SFI Professor Sam Bowles and External Professor Herb Gintis were among the "young radical economists" at Harvard in the late 1960s whose ideas were rejected by mainstream economists, ideas that have since gained credibility, according to a feature in Adbusters magazine on the value of diverse perspectives.
These young academics "called for a politicization of economics, accusing fellow economists of ignoring the important questions and being 'instrumental to the elite’s attainment of its unjust ends.'...A campaign ensued the next few years to eradicate the young radicals from top positions. Contract after contract and tenure after tenure were denied, including to the Harvard four."
"Among them, the most notable case was that of Sam Bowles, one of the brightest economists of his generation, as confirmed by his later work. His tenure candidacy was rejected by a nineteen to five vote in 1973."
Read the article in Adbusters magazine (May 1, 2014)