(QUFA is pleased to publish the following guest post, forwarded to us by Samantha King)
While this video make some good points, I’m wary of the general impression it leaves. I don’t think it is a constructive to antagonize Board of Trustee members by accusing them of having a “conflict of interest” (a charge I don’t understand) and implying that that they are not to be trusted simply because they are bankers. It also sounds to me like the actuality of David Dodge was taken somewhat out of context. The idea that crises offer opportunities is virtually a cliche (a recent Guardian editorial used the idea). It is not inherently a right wing idea as the Milton Friedman quote suggests: Obama’s chief of staff, Rahm Emanuel, said not so long ago “You never want a serious crisis to go to waste. And what I mean by that is an opportunity to do things you think you could not do before.” I also hope that no energy is going to be wasted trying to advance an alternative governance model that is never going to be accepted and is used, as far as I know, by no major North American university. I’m sorry to be so critical, but I don’t think this video is up to the same high level of discussion we have had from faculty and QUFA so far.
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