Re: Rifkin speaks in SCI AM

Lee Daniel Crocker (
Wed, 3 Sep 1997 17:15:33 -0700 (PDT)

> > I have no problem with any publication doing whatever it wants...I'm a huge
> > adherent to the principles of the Free Market...But I think there should be
> > some honesty and integrety...The writing that I have read of Rifkin are
> > Luddite...or so my impression...for SA to lend credibillity to him decreases
> > their own already lessened credibility in my view.
> In fairness to Sci Am I should mention that the article was a fairly
> evenhanded depiction of Rifkin, that didn't explicitly, or implicitly
> as far as I could tell,
> endorse his views. Anyone interested in science needs to be aware of
> those who oppose it. I found it a useful article b/c I know
> very little about Rifkin, though I don't think the article in question
> presented the whole picture.

But the fact that they were apparently "evenhanded" is itself a ringing
endorsement; they chose to portray him seriously, rather than deriding
him entirely as a crackpot, as any rational scientist would.

It doesn't surprize me; SciAm has been a propaganda rag for a long time.

Lee Daniel Crocker <> <>
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