Stryker debate a false dichotomy

Tuesday, April 7th, 2009

Re: “Stryker hinders academic freedom”
Mar. 20, 2007

To the Editor:
Devin Johnston presents us with a false choice: the university’s advancement of either “human welfare” or “private profit.” I don’t suppose it occurred to him that the two aren’t necessarily mutually exclusive, and in fact often go hand in hand.

He may feel private funding in public universities is a grand capitalist scheme to oppress the non-conformists, but he ignores the fact that governments often attach strings to their money every bit as much as corporations do.

The difference, of course, is that universities can reject corporate funding when they don’t like the strings. When the government funnels cash into post-secondary programs with a view to promote a statist ideology, Johnston has no problem with it. Which means he’s for the appropriation of the future taxpayers’ resources to fund his preferred social engineering projects, but opposed to money offered voluntarily, just because it comes from a big, bad corporation.
"Aaron Lee-Wudrick

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