Alan Caruba

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Alan Caruba (October 9, 1937 in Newark, New Jersey – June 15, 2015 in South Orange, New Jersey)[1] was a conservative American journalist, public relations counselor and freelance writer-blogger who was a frequent critic of environmentalism, Socialism, Communism, Islam, homosexuality, and global warming claims.

Education[edit]

Caruba was born in Newark, New Jersey, son of Robert Caruba and Rebecca Caruba. His mother was a cookbook author who taught gourmet cooking for three decades in local adult schools and was also an internationally known authority on wine. His father was a CPA. He grew up in Maplewood, New Jersey.

Caruba was a graduate of the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Fla., class of 1959, after which he served in the U.S. Army for two years before returning to his parents' home, becoming the editor of the weekly East Orange Record before becoming a reporter for the Morris County Daily Record.

Career[edit]

For the bulk of his professional life, Caruba was a public relations counselor working with a wide variety of clients, founding the public relations firm The Caruba Organization in the late 1970s.[2] From 1986 until his death he represented the New Jersey Pest Management Association, later serving in the same capacity as well for the New York Pest Management Association.

In 1984-2004 Caruba ran The Boring Institute, a spoof site satirizing the media by releasing annual lists of the "year's most boring" celebrities and films, gaining him an international reputation as a humorist.[3]

In 1990 Caruba founded the National Anxiety Center, which identifies itself as "a clearinghouse for information about 'scare campaigns' designed to influence public policy and opinion" on such subjects as global warming, ozone depletion and DDT.[4][5][6] In 1994-2004 he was director of communications for the American Policy Center.[6] He was an adjunct scholar at the Center for the Defense of Free Enterprise, a wise use think tank in Bellevue, Washington.[6][7]

Caruba's clients included corporations, publishers, think tanks, trade associations, chemical and pharmaceutical companies and other organizations.[6][8] In the 1970s he "helped introduce" the insecticide Ficam.[9] Since the late 1980s, he was the public relations counselor for the New Jersey Pest Management Association.[6] Former clients include Hyatt Hotels and chemical companies Van Waters & Rogers and BFC Chemicals.[10]

He identified himself as a "founding member" and "charter member" of the National Book Critics Circle, that is, a member since its founding in 1974.[5][11] Caruba was also a member of the Society of Professional Journalists, American Society of Journalists and Authors, and the National Association of Science Writers.[6][12]

Views[edit]

Caruba claimed that global warming is a "fraud"[13] and that there is a global conspiracy to use it as a pretext for confiscating vast wealth from developed countries to give to undeveloped countries. "Universities across America have entire departments and units devoted to keeping the global warming fraud alive."[14][15]

Caruba repeatedly warned of the dangers of Islam to the West, explaining:[16]

While Islam looks and sounds like a religion, it is more a political and economic entity concerned with controlling those populations where it is dominant, largely keeping them unable to resist the despots, monarchs, and clerics in charge. Iran’s Supreme Leader, for example, is worth billions.

What the West has yet to grasp is its intent on world domination. That is why jihad — the so-called holy war — is a central pillar of faith.

The worship of Mohammed, believed by Muslims to be the final prophet who replaces the Jewish prophets and Jesus, doesn’t just permit but encourages the Islamic hatred of the infidel. It justifies any action taken against Judaism and Christianity; it includes the religions of Hinduism, Buddhism, and all others.

In an interview on The Daily Show, Caruba said that the United States might have to invade the entire continent of Africa because of its high Muslim population.[17]

Caruba was highly critical of President Barack Obama, once writing "From time to time I hear President Obama described as “an evil genius”, but he is neither. He’s not evil. He’s something much worse. He is a fool who thinks he’s a genius." [18] He characterized Obamacare as Communism.[19]

Caruba was also critical of President Barack Obama for his support of homosexuality's social agenda:[20]

Let me pause to say that I have long regarded homosexuality as an abnormality that appears to occur in some people from birth. It is, in that regard, not a choice. Neither, however, is one’s race. I do not discriminate against homosexuals, but I do not accept the destruction of societal norms because some homosexuals demand it.

Caruba was also critical of the United Nations, calling it the "epicenter of modern Antisemitism" and saying "the UN has no right to exist", although he concedes that without it Israel never would have become a legal state and country.[21]

Death[edit]

After spending most of his life in Maplewood, New Jersey, Caruba died in South Orange, New Jersey on June 15, 2015 days after returning from the Tenth International Conference on Climate Change,[22] a climate change skeptics conference in Washington, D.C.[23] On June 10 he published his last article in Heartlander Magazine, which said: "An entire generation has grown up and graduated from college since the first lies about global warming were unleashed. That’s how long Heartland and others have labored to present the truth. If the media fails to take notice of this week’s conference, you will know that the battle will continue for a long time to come."[24]

Publications[edit]

In the 1970s Caruba published a book of poetry (Pocket Books) and a novel (Dell Publishing),[citation needed] along with two book collections of his commentaries — Warning Signs (2003) and Right Answers (2006), both published by Merrill Press. He also maintained Bookviews.com, a Web site devoted to new fiction and non-fiction.

Under the auspices of the National Anxiety Center, Caruba wrote a weekly column called "Warning Signs", which his company said was widely excerpted conservative news and opinion Web sites including CNSNews.com, Free Market News Network, Axcess News, and Family Security Matters.[5][25][26] Caruba also contributed opinion pieces to consumer and trade magazines and newspapers such as The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Providence Journal, and The Washington Times.[6]

Published works[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ obits.nj.com
  2. ^ rationalwiki.org
  3. ^ Donald B. Ardell, "An interview with Alan Caruba", online posting, Seekwellness.com, June 2001, accessed June 25, 2007
  4. ^ Alan Caruba, "About the Center", National Anxiety Center, accessed June 27, 2007.
  5. ^ a b c Alan Caruba, "Where Read. Where Published. Where Heard", The Caruba Organization, accessed June 27, 2007.
  6. ^ a b c d e f g Alan Caruba, "Caruba's credentials", The Caruba Organization, accessed June 25, 2007.
  7. ^ See also "Leaders and Advisors", Center for the Defense of Free Enterprise, accessed June 25, 2007.
  8. ^ Alan Caruba, "Caruba's credentials", The Caruba Organization, November 16, 2000, archived version, Internet Archive, accessed June 26, 2007.
  9. ^ Alan Caruba, "Warning signs: Bugs! Spray or pay?", National Anxiety Center, June 8, 2005
  10. ^ "Caruba offering clients access to Japan market", Advertising Age, October 4, 1982, rpt. as "Document No. 2025046764/6765" (page 2), in Philip Morris Documents, accessed June 25, 2007
  11. ^ "Membership", National Book Critics Circle, accessed June 28, 2007.
  12. ^ "Letter to the editor", The Progressive, December 1999, findarticles.com, accessed June 26, 2007.
  13. ^ [1]
  14. ^ "The Slow, Certain Death of the Global Warming Theory". 2011-09-12. 
  15. ^ theatheistconservative.com
  16. ^ www.faithfreedom.org
  17. ^ http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2013/02/08/conservative-warns-the-daily-show-u-s-will-invade-entire-continent-of-africa-due-to-muslims/
  18. ^ www.faithfreedom.org
  19. ^ cnsnew.com
  20. ^ factsnotfantasy.blogspot.com
  21. ^ Alan Caruba. The Epicenter of Anti-Semitism, June 29, 2011.
  22. ^ climateconference.heartland.org
  23. ^ www.tpnn.com
  24. ^ blog.heartland.org
  25. ^ www.familysecuritymatters.org
  26. ^ rightweb.irc-online.org

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