Browsing through the local Herald Times this morning, I came across two articles which piqued my interest — no, I should say, made my blood boil again! These are:
My blood boils because I see the subjects of these articles — both basically p.r. puff pieces — as intimately connected to the 30-year massive, insidious, and expanding corporatization of the university.
Here’s how the Crane article talks about that “facility” (my highlights in red):
“The Center’s mission is to support sophisticated systems; its work force is the source of the fourth highest concentration of scientists, technicians, engineers and mathematicians in the United States: support contractors abound.”
“Once virtually self-contained, today’s Crane — especially the surface warfare center — is reaching beyond its 40-mile boundary to form partnerships with academia, industry and government.”
[These partnerships] “focus on Crane’s “primary mission — to be a science and technology decision maker for the Department of Defense for cost effective and efficient acquisition of complex war fighting systems.”
Ye gods. War, endless war, always war. The title to Joni Mitchell’s song “Both Sides Now” runs through my fevered brain. Wars supply profits from both (or all) “sides” to bankers and weapons systems manufacturers and toady politicians and revolving door military men and, of course, they supply “JOBS “for the little people at an hourly wage that barely — if at all — keeps them in food and shelter.
Do we ever ask, what kind of jobs? Do we ever ask, what for?
Actually we do, or at least Ellen Brown does:
Thank god for her good, clear, common sense. Let’s get a petition going: Ellen Brown for Secretary of Defence!
While reading the H-T this morning and wiping my fevered brow, I got an email from friend Doug, a meditator who lives across the street, is the co-founder of our little ecovillage, and equally disillusioned with the state of academe (not to mention society). He sent me this. While it echoes (though somewhat mildly) the first piece I reposted on the insidious corporatization of the university, and though unlike the first piece, it places corporatization of the university squarely within the context of predatory capitalism’s ongoing ruination of the Earth, neither article focuses on how corporatization and endless war are two sides of a single, deeply corrupted, coin.
Even so, I was glad to get the piece, especially today, when my blood temp is rising once again. Perhaps transit Mars (the god of war) has me permanently in a boil? Back in the early ’80s, I caught myself becoming a “violent peace activist” — and retired in silence for four months to a tiny yurt in the Tetons sitting before a fire, the flames of my own violence mocking me. Hope I’m not in danger of needing that kind of retreat again.
All of which brings me to a memory of my Dad, who, way back when I was a little girl and innocent, to my question about why inventions sprang from war, gave me the stock answer: military applications spawn civilian applications. “But why couldn’t they start with civilian applications?” I wondered, but was afraid to ask. He was busy with his newspaper.
And don’t tell me that inventors prefer destruction to creation, cuz I won’t believe it. The inventors I’ve known — and they include a deceased ex-husband, a son, a deceased father-in-law, and my own grandfather — were/are endlessly curious about living systems, and about how to mimic them, not about how to completely, slowly or suddenly, obliterate all life on Earth.