UPDATE: On the Radoshes
Funny thing, though. I originally wrote Daniel Radosh rather than Ronald. Daniel pointed that out in a bemused way. As a lefty, he went on to defend his "dear ol' neocon dad":
Nitpicker points out that my father is the guy who "once wrote that 'America is rent by two cultures,' the 'traditionalists' and 'self-described progressives steeped in existential depravity.'" And here my unqualified defense of dad is based not on the argument that this article, on the web site of the think tank he's affiliated with, is in any sense defensible (not with sentences like, "For them rap is music and manners are arbitrary rules," and "Can skateboarders convert insouciance into war-fighting ability?"), but rather on the fact that my father didn't write it, any more than I wrote Red Star Over Hollywood. Yes, it has his byline, but he assures me he's never even seen it before -- and it really doesn't sound like him. Some intern at the Hudson Institute is so about to get fired.I apologized for the mix-up, but said that, frankly, I wasn't buying the "some intern wrote that" line.
So, I called and e-mailed the Hudson Institute and left several messages for the webmaster. I was curious when, exactly, the article in question had been put up on the website. I also wanted to know who provided the webmaster with the article in the first place. I have received no response from the institute. It has been three weeks since my original post and the article has not been removed from the site. It also still carries Radosh's byline.
One could still think, I suppose, that Ronald Radosh just hasn't gotten around to fixing the problem, but Daniel seems to suggest that his father was unhappy about the situation and was going to kick some ass over it. I hope that's the case. I would hate to think that R. Radosh could stoop so low as to lie to his own son, no matter what side of the political dividing line he may be on.