Challenges by Serge Lang (auth.)

By Serge Lang (auth.)

I am very grateful to Springer-Verlag for publishing a suite of a few of my non-mathematical works-I name them political works. within the vast feel of the be aware political. 3 of those have seemed in print: - My article at the Ladd-Lipset sUIvey. which seemed within the long island evaluation of Books. 18 could 1978; and likewise within the dossier (Springer-Verlag. 1981). - My article at the Baltimore case. which seemed within the Jour­ nal of Ethics and behaviour. February 1993. - My articles on HIV and AIDS. which seemed within the Yale Sci­ entific (Fall 1994 and wintry weather 1995). reprinted up to date within the booklet AIDS: Virus-or drug brought on? Kluwer educational Pub­ lishers. 1996. pp. 271-307. the 1st merchandise. "Academia. Journalism. and Politics." is itself a ebook in keeping with my Huntington dossier. The "Background and Motiva­ tion" portion of this sub-book can be utilized as a foreword for all my "political" works. and in addition comprises a proof of the way i take advantage of the notice "political." In that part. readers will discover a basic dialogue of ways I strategy details and a few standards i exploit in discourse.

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Huntington's answer in the New Republic shows at least two things. In the first place, Huntington is ignorant of the "measurable signs" used in the study quoted in his own book (GNP, caloric intake, telephones, physicians, newspapers, and radios); and he shows his ignorance precisely in a context when he I. Political Opinions Passed off as Science 35 is pretending that as an outsider, I am ignorant of the technical meaning of terms in political science, and therefore that I am not qualified to judge his works.

Thus we see a professor citing authority rather than answering critical questions in class. I objected at the time, and I continue to object, to this travesty of education and failure of academic responsibility. Here we see one possible effect of electing Huntington to the NAS. By so doing, the NAS would certlfy Huntington as a "scientist" (political), and would be certifying the quality of the type of political writings purveyed by Huntington. In so doing the NAS would be playing a major role influencing what is used and accepted as authoritative in the classroom.

Marcos's ill health is now one of the few factors favoring less instability in the Philippines. (p. 138) On p. 143. the authors write: With respect to the other two Variables. S. presumably could attempt to induce the authoritarian leader: (a) to coopt and compromise with opposition groups. thereby presumably reducing the instability before his death; and (b) to effect an early retirement from power. S. has in most Third World countries. neither of these courses of action is likely to be ve:ry productive.

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