The Report says that publication under another name is particularly egregious if the author subsequently uses his own ghost written work as a supposedly independent authority for claims he is making. The report cites about a dozen footnotes (out of well over 10,000 in Professor Churchill’s collected works) in which Churchill references an article he has ghost written. From the gravity of the rhetoric, one would think that Churchill was building academic Ponzi schemes by sustaining controversial propositions with recursive citations from his own ghost written texts. Nothing could be further from the truth. For example, the Report cites two footnotes in which Churchill references an article on“The Demography of Native North America” that he ghost wrote. These footnotes do not defend a debatable hypothesis, but provide a convenient source of information about the size of the Native American population. The particular citations are buried within a multitude of other footnotes (118 in one of the articles indicated and 189 in the other). Elimination of these particular references would have absolutely no effect on the credibility of the overall argument in either article, or even on the credibility of any discernible sub-thesis.
The paper has the earmarks of a manuscript written by a committee. It is an ungainly integration of a text about fishing rights law with a text about the Native American fishing rights movement. A few unanalyzed time series are thrown in for quantitative relief. Communication between the presumably multiple authors of the manuscript seems imperfect at best. For example, footnote sixty-two on page 232 explains how Native Americans do not like the term “treaty rights”. This term implies that the rights involved were created by the treaty rather than existing beforehand and being simply acknowledged by the treaty. The writer of this section seems unaware that the very same point is made twelve pages earlier in an extended quote by a Indian elder.
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