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Are there still boundaries between science and politics? »

After the bac, I wanted to work in law, but fate decided otherwise. Even today I wonder what I would have become if I had studied law. I did everything to reorient, I even spoke to the head of the philosophy department at that time, and he said to me: “Why don’t you want to study philosophy?”.

Of course, I love philosophy, but law is also philosophy, or at least one of its sons. Legal issues interest me a lot and I sometimes read books on this delicate and fascinating topic. In general, fate was not distorted for me, at least in terms of table tennis, to which we are accustomed to legal professionals.

For it has always been said that science, by virtue of its objectivity, demonstrative accuracy, and methods of verification, is more credible and more willing to lead to ‘consistent conclusions’. Alas, legal science seems to be no better off than philosophy, which is notoriously very controversial with respect to enemies who abandon its development.

Ismael Madior Vall’s recent outing (her response to Professor Marie Teo Nyan about a possible third Mackie nomination) confirms my idea that science was in no way immune to ideology, and perhaps the main thing is not the possession of science, but the search for wisdom. Today we have proof that science is indeed a power to “do good as well as do evil”. Everything depends on the nature of the souls incarnated in them.

Socrates: “All these special mercenaries, whom the people call sophists and consider their rivals, teach no other sayings than those which the people themselves claim in their gatherings, and this they call wisdom. One may think of a man, having observed the instinctive movements and lusts of a large and powerful animal. , and where to approach him and where to touch him, he utters on every occasion, and what tone of voice it softens or frightens him, having learned all this by long experience, you will call it wisdom, and having organized it into a kind of art, he will begin to teach him, though he does not really know Which of these habits and desires is beautiful or ugly, good or bad, just or unjust; matching in 493c the use of these terms with the instincts of the great animal; describing good as that delights, and evil as that irritates, without legitimizing these qualifications in another way; necessity calls for justice and beauty , for he did not see and could not show to others how different the nature of necessity is, in fact, from the nature of good. This man is from Zeus! Does it not seem to you a strange breeder?” Plato, The Republic

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Out of respect for his knowledge and for the services he provided for education, one cannot consider the IMF a mercenary (except in the literal sense of the term when one opposes it for leisure which is a liberal activity) but seeing him claim the title seems to us that the constitutional haute couture tailor reveals a malaise he tries to hide sarcastically in other his place. Being the author of drafting such a controversial constitution is surely a concern: either he has not done his job well, or the man who has asked him for this work is just a monster who can’t break free in his clutches. I frankly admit that such a situation is uncomfortable.

Ismael Madior Val, a writer of a constitution who wanted to solidify the old constitution, surreptitiously inculcates in people’s consciences the idea of ​​a possible interpretation of constitutional law by the president and him alone. Will this country see progress with such diverse academics? From the abolition of reforms, we came to a suspended constitution as desired by the president.

No, you are not replying to Marie Teo Nyan, you are using her text to instill doubt and confusion in the consciousness of the Senegalese. The style of this text, and its writing, which violates the standards of rhetorical thought, seems to show that you came as a fireman. A university professor says that political phenomena, the loss of power is never an isolated thing (which is true) and hastens to say that Wade did not lose his power because of Wax-Waxeet, but for other reasons (which he did not give up even on the basis of hypotheses).

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Then the IMF invokes the absurd notion of power transition (the biggest lie of independent Senegal) that no one has ever shown to close this window and go back to third period mania! The IMF teaches us that there are African and non-African countries where there is no term limit as if we didn’t know it in 2012! We must protect our children, not only from the insults of social networks he denounces in his text, but also and above all against scientists who trample moral principles, including scientific ethics. Because scientific ethics requires at least a dose of objectivity in analyzing facts. The world is free to engage in politics or even become a follower of a sect, but must be careful not to make science say nonsense. However, using one’s status as a scientist to endorse a political crime is a violation of scientific ethics.

This country is at high risk: 13 deaths in the events against Wade’s third term, 14 deaths in the Sweet Beauty case, and three deaths in the Invalid Lists case. Has Senegalese democracy turned into a machine that devours its young children to fill the saddlebags of adults? All this for the whim of irresponsibility of the elites. The logic of force is poison to the free spirit of the intellectual. That is why I still believe that the person who will save Senegal from the abyss will be a man who has been liberated upstream and downstream from the political apparatus.

Al-Hassan K. Ketan