Bill Martin Blogging…

One of my favorite people in academia is Bill Martin from DePaul University. I talked to him last summer about the fact that there doesn’t always seem to be the biggest pick-up on his work. Surely it can’t be because he has a sense of humor and quotes Mao and goes on tangents. (It’s not hurting Zizek.) But often I’ll see his name pop up elsewhere, such as being deported from some Latin American country for political protests. Anyway, he has quite a following with the Texas Board of Education:

The Texas Board of Education, worried that a scholar’s book about Marxism might infiltrate a portion of the state’s third grade curriculum, accidentally has removed from an approved list work by the author of the popular children’s book Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?, The Dallas Morning News reported. The intended target was Bill Martin, a professor of philosophy at DePaul University, who offended some Texas board members with his book Ethical Marxism: The Categorical Imperative of Liberation. But the board accidentally removed work by Bill Martin Jr., author of Brown Bear. (Earlier language in this item incorrectly used the word “banned” to describe the Texas board’s action.)

I should say this is what makes it hard to find Bill’s books on amazon.com. I shudder to think what they would have done if it was “Unethical Marxism”…. And were they really worried that his books would infiltrate the 3rd grade set? As usual, I’m sure Bill has a better quip about this than I do…