One does not "resurrect" into the present times an organization born and
active in an earlier period. Science for the People was born in a
period of struggle and mass mobilizations. It was a contributing
component of that larger movement. Later it evolved into being a
magazine and pamphlet publisher for the critical science community. New
faces with new ideas have to be the core of any organization that would
take up today's issues; and, i believe, there has to be a mass movement
with which to interact and contribute. One function of making the mag
available at our archive is that those who do form a new organization
will be better able to avoid the mistakes that we made. Another would
be that some of the analysis and exposes might be currently useful as
Michael suggested. Another function is that the mags could inspire.
The mag exhibits the excitement, enthusiasm, and passion with which we
pursued the struggle for a science for the people. Some of the forms of
actions might be suggestive to the new activists.
The fundamental need today is for a broad movement in opposition to the
most egregious consequences of capitalism. Such a movement, probably
focussed on unemployment, loss of homes, inadequate government supported
pension and health programs, and unpopular wars, would provide the space
for critical movements in the professions. Science for the People
magazine had a distribution of about 5000 by the second issue (Vol 2 No.
3). The organization had a range of activities and many non-scientist
members. That is because it spoke to a need of the larger movement.
Michael Balter wrote:
> Although I didn't always agree with what Maurice posted on this list,
> and I did not know him personally, he was obviously a dedicated and
> serious activist who did many interesting and creative things.
> I would hope, however, that the archiving activities discussed in
> recent threads would ultimately serve not just as nostalgic walks down
> memory lane, but a useful purpose in present-day organizing. I wonder
> what Herb, Michael et al. have in mind to do with articles from the
> 1970s about "recombinant DNA," William Shockley, etc? Could or would
> they be used in classes such as the one Jon Beckwith teaches at
> Harvard? Could or would they be used to help resurrect Science for the
> People as a real organization? What steps might be taken to insure
> that they are read beyond the fairly small circle of former SftP
> members which form one of this list's important constituencies,
> although certainly not its only one?
> On Thu, Nov 5, 2009 at 6:05 AM, Michael H Goldhaber <[log in to unmask]
> <mailto:[log in to unmask]>> wrote:
> We already have an archive/website at list.uvm.edu/cgi-bin/wa
> <http://list.uvm.edu/cgi-bin/wa>?A0=SCIENCE-FOR-THE-PEOPLE .
> It is possible to download the scanned piece from there. Is that
> sufficient? If all uploaded articles are listed according to the
> title SftP MAG and date, etc. it should be possible to find them.
> It will of course not be possible to search for topic words if the
> documents are scanned without OCR being performed on them.
> On Nov 4, 2009, at 6:48 PM, herb fox wrote:
> The attached piece is a scanned OCR version of Bazin's
> contribution to Vol 5 No.6, Nov 1973 SftP magazine, then the
> bimonthly publication of SESPA.
> One comes through is the deep, sincere and self-sacrificing
> commitment of Maurice.
> In a week or two i will have contacted those who volunteered
> to commit to gradually getting SftP magazine on line. We will
> set up a schedule (more or less). Michael Goldhaber, could
> you communicate w/ Steve Cavrak for the best way to handle
> this. The simplest would be for each portion to appear on the
> list and then go into the archive. However if Steve can get a
> UVM website for us, an archive on a website would be more
> useful (widely available) We would then still post here but
> someone could take responsibility to transfer each posting to
> the website (a very undemanding webmaster, so to speak).
> Another possibility is to connect w/ the Brits and have them
> archive them on their website. I'm sure there are other
> Michael Balter
> Contributing Correspondent, Science
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