And see this.
Living in a university town (Bloomington Indiana, home of Indiana University), surrounded by students who drag around lifelong debt, watching gigantic limestone faced buildings go up — the latest, Global Research and International Studies (hmmm. . . I wonder: which corporate name will be added to the name of this building, Eli Lilly? That would figure, since it’s headquartered in Indianapolis) —
Chomsky: How America’s Great University System Is Being Destroyed
Faculty are increasingly hired on the Walmart model as temps.
Chomsky doesn’t talk about how corporate grants influence research, may even dictate it. Here’s a report on how research on food production is financed:
Corporate Influence over University Agricultural Research
One wonders how many other parts of the university are similarly directed and financed, through, if not grants, then, perhaps special “chairs,” programs, renaming schools after corporate CEOs, etc. Let’s guess.
Start with science and engineering departments — chemistry, biology, mathematics, physics, and so on. Plus business, law, economics — these are obvious, their students groomed to become cogs in and/or to help “improve” the structure of the matrix; how about psychology, sociology, media studies, “infomatics” — all co-opted by military funding studies on various techniques and technologies of mind-control?
You get the picture.
The list is long. Is the corporatization of the university complete? Not if individuals within the university system wake up and stop eating from the hand that is, in fact, on a deep soul level, biting them.
In all my 12 years in this town, I am personally aware of only one professor who resigned, in her case over government use of plant research: Marti Crouch. I do hope there are others!
Here’s a recent interview with Marti, on WFHB, our plucky, long-running, local public radio station: