in "Librarians for Terror," by Lee Kaplan, FrontPage Magazine, 17 August 2004:
Dr. Stephen Karetzky, a noted librarian, wrote more than 20 years ago about the ALA's embracing, Soviet-style totalitarianism in the American library system in his book, Not Seeing Red: American Librarianship and the Soviet Union, 1917-1960. He contends that the ALA has always advanced radical socialist doctrine as being positive.... Library Science is closely tied in with today's university atmosphere where Marxism now thrives....
Is he right? Consider the following. It is not proof positive, but it may help to inform:
- Regarding socialized medicine: "ALA Council Endorses Legislative Proposals For Universal Health Care," American Library Association, 4 August 2009. Get a load of this excuse: "The ALA realizes that the rapidly rising cost of health-care benefits continues to inhibit the ability of libraries to create career opportunities for librarians and library workers, stunts improvements in wages and thereby threatens the future of our profession and our libraries." So the best medical system in the world is "threatening." This from the group that holds legally protecting children in public libraries threatens their First Amendment rights.
- Regarding gay marriage: "ALA Council Supports Marriage Rights For All," American Library Association, 4 August 2009. "In adopting the resolution, the council especially voiced its support of extending full civil marriage protections to all members of the library profession and library users." Ah! So now it the American Library Users Association! See also, "ALA 2009: The ALA Council and Same Sex Marriage," by Annoyed Librarian, Library Journal, 8 July 2009.
- Regarding animal cruelty depictions: "FTRF Urges Supreme Court to Reject Broad Speech Ban," American Library Association, 30 July 2009. See also my previous post, "ALA Supports Animal Cruelty Depictions; What Does This Have to Do With Libraries."
What say you?