Dirty Harvard Hippys

05 Nov

 A letter from the Economics 10 class at Harvard,… a well-known bastion of subversive, anarchistic dirty hippyness. They’re very dirty people, who cannot be trusted to make coherent, intelligent analyses,— because they’re young after all. And who knows if they all even have valid picture IDs? Personally, I don’t think they should be allowed to vote.    I’m wandering a little.

 To their professor:

 Wednesday November 2, 2011
> Dear Professor Mankiw—
> Today, we are walking out of your class, Economics 10, in order to
> express our discontent with the bias inherent in this introductory
> economics course. We are deeply concerned about the way that this bias
> affects students, the University, and our greater society.
> As Harvard undergraduates, we enrolled in Economics 10 hoping to gain a
> broad and introductory foundation of economic theory that would assist us
> in our various intellectual pursuits and diverse disciplines, which range
> from Economics, to Government, to Environmental Sciences and Public
> Policy, and beyond. Instead, we found a course that espouses a
> specific—and limited—view of economics that we believe perpetuates
> problematic and inefficient systems of economic inequality in our society
> today.
> A legitimate academic study of economics must include a critical
> discussion of both the benefits and flaws of different economic
> simplifying models. As your class does not include primary sources and
> rarely features articles from academic journals, we have very little
> access to alternative approaches to economics. There is no justification
> for presenting Adam Smith’s economic theories as more fundamental or
> basic than, for example, Keynesian theory.
> Care in presenting an unbiased perspective on economics is particularly
> important for an introductory course of 700 students that nominally
> provides a sound foundation for further study in economics. Many Harvard
> students do not have the ability to opt out of Economics 10. This class
> is required for Economics and Environmental Science and Public Policy
> concentrators, while Social Studies concentrators must take an
> introductory economics course—and the only other eligible class,
> Professor Steven Margolin’s class Critical Perspectives on Economics, is
> only offered every other year (and not this year). Many other students
> simply desire an analytic understanding of economics as part of a quality
> liberal arts education. Furthermore, Economics 10 makes it difficult for
> subsequent economics courses to teach effectively as it offers only one
> heavily skewed perspective rather than a solid grounding on which other
> courses can expand. Students should not be expected to avoid this
> class—or the whole discipline of economics—as a method of expressing
> discontent.
> Harvard graduates play major roles in the financial institutions and in
> shaping public policy around the world. If Harvard fails to equip its
> students with a broad and critical understanding of economics, their
> actions are likely to harm the global financial system. The last five
> years of economic turmoil have been proof enough of this.
> We are walking out today to join a Boston-wide march protesting the
> corporatization of higher education as part of the global Occupy
> movement. Since the biased nature of Economics 10 contributes to and
> symbolizes the increasing economic inequality in America, we are walking
> out of your class today both to protest your inadequate discussion of
> basic economic theory and to lend our support to a movement that is
> changing American discourse on economic injustice. Professor Mankiw, we
> ask that you take our concerns and our walk-out seriously.
> Sincerely,
> Concerned students of Economics 10


Posted by on November 5, 2011 in Uncategorized


2 responses to “Dirty Harvard Hippys

  1. Janet

    November 6, 2011 at 6:45 pm

    Great! Go dirty hippie students!

  2. h2dog

    November 7, 2011 at 7:08 am

    Janet–this situation keeps me confused. They are dirty hippies. We know that. And they’re young,.. another strike against them. But they actually seem to be saying sensible things.– Confusing.
    You have helped me in one significant way. I’ve been torn,… not really knowing the proper way to spell hippie/hippy. I’ve been kind of alternating between the two. But you motivated me to actually take a few seconds and look it up. Something that goes against my nature.
    Hippie it is.


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