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Engineers in the Working Class

These days, we engineers are in a bad way. Some 80,000 (about 6% of all engineers) are underemployed or out of work, while the others, putting up with a dull job, are taking shorter work weeks, or daily dreading being laid off. The professional societies, out of one side of their mouths, ask the government for relief...

Biological Science in China

Last May, Arthur Galston and I spent two weeks in the Peoples Republic of China, visiting various scientific establishments, talking with Chinese scientists and seeing the country in general. We obtained visas to visit China at the Chinese embassy in Hanoi, where we had gone to exchange information with North...

Class Struggle in the French Scientific Establishment

"We shall not be watchdogs for the capitalist system." This slogan captures the attitude which emerged on the Nanterre campus in March, 1968, and has been kept alive in the French student movement by a continuing, radical, defiant challenge to the form, content and motivation of higher education. Until recently this...

Cancer: We Cause it! We Cure it!

“SEARCH FOR CAUSE OF CANCER LEADING LITTON UNIT TO PROFIT" is the headline of a recent story in the Los Angeles Times. The story explains that the Bionetics Lab, a Maryland subsidiary of Litton Industries, is receiving a large chunk of money from President Nixon's highly publicized "War on Cancer". Litton officials...

Manipulation of Men for a War Economy

The details are now well known to everyone. Government military spending is large enough so that variations in it can provide economic stabalization. (Increases in government spending usually come conveniently enough in the areas of arms, while cutbacks are made in the less profitable realm of non-destructive items...

Spring Action Calendar

April 19-23: Protests in Washington by 5000 veterans of the Vietnam war, sponsored by the Vietnam Veterans Against the War. Relatives of war dead and relatives of prisoners of war are invited to join in a march and ceremonies at Arlington National Cemetery. Other activities indued a war crimes tribunal on the Capitol...

Statistics for the People

In 1969 major industrial polluters spent one billion dollars to advertise their efforts at pollution control-ten times more than all U.S. companies spent for air pollution control devices in the same period. (The Sciences, 1, no.1, Jan. 1971, New York Academy of Sciences) The U.S. has only 1.5 doctors per 1000...

Report from Berkeley SESPA

Students and staff at the University of California's Lawrence Radiation Lab at Berkeley continue to press for the right to hold organized meetings at noon hour in the Lab auditorium. This seemingly innocuous demand has resulted in a seventeen-month controversy involving Director of the Laboratory, Dr. Edwin McMillan...

Insurgent Press Grows Among Scientists and Engineers

The following are a few of the publications we have received that are indicative of the growing social awareness among scientists and engineers and the failure of the professional societies and journals to provide a forum for the expression of technical workers' concerns about the social and political aspects of their...

Counterspy Committee an Opportunity for Peoples Science

There is no law prohibiting the detection and removal of phone taps, regardless of their so-called legality. "The vast majority of phone taps are planted without court approval anyhow," according to the Counter-Spy Committee, a group of electronic technicians and lawyers in Washington, D.C. who provide free detection...