If you read Upton Sinclair's book "The Goose Step" you will see that this kind of heavy-handed pressure on universities in the US is a 100+ year practice.
For the most part, academia has been tamed, but every now and then the ugly reality rears its ugly head.
Harold Hamm, a prominent oil tycoon, told the University of Oklahoma that he wanted certain scientists dismissed who were studying links between oil/natural gas and the probability of earthquakes.
Ana Kasparian (The Point), Jimmy Dore (The Jimmy Dore Show), and John Iadarola (Think Tank) discuss. Tell us what you think in the comment section below!
"Mr. Hamm is very upset at some of the earthquake reporting to the point that he would like to see select OGS staff dismissed," wrote Larry Grillot, the dean of the university's Mewbourne College of Earth and Energy, in a July 16, 2014, e-mail to colleagues at the university. Hamm also expressed an interest in joining a search committee charged with finding a new director for the geological survey, according to Grillot's e-mail. And, the dean wrote, Hamm indicated that he would be "visiting with Governor [Mary] Fallin on the topic of moving the OGS out of the University of Oklahoma."
Read more here: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2015-05-15/oil-tycoon-harold-hamm-wanted-scientists-dismissed-dean-s-e-mail-says
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