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How plutocracy works in America: the DEA-opioid story

When does a modern democracy function as a plutocracy?  A recent Washington Post/60 Minutes investigation (video) offers one disturbing case study from the present day. It alleges that the pharmaceutical industry successfully prevented the United States Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) from … Continue reading

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When Silicon Valley turns on itself

In case you haven’t seen it, this Paul Lewis article in the Guardian has attracted a lot of attention.  The theme of “‘Our minds can be hijacked’: the tech insiders who fear a smartphone dystopia” concerns some Silicon Valley technologists … Continue reading

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What should we read next? A survey

What should we read next for our online book club? We recently finished Vernor Vinge’s Rainbows End (2006), a science fiction novel imagining changes to education and technology over the next few decades.  Now we’ll turn back to nonfiction, and … Continue reading

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Stony Brook launches a queen sacrifice by cutting humanities and humanists

Stony Brook University, a leading American university and member of New York’s SUNY system, is cutting back on the humanities.  It’s another example of what I’ve been calling a queen sacrifice, as an administration reduces academic programs and professors. One component … Continue reading

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Three stories about where education is going

Three different education stories have stuck in my mind this weekend.  They have nothing to do with each other directly – two are very different publications, and one is from me – yet combined they point to some ways higher … Continue reading

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What happens after American higher education contracts?

What will American higher education look like after it shrinks? Let’s follow up on this week’s peak higher education reflection.  For the sake of argument, let’s assume peak higher ed happened, and the post-secondary sector contracts.  Call it a market … Continue reading

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New venues for long-form conversation online

A month ago I asked you all about the best digital platforms for hosting long form discussion.   I’ve been exploring this topic, and wanted to follow up. One reason is that there have been some really excellent conversations on … Continue reading

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