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Dinesh D'Souza is a prolific author, public speaker, and well-known purveyor of bullshit. D'Souza writes mostly on Christian apologetics and is known for religious debates with notable atheists such as Christopher Hitchens, Daniel Dennett, and Michael Shermer. Most recently, he has produced a documentary about Barack Obama, alleging that Obama is primarily motivated by "anti-colonialist" fervor.
 Public Positions
 Social Issues
D'Souza is a staunch neoconservative, and began his public career while still at Dartmouth College, writing for conservative publications like the Dartmouth Review, which became notorious for its racist and anti-gay content under D'Souza's editorship, and The Prospect. In this period, he criticized Dartmouth's policy of affirmative action and used the publication to attack gay rights and gay students.
In one issue of the Dartmouth Review, D'Souza published an interview with a Ku Klux Klan leader. However, far from being controversy-seeking and "edgy" journalism (contrast with John Safran interviewing KKK leaders), the piece was accompanied by a photo of a lynched black man, and the rest of the publication became well-known for its mocking tone of "black speak."
D'Souza served as a White House political adviser during the Reagan years. He has been known to support United Nations mediation in war-torn parts of the world. In his book What's So Great About America, he defends the United States against criticism it has received for its overbearing role in geopolitics, and the conservative method of government, while attacking liberalism and leftism.
D'Souza has pushed Republican talking points like birtherism, and appears regularly on Fox News. During the Republican nomination in 2012, two contenders—Newt Gingrich and Mike Huckabee—used points raised in his book The Roots Of Obama's Rage, to portray Obama as alien without having to engage in obvious birtherism. Other Republican leaders have also indirectly used this talking point to attack the character of the President, blissfully unaware of the irony of politicians from a country that owes its very existence to anti-colonialism accusing its president of adhering to anti-colonialism. This also applies to D'Souza himself, since he was born in India, with its own struggle against British colonial rule.
As editor of the Dartmouth Review, D'Souza outed the officers of the Gay Straight Alliance and published stolen confidential files. He claimed he just wanted to make sure they weren't using university funding for "gay parties, gay orgies, or whatever." He has repeatedly gone on homophobic rants online and in public. His attempt to recast the movement for gay rights from a personal and humanitarian one to a political one has not gone down well even with conservatives, who see it as something that is mandated by the will of God, not the will of the people.
 Racism (Or, "I am brown. I used to have many black friends")
“”Dese boys be sayin' that we be comin' here to Dartmut an' not takin' the classics. You know, Homa, Shakesphere; but I hea' dey all be co'd in da ground, six feet unda, and whatchu be askin' us to learn from dem?
|—From The Dartmouth Review under D'Souza.|
D'Souza is completely out of touch with the reality of discrimination that minorities face in the United States. In his controversial 1995 book The End of Racism, he argued that "Racism, which once used to be systematic, had now become episodic," and that "...it no longer controlled the lives of blacks and other minorities." He explains away the prejudice against Blacks and Latinos as being caused by "cultural factors," not racial victimization.
In The End of Racism, D'Souza, among other things, argues that the parts of the Civil Rights Act pertaining to private companies should be repealed. D'Souza holds a fellowship at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI), a think tank which published the book. This caused two of AEI's black fellows to resign their positions.
 Barack Obama
At one point, D'Souza was supportive of Obama, saying that Obama "...makes his claims on the merits, and he appeals to shared American ideals," while contrasting him with people like Jesse Jackson. This was while trying desperately to justify his twisted views on racism, as he used the fact that a black man had been elected president to assert that racism was dead.
He then hopped on the "Obama is un-American" bandwagon, claiming that Obama is an anti-colonialist who wants to suck America dry and distribute the spoils among Third World nations. His argument is as follows: Obama's father was an anti-colonialist, and one of Obama's books is titled Dreams From My Father, so he must be carrying on his old man's alleged agenda and wishing for the swift demise of America's empire. Obama's hatred towards the country he leads is clearly indicated by his failure to spend the first 17 years of his life there (Hawaii doesn't count). This is in stark contrast to D'Souza's own upbringing, whose all-American identity was forged by spending the first 17 years of his life in America's heartland of Mumbai, India.
His evidence for this unorthodox theory consists of a few choice quotes from both Obamas and already-debunked myths, such as an alleged support of Brazilian offshore drilling with US taxpayer money. Why Obama would take his father's understandable opposition to British rule over his country (not to mention that the US had some issues with British colonialism itself) and turn it into an anti-American doctrine remains a mystery.
In yet another case of a broken record spinning completely out of control, D'Souza insisted on making a movie about this (non-)issue entitled 2016: Obama's America. Predictably, the biggest critical booster of the film is WND. More recently, he claimed that Obama was sympathetic to Muslim jihadis and other terrorists because his mother "wanted to marry a Third World anti-American guy," among other things. D'Souza's production of pseudo-psychological crap on this subject is unequaled. Furthermore, the pretzel logic he displays on the subject is starting to resemble a moebius strip; he's apparently convinced that Obama's support for equal rights for gays is somehow tied to his anti-colonialist views because - wait for it - he identifies "traditional Christianity" with colonialism.
 Debating tactics
- D'Souza has an aggressive and rhetorical speaking and debating style, which makes him sound forceful and convincing. He uses the Gish Gallop frequently and effectively, rebuffing his opponent for not addressing every point he makes.
- He frequently employs caricatures and strawmen of atheist positions. He presents these positions so as to make them sound whimsical or silly, while presenting his own statements with an air of utmost gravity, no matter how lunatic or far-fetched they may be.
- He is a big fan of quote mining. Not content with simply taking his opponent's statements out of context, he will take a quote about a topic completely unrelated to the one under discussion and re-frame it to make it sound as if his opponent is uninformed or delusional.
- A main weapon in his debating arsenal is the emotional appeal, where he paints his opponent's position as false because some of its implications may be distasteful to certain members of the audience.
- He enjoys painting his opponents as vicious critics of innocuous policies and events, and himself as a paragon of intellectual virtue. While not going as far as character assassination (at least not in a face-to-face debate), he does subtly attack the character of his opponent.
- He often says that an assertion by his opponent, or even the opponent's entire position, is invalid because it is not intuitively or obviously true. He paints this as a "common sense" argument, where he calls upon the audience to evaluate an assertion using their own intuition. In reality, this is a denial of the obvious fact that many things are counterintuitive and require expertise beyond the experience of the average person (but don't take our word for it; ask your neighbor about quantum mechanics or the economics of sub-Saharan Africa). This is a particularly effective tactic, as it shifts audience opinion to his side.
- Thanks to his wide repertoire of tactics, he rarely is forced to allow a point by his opponent to pass unchallenged. This projects the illusion of competence, whereas most of his rebuttals are intellectually dishonest and completely invalid.
- When all else fails, he will spout outright lies and half truths, pulling facts and statistics out of thin air to give his argument some credibility. This amounts to an argument from authority, which he seems to derive from his public "reputation" as a political commentator, academic and writer.
- Lately, he appears to carry around a sizable library of books to debates, frequently flashing them at his opponent and at the audience, while stating that they completely prove his own, or disprove his opponent's points. These are usually self published works by fringe lunatics (which are not worth the toilet paper they are printed on). This is argument from authority on steroids, since no one except him has read the book. Therefore, his opponent cannot call him out on it, and is forced to let the point go without comment.
In true fashion of other vocal religious neoconservatives, it was revealed in October 2012 that D'Souza was having a sexual relationship with a woman other than his wife. A few days after the news hit the media and internet, D'Souza resigned from his position as president of The King's College. In his defense, he claimed that he was divorced (though having previously stated his belief in marriage as an eternal covenant), when in fact he was simply separated from his current wife and divorce proceedings had begun but not yet finalized—which still technically makes him an adulterer, though a comment on one blog suggested that he was also being polygamous by getting engaged to one woman while married to another. Not to worry, though; D'Souza's squeeze on the side apparently thinks that women's suffrage is a really bad thing (and gives a truly goofy shout-out to Rick Santorum on the subject to boot), meaning that she's got a ticket in the wingnut sweepstakes as well.
- 1984: Falwell, Before the Millennium: A Critical Biography
- 1986: The Catholic Classics
- 1987: My Dear Alex: Letters From The KGB
- 1991: Illiberal Education
- 1995: The End of Racism
- 1997: Ronald Reagan: How An Ordinary Man Became an Extraordinary Leader
- 2000: The Virtue of Prosperity
- 2002: What's So Great About America
- 2002: Letters to a Young Conservative
- 2007: The Enemy At Home: The Cultural Left and Its Responsibility for 9/11 (ISBN 0-385-51012-8)
- 2007: What's So Great About Christianity
- 2009: Life After Death: The Evidence
- 2010: The Roots of Obama's Rage
- 2012: Godforsaken: Bad things happen. Is there a God who cares? YES. Here's proof
- 2012: Obama's America: Unmaking the American Dream
 See also
- Regnery Publishing, they print most of his nonsense
- His debate with Daniel Dennett
- His debate with Christopher Hitchens
- His debate with Michael Shermer
- What's So Great About Dinesh D'Souza?
- Fact-Checking D'Souza, Andrew Sullivan
- God Is in the Basement of the Empire State Building, New York Magazine
- Only in His Dreams, a review of D'Souza's
hatchet job"documentary" on Obama, David Weigel, Salon
- ↑ King's College bio
- ↑ Coulter's NNDB profile
- ↑ Right-wing Radio's High Priestess of Hate
- ↑ Campus Progress - Dinesh D’Souza
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- ↑ NYT: Gingrich: President Exhibits ‘Kenyan, Anticolonial Behavior’
- ↑ Time: Huckabee's a Birther??
- ↑ Why anyone "in the closet" would be an officer of the Gay Straight Alliance is a separate question...
- ↑ GSA Profile, History Commons
- ↑ , Town Hall
- ↑ 11.0 11.1 , Town Hall
- ↑ SPLC on AEI
- ↑ For an in-depth debunking of the pseudohistory in the book, see Paul Finkelman. Rise of the New Racism. Yale Law & Policy Review, Vol. 15, No. 1, 1996
- ↑ Forbes: "How Obama Thinks"
- ↑ That he's admitting the US is an empire should say something.
- ↑ Slate: D'Souza's Brazilian Conspiracy Theory
- ↑ Even more hilariously, US and UK relations have arguably strengthened during Obama's four years.
- ↑ D’Souza Turns Lie Into Fodder for His Delusions, Dispatches from the Culture Wars
- ↑ Dinesh D'Souza Says Obama is 'Weirdly Sympathetic' to Terrorists, Sees them as 'Freedom Fighters', Right Wing Watch
- ↑ D’Souza: Gay Rights are Anti-Colonialist. Or Something. Dispatches from the Culture Wars
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- ↑ D'Souza Mistress Opposes Women's Suffrage, Dispatches from the Culture Wars
- ↑ This one got laughed at even by other conservatives. See the National Review Online's symposium on the book.