If this pans out, this will be the 6th director watson has had since I
left, and locke will essentially be taking a career killing move.
Course 17 head, Sloan dean to leave MIT
Richard Locke PhD ’89 to direct international studies institute at Brown
By Anne Cai
December 4, 2012
Richard M. Locke PhD ’89, deputy dean of MIT Sloan School of Management
and head of the Department of Political Science, will become the
director of Brown University’s Thomas J. Watson Institute for
International Studies in July 2013, Brown announced last Wednesday.
“This was a difficult decision since I am so attached to MIT,” wrote Locke in an email to the political science department yesterday morning. “But after nearly 24 years on the faculty (and five and a half years as a graduate student before then), I feel that it is time to try new things in a new place. The Watson Institute provides me with the right mix of challenge and opportunity that I am looking for in this next phase of my professional life.”
Appointed after an “international search,” according to Brown
University, Locke will be stepping down as deputy dean of Sloan and head
of the political science department on June 30, 2013.
“Richard Locke is a collaborative academic leader whose distinguished scholarly career, focused on issues of global importance that are well-aligned with [the Watson Institute’s] mission, make him particularly well-suited to the Watson directorship,” said Brown President Christina Paxson, who chaired the search, in a statement to Brown News and Communications. “His commitment to advancing teaching and research on issues of international importance will enhance [the Watson Institute’s] reach as a center of relevant scholarly activity.”
Locke graduated from MIT with a PhD in political science concentrating
in political economy in 1989, and first joined the MIT faculty as an
assistant professor of international management in 1988. He has remained
at MIT since then.
Locke and fellow Sloan colleagues developed the Laboratory for
Sustainable Business (S-lab). Locke also pioneered the Global
Entrepreneurship Laboratory (G-lab) that places students “in internships
with startups in an array of companies in various emerging markets,” for
which he was awarded the MIT Class of 1960 Teaching Innovation Award in
2007 and the Jamieson Prize for Excellence in Teaching in 2008,
according to his faculty profile. In addition to his contributions to
graduate education, Locke has taught the undergraduate class
Introduction to Public Policy in the past and is currently teaching
Building a Better World.
been a supporter of the Second Vermont Republic movement since 2005 and one of
the signers of the petition for Vermont to secede and become an independent
nation, I am glad to see that more American citizens are taking this step
against a government which has abused them too many times.After all this has happened in every other
country and America has no excuse for this happening to it.I am also including the full text of the
Vermont Secession resolution passed on October 28, 2005 with this as well.
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Now many states want to secede from U.S.
Movement started day after election spreading like wildfire
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first reported that residents in the state of Louisiana were petitioning to
secede from the U.S., residents in over 30 more states have filed
requests with the White House to peaceably break from the union.
Louisiana petition has topped 27,000 signatures, exceeding the threshold
needed after which the White House has pledged to respond.
And for Texas, one of the new states to join the fray, the
signature count now tops 60,000.
The White House’s We the People
website explains that once a petition reaches 25,000 signatures, it will be
placed on a queue for response from the administration. The website also
maintains a page for
previous petitions that have received a White House response.
Joining Louisiana now are Alaska, Utah, Wyoming, California, Delaware,
Nevada, Kansas, Ohio, South Dakota, West Virginia, Nebraska, Pennsylvania,
Arizona, Oklahoma, Arkansas, South Carolina, Georgia, Missouri, Tennessee,
Michigan, New York, Colorado, Oregon, New Jersey, North Dakota, Montana,
Indiana, Mississippi, Kentucky, Florida, North Carolina, Alabama and Texas.
The Louisiana petition, which has served as a pattern for many of the
new states, reads as follows: “We petition the Obama administration to:
Peacefully grant the State of Louisiana to withdraw from the United States of
America and create its own NEW government.”
It continues, “As the Founding Fathers of the United States of America made
clear in the Declaration of Independence in 1776: ‘When in the Course of human
events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands
which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the
earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of
Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires
that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.’”
The petition concludes with a further quote from the Declaration of
Independence: “‘Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just
powers from the consent of the governed, that whenever any Form of Government
becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or
abolish it, and institute new Government.’”
Screen capture of White House petition page for
Residents of other states, however, have chosen different wording.
The Texas petition explains itself this way: “The U.S. continues to suffer
economic difficulties stemming from the federal government’s neglect to reform
domestic and foreign spending. The citizens of the U.S. suffer from blatant
abuses of their rights such as the NDAA, the TSA, etc. Given that the state of
Texas maintains a balanced budget and is the 15th largest economy in the world,
it is practically feasible for Texas to withdraw from the union, and to do so
would protect it’s citizens’ standard of living and re-secure their rights and
liberties in accordance with the original ideas and beliefs of our Founding
Fathers, which are no longer being reflected by the federal government.”
A petitioner from Tillamook, Ore., identified by the site as Kristopher W,
worded his state’s petition this way: “Allow Oregon to vote on and leave the
union peacefully and remain an ally to the nation.”
He continues, “With the federal government increasing it’s size much larger
than our Founding Father’s intended, and it’s abuse of power trumping over the
rights of state constitutions, and the forcing of unconstitutional laws over
it’s own citizens, the people of Oregon would like the chance to vote on
leaving the Union immediately. The federal government has imposed policies on
Oregon that are not in Oregon’s best interests, and we as citizens would
respectively and peaceably separate ourselves from a tyrannical government who
cares nothing about creating a sustainable future for our children. At any time
that the citizens of Oregon [should feel] the federal government was no longer
imposing on the Constitution, we could re-vote to again join the union under a
new agreement.” As
WND reported, the first of the petitions was filed the day after the 2012
election by Michael E. (full last name not provided) of Slidell, La.
The White House created the “We
the People” petition site ostensibly as a way of giving all Americans “a
way to engage their government on the issues that matter to them.”
“The right to petition your government is guaranteed by the First Amendment
of the United States Constitution,” the page reads. “We the People provides a
new way to petition the Obama Administration to take action on a range of
important issues facing our country. We created We the People because we want
to hear from you. If a petition gets enough support, White House staff will
review it, ensure it’s sent to the appropriate policy experts, and issue an
The page also explains, “You have just 30 days to get 25,000 signatures in
order to get a response from the White House.”
Once the White House does draft a response, it has pledged to send it via
email to everyone who has signed the petition (registration on the site with a
valid email address is required to sign petitions).
To view or even sign one of the petitions, click here.
is the text of the Vermont Secession resolution of 2005 with a link to the
Second Vermont Republic movement.
Historic Vermont Meeting in State Capital Passes Resolution to Secede from the U.S.
The members of a peaceful freedom-fighting group want no part of neo-cons running the imperialistic U.S. government. Plan to secede from the U.S. gaining momentum in the fiercely independent Green Mountain state.
2 Nov 2005
By Greg Szymanski
The neo-con band of criminals running Washington, trampling on civil rights at home and invading countries at will overseas, has led a large group of strong-minded Vermont freedom-fighters with no choice but to secede from the United States.
And last Friday at the state capital building in Montpelier, a historic independence convention was held, the first of its kind in the United States since May 20, 1861, when South Carolina decided to leave the Union.
A packed House Chamber in the Vermont statehouse, with more than 400 gathered, started the daylong secession convention with a speech by keynote James Howard Kunstler, author of The Long Emergency, and ended with a resolution passed to secede from the United States.
Most people think of secession as impossible if not treasonous, but the concept is deeply rooted in the Declaration of Independence, reminding us that Whenever any form of government becomes destructive, it is the Right of the People to alter or abolish it and to institute new government.
And with the neo-con takeover of Washington, including all its branches of government transforming America into a one-party dictatorship, thats exactly what the
resolution passed in Vermont seeks to do by members of grassroots movement growing in numbers daily.
Although the resolution is the first step in the long process that needs support from the state legislators as well as an officially recognized convention - the grass roots group
called the Second Vermont Republic passed the following citizens resolution:
Be it resolved that the state of Vermont peacefully and democratically free itself from the United States of America and return to its natural status as an independent republic as it was between January 15, 1777 and March 4, 1791.
Even though critics give the secession group a snowballs chance in hell, organizers are firmly convinced in the present-day tyrannical political climate secession will not only succeed but will prosper.
This could only happen in Vermont where people are still fiercely independent and fed up with the course the American government is taking, said Thomas Naylor, the head of the group calling itself the Second Republic of Vermont. We have a lot going for us and if you think about it, we have a lot in common with Polands Solidarity movement, who many said would never succeed.
But Poland did get its freedom, mainly because it was a country liked around the world, sort of like how people in America feel about Vermont. When people think of Vermont, they have a warm and fuzzy feeling, an image of black and white Holstein cows and beautiful scenery. I can also tell you there is now closet support in the legislature now and we are serious about getting the support needed to secede from the United States.
Naylor, a former Duke University economics professor, said from his Vermont home this week that statewide independence is really a euphemism for secession, adding Vermont also will seek to join the group of Unrepresented Nations similar to the Lakota Indians and other international indigenous people.
Secession is one of the most politically charged words in America, thanks to Abraham Lincoln, said Naylor, adding he had been writing about secession for the better part of 10 years but the movement picked up tremendous steam after 9/11. Secession really combines a radical act of rebellion grounded in fear and anger with a positive vision for the future.
It represents an act of faith that the new will be better than the old. The decision to secede necessarily involves a very personal, painful four-step decision process. It first involves denunciation that the United States has lost its moral authority and is unsustainable, ungovernable and unfixable. Second, there is disengagement or admitting I dont want to go down with the Titanic. Third, there is demystification that secession really is a viable option constitutionally, politically and economically. And finally, defiance, saying I personally want to help take Vermont back from big business, big markets and big government and I want to do so peacefully.
What started out as Naylors little fantasy to have an independent country made up of Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine, has already grown from a small group of 36 several years ago to a packed House Chamber in the states capital. Claiming to have a membership of 160
as of last April, Naylor said the numbers have doubled or even tripled.
Im getting calls from all over the country supporting our movement, said Naylor. Although there are more than 20 states with some kind of secession movement, Alaska and Hawaii being the best examples, I think Vermont really has the best chance at succeeding at seceding.
Besides holding the Vermont independence convention in Montpelier, the smallest state capital city in the United States, it also has the reputation as being the most fiercely independent and anti- big business, being the only one not allowing a McDonalds in the entire country.
First and foremost, we want out of the United States. Its not just an anti-Bush statement and if Kerry was elected, we still would have wanted out, said Naylor. The reality is that we have a one party system in this country, called the Republican party, that is owned and operated and controlled by corporate America. So its not just a Bush protest, but a protest against the Empire.
Although many critics have said the mighty U.S. would not stand for Vermonts secession, Naylor as will as others disagree, including Jim Hogue, a talk show host on Vermont Public radio.
Theres nothing they would want here. Theres no oil, just mountains. Were just not important enough. Were funny, were small and were peaceful, said Hogue several months ago in an article in the Montreal Gazette.
With most Vermont politicians, including the Congressional delegation, ignoring the grassroots secession movement or just laughing it off as good theatre, Vermonts Lt. Gov., Brian Dubie, has weighed in on the issue, giving it a certain amount of merit but stopping short of outright support.
I really salute their energy and passion, he said in a local press interview. we have an obligation to think of what is in our best interest as a state and for the people of out state, even as we approach federal and national issues.
Besides Naylor and Kuntsler, others who spoke at the Oct. 28 independence convention included Professor Frank Bryan of the University of Vermont; Kirkpatrick Sale, author of Human Scale; J. Kevin Graffagnino, executive director of theVermont Historical Society; Professor Eric Davis, Middlebury College; Shay Totten, editor of the Vermont Guardian; and Dr. Rob Williams of Champlain College.
This action by Iran's Air Force is a clear warning that any invasion
will be repulsed. People should also note the fighters involved, the
SU-25 is more capable than most nato fighters, and one was used to kill
the chechen leader dudayev in 1995, as the SU-25 has the ability to
listen in on mobile phone conversations.
I called out john hogue on his prophecy’s about war with Iran, as much of his
material mirrored my work.His response
referring to me as “another researcher” is not only insulting it shows he is
afraid to acknowledge that while he has been researching Iran since 2006 I have
had a major impact on my people’s affairs since 2000.Below is what I received when I sent him a
will burden those leaders with blood guilt if they do not act according to
their professional and statesmanely principles and knowledge. Their soldierly
loyalty must end at the boundary where their knowledge, conscience, and sense
of responsibility forbid the execution of an order. In case their advice and
warnings fall on deaf ears in such circumstances, then they have the right and
the duty, before the people and history, to resign their offices. If they all
act together, then it will be impossible to carry out military action. They
will thereby saved the Fatherland from the worst, from total ruin. If a soldier
in a position of highest authority in such times see his duties and tasks only
within the limits of his military responsibilities, without consciousness of
his higher responsibility to the whole people, then he shows a lack of
greatness, a lack of comprehension of responsibility. Extraordinary times
demand extraordinary actions!"