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Estimado Concejal Ramírez,

Le escribo por este medio para ofrecer mi opinión respecto a su denuncia porque desconozco otra manera de hacerlo. Espero la tome en serio. Me parece que actúa bajo el yugo de la ignorancia al juzgar a un artista por algunas de sus canciones. ¿Juzgaría usted de la misma manera a Pink Floyd, por ejemplo, por tener una canción como "The Wall" que sugiere la necesidad de revolución? . Si algo sabe de música, estoy seguro de que no lo haría. 

Lo invito a que escuche canciones de Calle 13 como "Lationoamérica" cantada al son de nuestra dignísima y hermosísima Totó la Momposina (Calle 13 - Latinoamérica) , o "Hay un Niño en la Calle" con Mercedez Sosa (Hay un niño en la calle-Mercedes Sosa & Calle 13), o la reciente pero no menos merecedora del Grammy (Ojos Color Sol Calle 13 ft Silvio Rodriguez +Letra) "Ojos Color Sol"  con Silvio Rodríguez. El mensaje de Calle 13 no es de violencia; si se escucha con atención, el mensaje es de esperanza y amor. 

Pero más que pedirle que no juzgue a un artista por el lenguaje en algunas de sus canciones, lo exhorto a que no caiga en la falacia de juzgar a un criminal por el tipo de música que escucha, como lo hizo con el joven del alias "Chiqui Locomotion". Muchos criminales en serie, de los peores en la historia, eran aficionados a la música de Chopin, Beethoven y Shopenhauer. ¿Son estos clásicos también incitadores del crimen y la violencia?

En la complejidad de la psicología humana, es irrisorio caer en la simplicidad mental de relacionar un gusto particular con un comportamiento social tan complejo como el asesinato de una persona sin conocimiento de causa. En la política, es immoral utilizar falacias y generalizaciones que denigren injustificadamente a ciudadanos del común. 

Como profesional, maestro, y ciudadano de bien, fanático de Calle 13 así como de Chopin, Beethoven, Shopenhauer y artistas de absolutamente todos los géneros, le hago saber que me ofende su acusación, su manera de juzgar a la ligera, y su abuso de poder, por no decir nada de sus ganas de robar pantalla. Pregunto yo, ¿quién es el gamín?

Un consejo, ya que es concejal: sería más relevante que la alcaldía hablara con los representantes de Calle 13 para asegurarse de que ellos enfoquen su repertorio hacia el mensaje del evento. Y que si no están de acuerdo, que sean ellos, ejerciendo su libertad, y no usted, abusando de su poder, quienes decidan si Bogotá es lo suficientemente madura para escuchar su mensaje de equidad social e igualdad, indispensable para lograr la paz y extremadamente relevante hoy en día en la capital y en el país. 
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"The person whose life is spent in performing a few simple operations, of which the effects are always the same, or very nearly the same, has no occasion to exert his/her understanding, and generally becomes AS STUPID AND IGNORANT AS IT IS POSSIBLE FOR A HUMAN CREATURE TO BE.

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Wednesday November 2, 2011

Dear Professor Mankiw—

Today, we are walking out of your class, Economics 10, in order to express our discontent with the bias inherent in this introductory economics course. We are deeply concerned about the way that this bias affects students, the University, and our greater society.

As Harvard undergraduates, we enrolled in Economics 10 hoping to gain a broad and introductory foundation of economic theory that would assist us in our various intellectual pursuits and diverse disciplines, which range from Economics, to Government, to Environmental Sciences and Public Policy, and beyond. Instead, we found a course that espouses a specific—and limited—view of economics that we believe perpetuates problematic and inefficient systems of economic inequality in our society today.

A legitimate academic study of economics must include a critical discussion of both the benefits and flaws of different economic simplifying models. As your class does not include primary sources and rarely features articles from academic journals, we have very little access to alternative approaches to economics. There is no justification for presenting Adam Smith’s economic theories as more fundamental or basic than, for example, Keynesian theory.

Care in presenting an unbiased perspective on economics is particularly important for an introductory course of 700 students that nominally provides a sound foundation for further study in economics. Many Harvard students do not have the ability to opt out of Economics 10. This class is required for Economics and Environmental Science and Public Policy concentrators, while Social Studies concentrators must take an introductory economics course—and the only other eligible class, Professor Steven Margolin’s class Critical Perspectives on Economics, is only offered every other year (and not this year). Many other students simply desire an analytic understanding of economics as part of a quality liberal arts education. Furthermore, Economics 10 makes it difficult for subsequent economics courses to teach effectively as it offers only one heavily skewed perspective rather than a solid grounding on which other courses can expand. Students should not be expected to avoid this class—or the whole discipline of economics—as a method of expressing discontent.

Harvard graduates play major roles in the financial institutions and in shaping public policy around the world. If Harvard fails to equip its students with a broad and critical understanding of economics, their actions are likely to harm the global financial system. The last five years of economic turmoil have been proof enough of this.

We are walking out today to join a Boston-wide march protesting the corporatization of higher education as part of the global Occupy movement. Since the biased nature of Economics 10 contributes to and symbolizes the increasing economic inequality in America, we are walking out of your class today both to protest your inadequate discussion of basic economic theory and to lend our support to a movement that is changing American discourse on economic injustice. Professor Mankiw, we ask that you take our concerns and our walk-out seriously.

Sincerely,

Concerned students of Economics 10
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