Tuesday, 21 January 2014


An historical footnote

A couple of years ago I was marginally involved in an unsuccessful submission to nominate Reuven Feuerstein for a Nobel Peace Prize:

Fredrik S. Heffermehl, a lawer from Oslo and author of the highly critical book The Nobel Peace Prize. What Nobel Really Wanted, has examined 64 nominations for the 2011 Peace Prize, whose identities have subsequently become known.

Based upon available information he has evaluated these nominees on a scale from 1 to 4 according to Nobel's original values, and assigned them to four groups:
  • group 1 – clearly qualified, i.e. the peace work that Nobel intended to support, for global disarmament through global law
through to
  • group 4 – clearly unqualified, i.e. may be impressive persons doing courageous, great peace work, but not for global-level system-change, law and disarmament.
Reuven's application fell into group 4:


This does not of course tell us how the Norwegian Government's Nobel Committee rated him. This will be published only in 47 years' time, in 2061.

* Heffermehl, F. S. (2010) The Nobel Peace Prize. What Nobel Really Wanted, Praeger,

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