‘In These Times’ Links Aaron Swartz Prosecution And Boston College Subpoenas

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:

2 responses to “‘In These Times’ Links Aaron Swartz Prosecution And Boston College Subpoenas

  1. This is an excellent article with well defined parallels between two universities eager to “kowtow to their federal paymasters.” Sad that the last bastions of academic freedom are foregoing their principles.

  2. All too true. Just recently Duke settled with some of the lacrosse players who were pilloried and prejudged by members of Academiai only to be vindicated after the damage was done.
    The silence of BC and other institutions in the BC case speaks volumes. If the subpoenae are enforced it will cause immeasurable damage to oral history projects. And where has the media been during all this?
    Speaking of scandal in the world of Academia just look at the immoral amounts of money and other perks being paid to the privileged at NYU while meanwhile all we hear about is mounting student loan debt.

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