On Dec 7, 2011, at 11:45 AM, Wojtek S wrote:
> Michael P: "I still think a struggle to redeem the universities is
> worth the effort."
> [WS:] On one level, I agree. But on another level, this call seems to
> rest on a dubious assumption that institutions can function
> independently of their socio-political environment. From that pov,
> asking to "redeem" universities is like asking, say, to redeem the
> brain of a patient who has a lung cancer and is addicted to smoking.
> You cannot just redeem his brain without treating his cancer and his
> A better proposition would be to redeem the whole "Unis" (to quote
> Michael Smith whose debating skills impressed me), their rotten
> institutional framework, and their addiction to anything private. The
> feasibility of this is a moot proposition, however.