The prestigious progressive journal In These Times has an article in its current edition noting a common feature in the cases of Aaron Swartz, the brilliant computer programmer and political organiser who committed suicide on foot of an aggressive prosecutorial campaign run from the office of Massachusetts US Attorney Carmen Ortiz and the Boston College subpoenas.
That link? Academic funk, in a phrase.
Author Chris Lehmann writes:
As the Swartz case demonstrates, universities that were once deemed preserves of cultural dissent and nonconformity, these days reflexively knuckle under to the powerful enforcing—and funding arms of the federal government.
Then he adds:
To see how deep-seated this trend is, one need only look across town, to Boston College……
You can read the full article here: