There Are Too Many B.A.D. Mathematicians

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In the United States, instead of trying to nurture and sustain our mathematical community, we seem to turn our backs as a small but influential group wreaks havoc. I call them B.A.D.: Bigoted And Destructive. They have always been with us; what has increased in recent years is their ability to be destructive. They are often very able at research and it is easy to believe that their proven expertise in one area qualifies them to pass judgment on every part of mathematics. While proclaiming their devotion to high standards, they feather their own nests by reducing the number of serious competitors for grants or space for publication in high-prestige journals. For in quite a few mathematics departments, tenure and promotion depend on publishing in the "right" journals.

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