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Wednesday, July 18, 2012

University of California

It seems true that most Californians no longer think of the University of California as their university. If that is the fact, I am sure that they have good reasons for thinking that way.

Californians now think so little of their university that they give it less emotional, intellectual, and financial support than is need for the University to continue as theirs. For the first time in the history of the University, private philanthropists contribute more to it than do the people of the State. The influence of military and corporate money is as great, or greater, than it has ever been.

State universities across the land are suffering similar experience. The heart of the experience seems to be the buying by the 1%, that which once belonged to the people.

It might be worthwhile to revisit the purpose for which the people built these great institutions

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