Cruz, a U.S. senator for almost two months now, made the offending statement in a speech almost three years ago.  He described Barack Obama as “the most radical” president “ever to occupy the Oval Office.”

Obama “would have made a perfect president of Harvard Law School” because “there were fewer declared Republicans in the faculty when we were there than communists!” said Cruz.  “There was one Republican. But there were 12 who would say they were Marxists who believed in the communists’ overthrowing the United States government.”

Does any of this mean that Cruz believes actual dues-paying, card-carrying members of the Communist Party USA (CPUSA) dominate the Harvard Law faculty?  No, but he knows that Harvard, like so many institutions of higher learning across America, is infected with Marxist fellow travelers who are ideologically sympathetic to communism.  To distinguish such people from actual CPUSA members, they are often referred to as small-c communists or neo-communists.

There are more than a few Harvard Law academics associated with critical legal studies (neo-marxist).

Harvard has been ground zero for the CLS movement for decades, a fact Time acknowledged in 2005.  The magazine identified Harvard law professors Roberto Mangabeira Unger, Morton Horwitz, and Duncan M. Kennedy as “three of the best-known” CLS adherents.  (Kennedy is also a member of the far-left Democratic Socialists of America and the radical, pro-terrorist National Lawyers Guild.  Bernardine Dohrn, incidentally, used to be an organizer for the NLG.)

Other Crits on the Harvard faculty are Mark Tushnet and David W. Kennedy.  In a 1981 law review article titled “The Dilemmas of Liberal Constitutionalism,” Tushnet wrote that if he were a judge he “would decide what decision in a case was most likely to advance the cause of socialism.”

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