[a brochure produced by the Boston group, about 1975]
Science for the People means recognizing the political nature of science; it means access for all people to useful human knowledge; it means the organizing of women and men in science to struggle along with other communities aimed at fundamental social change.
We are Science for the People.
We are scientists, engineers, students, teachers, technicians, and many others brought together by the common experience of frustration in our attempts to be socially productive human beings. We see the dehumanization and alienation of people as part of a social order of exploitation, racism, sexism and war. We seek to uncover the roots of the diseased social and economic order which fragments work and our lives. But our purpose is not merely to understand this system: it is to change it.
Join us! You and we are part of the people
science should be for.
Politics of Science
Science in American society is not politically neutral. What science, and what scientist is independent of the social and economic system which funds them, sets priorities, provides the important questions, and determined the use of the work? Control by government and corporate bureaucracies serves only the few. In the U.S. we see science used to develop the technological and ideological tools needed by those in power to maintain their power. Do scientific workers or the people science affects ever participate in setting directions?
Action for social change demands that we reassess both the way we view science and the way we relate to one another. As scientists and secretaries, teachnicians and teachers, we must not perpetuate the isolation and fragmentation so characteristic of our work. For the myth and jargon serve only to intimidate those not in the scientific community, causing them to surrender their powers of reason and action to a "detached" and "dispassionate" scientific elite. And elitism only provides the distance between knowledge and people essential for the system to control us.
Action to oppose the system, to regain control
of our lives, our values, our directions, is now responded to by a science
which provides a technology of surveillance, counterinsurgency weapons
and behavior control. Science for the People means knowledge for
the people, and through knowledge, action. Our actions serve as our
statement. We judge others by their practice, just as we expect to
be judged by ours.
Towards a Science for the People
China: Science Walks on Two Legs
Science Against the People (Jason: Scientific Consultants for the Pentagon)
The AMRC Papers (An Indictment of the Army Mathematics Research Center)
Hard Times (Employment, Unemployment, and Professionalism in the Sciences)
Science and Society Series:
Issues of Health Care
Feed, Need, Greed - Where Will It Lead?
Resources for Teachers