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Tue Aug 11, 2015, 06:49 PM

 

Scott Walker wants to fire academics with whom he disagrees politically

http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2015/aug/11/scott-walker-wants-fire-academics-disagrees-politically

The work of scientists often produces facts that are uncomfortable and inconvenient to the interests of those in power. That’s why we should all be concerned that, recently, politicians are testing new tactics in their attempts to strip scientific inquiry of its independence. Nowhere is this more on display than in Wisconsin, where Governor Scott Walker and the Wisconsin legislature have joined forces to gut statutory guarantees of tenure and shared governance – the twin pillars protecting academic freedom and the integrity of scientific research – in the University of Wisconsin system.

Tenure – earned by a researcher after many years of work, original contributions to the body of knowledge that constitutes his or her discipline and extensive vetting by his or her institutional and disciplinary colleagues – protects academic freedom and scientific integrity by making it so that the researcher can’t be fired for investigating awkward questions or reaching conclusions powerful people don’t like. Shared governance is the means by which academics shape their institutions’ academic programs – through the development of curriculum and the hiring of faculty - to meet the highest standards in the production and dissemination of knowledge.

In Wisconsin, legislators have just lowered the high bar for dismissing tenured faculty at the direct demand of Scott Walker and the state Republican regime. Shared governance, in which the Wisconsin university system once led the world, has been reduced to a mere advisory process. In practice, this means that decisions about academic programs – and the faculty who work on them – will be made by administrators who are either themselves political appointees or who serve at the leisure of these appointees.

The consequences of these changes are likely to be immediate, concrete and negative both for the state of Wisconsin and for the community that depends on the knowledge the state’s university researchers create. As the author of the scientific work that undergirds the “hockey stick” graph illustrating the unprecedented nature of human-caused climate change, Michael Mann, co-author of this article and Director of the Earth System Science Center at Penn State University, has been the subject of baseless politically motivated attacks, as he has detailed in his book The Hockey Stick and the Climate Wars.


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Reply Scott Walker wants to fire academics with whom he disagrees politically (Original post)
KamaAina Aug 2015 OP
951-Riverside Aug 2015 #1
valerief Aug 2015 #2
AwakeAtLast Aug 2015 #13
NastyRiffraff Aug 2015 #3
hifiguy Aug 2015 #9
Fred Sanders Aug 2015 #4
TeddyR Aug 2015 #5
malaise Aug 2015 #6
smirkymonkey Aug 2015 #7
hifiguy Aug 2015 #8
Blue Owl Aug 2015 #10
Proud Liberal Dem Aug 2015 #11
Deadshot Aug 2015 #12

Response to KamaAina (Original post)

Tue Aug 11, 2015, 06:50 PM

1. He looks so greasy and disgusting during the repuke debate n/t

 

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Response to KamaAina (Original post)

Tue Aug 11, 2015, 06:52 PM

2. How Adolfian. nt

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Response to valerief (Reply #2)

Wed Aug 12, 2015, 04:09 PM

13. My thoughts exactly!

That man is absolutely creepy, almost as creepy as Cruz.

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Response to KamaAina (Original post)

Tue Aug 11, 2015, 07:03 PM

3. Today academics, tomorrow..

anyone who disagrees with him, politically, religiously, philosophically. We're looking a a would-be full-court dictator.

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Response to NastyRiffraff (Reply #3)

Tue Aug 11, 2015, 08:03 PM

9. "Where books are burned, in the end people will burn." Heinrich Heine nt

 

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Response to KamaAina (Original post)

Tue Aug 11, 2015, 07:06 PM

4. Birds of a con feather, same thing with the Conservatives in Canada about to be given the boot.

Anti-intellectualism is mandatory when you have religious belief as a substitute for reason.

"First, we kill the lawyers", same principle.

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Response to KamaAina (Original post)

Tue Aug 11, 2015, 07:25 PM

5. Walker

 

Is the most dangerous Republican in America. He's not a clown like Trump and isn't unpalatable like Cruz or Santorum. He's managed to win the popular vote in a swing state like Wisconsin and should not be underestimated.

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Response to KamaAina (Original post)

Tue Aug 11, 2015, 07:33 PM

6. He'll never be a peer to review academic work

He's one of the most unqualified dunces to run for office - but he has a PhD in stealing elections.
Walker is a fascist

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Response to KamaAina (Original post)

Tue Aug 11, 2015, 07:56 PM

7. To Walker, an Academic is someone who uses words that have more than 5 letters.

He wouldn't know a true Academic if one bit him in the ass. And I sincerely hope one (or more) does.

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Response to KamaAina (Original post)

Tue Aug 11, 2015, 08:00 PM

8. This fucker is DANGEROUS.

 

That is straight out of the Austrian Corporal's playbook.

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Response to KamaAina (Original post)

Tue Aug 11, 2015, 08:21 PM

10. Scott Walker = some college

Hey Focker why don't you finish your degree before going after the instructors...

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Response to KamaAina (Original post)

Tue Aug 11, 2015, 08:28 PM

11. Remind me again

how Republicans are supposed to be for freedom and stand boldly against tyranny? Between hearing about stuff like this, Huckabee and Jindal's loose talk about using federal agencies/agents to pursue their opponents (just like they accused President Obama of doing with IRS), it's clear that Republicans have moved into no-man's land of advocating dictatorship-like power. People had best be paying attention to them. They are as clearly as ever telegraphing their intentions if they were ever to achieve ultimate, unchecked power. And here I thought that we were headed towards a dictatorship under the George W. Bush (mis-)Administration post-9/11. These guys will clearly follow in his and Cheney's dangerous footsteps.

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Response to KamaAina (Original post)

Tue Aug 11, 2015, 08:29 PM

12. Republicans hate big government but they sure do use it

by forcing their agendas.

I guess big government is okay when it suits them.

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