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There is also a more practical - dare I say pragmatic - aspect: Universities don't merely generate new knowledge - they also train various specialists that are mission-critical for the survival of fundamental democratic institutions (lawyers, economists and newsies come immediately to mind). So if you want to clear the way for a revolution, a political purge of the universities would be a very good place to start.

And it's not exactly a paranoid conspiracy theory either. Quite a lot of revolutionary groups (and even more wannabes) during the last century or so have made law schools and economics departments some of their priority targets.

- Jake

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by JakeS (JangoSierra 'at' gmail 'dot' com) on Tue Nov 25th, 2008 at 04:02:32 PM EST
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