Carl Horowitz

Carl F. Horowitz, is director of the Organized Labor Accountability Project at the National Legal and Policy Center. He has been a housing and urban affairs policy analyst for the Heritage Foundation and a professor of urban planning at Virginia Polytechnic Institute.

Recent Articles

Controversy: The Virtues of Humiliation

Continuing the debate from "The Shaming Sham," by Carl F. Horowitz (March-April 1997).

Continuing the debate from " The Shaming Sham ," by Carl F. Horowitz (March-April 1997). Dear Dr. Horowitz : After reading your commentary on public shaming [" The Shaming Sham ," TAP , March-April 1997], I realized that to engage in an intelligent debate on this topic, we first need to distinguish shaming from honorable forms of argumentation. I hope that you'd agree that it is shameful to point to one attribute shared by two parties, and then blame the second party for the various failings of the first. Thus, it is wrongheaded to accuse liberals of being commies just because both shared a concern for the downtrodden. Likewise, it is quite unacceptable for Stephen Holmes to taint communitarians with the sins of authoritarians just because both groups are critical of liberals, as he does in his book Anatomy of Antiliberalism . Of course, if you agree with me on the above two examples, then surely you will see the ironic flaw of your essay: You have written a tirade against shaming in...

The Shaming Sham

Conservatives, and even a few liberals, insist that moral shaming isn't as bad as government censorship. Don't believe them, warns a conservative writer.

P unishment, ostracism, humiliation," thundered Tory essayist and avowed high-cholesterol gourmand Digby Anderson, slamming his fist onto the table. It was an unusual discussion panel I had stumbled upon at the Sheraton Washington Hotel in March 1994. National Review Institute, the in-house think tank of conservatism's flagship periodical, was holding a summit conference on "Challenges to Conservatism," and this panel held forth on the ailments of modern culture. English conservatives, like their American brethren, apparently see little but ailments. Anderson, the founder of the Social Affairs Unit, a London-based research institute, was certain he had the cure. He would publish his bile the following year as part of a collection he edited for National Review 's press. Titled This Will Hurt: The Restoration of Virtue and Civic Order , the book's brutally proscriptive tone, its chillingly precise descriptions of how to deal with violators of proper social order, suggested an eighties-...