It is to my great dismay to see professor Tony Hall the object of a campaign to have him removed from his tenured position at one of the country’s leading undergraduate institutions where he has taught for almost 30 years.
His masterpiece, “The American Empire and the Fourth World,” won the 2004 Wilfred Eggleston Award for Nonfiction. Premised on the argument that the current globalization of capitalism by the “American Empire” can be retraced to a trajectory which has its origins in Europe’s colonization of the Americas, Africa and the East, and which has been responsible for introducing both “possessive individualism” onto non-Western cultures and ecocide onto the world, the masterpiece weaves together Hall’s mastery of North American history, Aboriginal studies, Marxist theory and Postcolonialism.
Rather than complacently watch him removed from his teaching position, Canadians of conscience should protest that the academic career of an intellectual deeply sensitive to issues which involve the marginalization and disenfranchisement of oppressed minorities, whether they involve Aboriginals or the Palestinians, is being callously driven into the ground – and with it, the entire system of tenure.
Steven B. Angel
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