Public Funding vs Free Inquiry

Ian Goddard (
Tue, 19 May 1998 03:09:27 -0400

At 08:41 PM 5/18/98 -0400, Daniel Fabulich wrote:

>These days, it seems like most academia has all but completely accepted
>post-structuralist thinking, a philosophy which is completely hostile to
>absolute truth. It's impossible to have a society bound by contracts when
>a text has infinite meaning.
>Also, note that you find most professors in universities, not
>corporations. They are funded with public money as a public good most of
>the time. So while it is capitalism that has created this public money,
>in the eyes of professors, the only reason they don't have more money is
>because the greedy capitalists won't give it to them.

On January 17, 1961, President Dwight D. Eisenhower said:

"[T]he free university, historically the fountainhead
of free ideas and scientific discovery, has experienced
a revolution in the conduct of research. Partly because
of the huge costs involved, a government contract becomes
virtually a substitute for intellectual curiosity. ...

The prospect of domination of the nation's scholars
by Federal employment, project allocations, and the
power of money is ever-present and is gravely to be