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ERIC Number: EJ984423
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Mar
Pages: 9
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0895-4852
The Wealth of Nations and the Poverty of Analysts
Horowitz, Irving Louis
Academic Questions, v25 n1 p144-152 Mar 2012
Now that Colonel Muammar Gaddafi is dead and his forty-two years as despotic ruler of Libya and fomenter of international disorder has come to a permanent halt, it is a good time for governments--both in and beyond the NATO alliance--to review accommodations and agreements made with his regime. It is also time for the academic social policy community to examine its own behavior, especially during the period in which the Gaddafi family dictatorship drew to a close and sought ways to convince democratic nations such as the United States and the United Kingdom that the Lion of Libya had become a Middle East Angel of Mercy. Social scientists have the same right as any other American citizen or British subject to proclaim and advocate political views. Indeed, the history of specialists, especially in international relations, is of scholars with strong views for or against the full panoply of "isms"--from communism, fascism, and socialism to all sorts of intermediate positions. Furthermore, it might be argued that despite a continuing pattern of totalitarian rule, commercial air shoot-downs, and anti-Semitic fulminations, the Gaddafi regime curbed its nuclear program, created a modest level of economic stabilization, and even asserted its human rights proclivities--at least within the halls of the United Nations and leading universities. At stake here is not a modest measure of support for dastardly rulers, however, but the essentially moral issue of covert and overt financial support and its influence on those who write and speak about a regime such as Libya. The most obvious concern is the fact of United States participation in the NATO effort to assist the "rebels" in an attack against Gaddafi's air and ground push. The uprising and period of civil war that took place is a critical factor that demands attention to Libya and the unusual social science "camp followers" who have offered rationalizations of Gaddafi's actions with few verifiable predictions. In this article, the author details how the pronouncements of some prominent social scientists about the Libya of Muammar Gaddafi were tainted by their acceptance of financial remuneration and failure to disclose that fact up-front. (Contains 17 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Libya