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Richard Hake

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Reich, McKibbon, & Hansen: Three Academicians Who Have Spoken Out on Social Issues
Posted: Feb 26, 2014 7:13 PM
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Some subscribers to MathEdCC might be interested in a discussion-list "Reich, McKibbon, & Hansen: Three Academicians Who Have Spoken Out on Social Issues" [Hake (2014)]. The abstract reads:


ABSTRACT: In response to my post "Re: Professors We Need You!" [Hake (2014)] at <> regarding Nicholas Kristof's "Professors, We Need You!" at <> and "Bridging the Moat Around Universities at <>, Christopher Green of the TIPS list responded at <> [slightly edited; my <URLs>]:

"Kristof missed the boat on this one. If [Kristof] wants to know why professors are reluctant to enter public debate, he needs to address the quality of public debate in the US political arena. Both the governor of Wisconsin <> and attorney general of Virginia <> have recently used the powers of their offices to investigate and threaten the livelihoods of professors who opposed their political agendas (labor unions and climate change, respectively). [Politicians] have essentially demanded that professors NOT bring their expertise to bear on public debate and professors, understandably, have mostly complied."

Thankfully, not ALL academicians have complied, e.g.:

(a) UC-Berkeley's Robert Reich <>, an outspoken champion of labor unions <> and tireless critic of income and wealth inequality ? see e.g., "Beyond Outrage" <>;

(b) Middlebury College's Bill McKibbon <> who has been lobbying for action to deter climate change for over two decades ? see e.g. "The End of Nature" <> and consider his organization <>;

(c) Columbia's James Hansen (2010, 2014) <> who alerted the world to anthropogenic global warming in 1981 <>. In a recent draft "Renewable Energy, Nuclear Power, and Galileo: Do Scientists Have a Duty to Expose Popular Misconceptions?" <>, Hansen rebuffs 4 widespread misconceptions: human life is endangered by nuclear power; renewable energy sources alone are sufficient; killing nuclear would make the world safer; and renewable energy is cheaper and faster than nuclear power. Below I quote Hansen at some length because: (1) nuclear power is so controversial; and (2) it allows me to insert references, hot-links, and comments.


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REFERENCES [URL shortened by < and accessed on 26 Feb 2014.]

Hake, R.R. 2014. "Reich, McKibbon, & Hansen: Three Academicians Who Have Spoken Out on Social Issues," online on the OPEN! AERA-L archives at <>. The abstract and link to the complete post are being transmitted to several discussion lists and are on my blog at <> with a provision for comments.

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