Predicable. The author Debra Leigh Scott doesn’t mention Thorstein Veblen’s essay The Higher Learning in America published some 100 years ago but he noted then how business was taking over higher education.
Pure science is under attack everywhere, a consequence of the decline of the importance of the national state and the rise of global corporate power. It’s anarchy out there. Corporations don’t want to spend a dime more than they need to in order to make megaprofits so they want ‘science’ that is strictly geared to their needs. Countries (meaning you and I) are left with supporting pure science with the uncertain knowledge that it will benefit them in any practical way. States still do support pure science in many forms, but the pressure is on the increased importance of ‘applied’ science…which is really engineering.