Wednesday, March 01, 2006

Spring into Summers

Apparently Summers resignation from the Harvard Presidency is an obligatory topic for all academics...

Here is my short take on it: Summers was trying to change a major university, rapidly and brusquely.
Academics are conservative, literally, they do not like change.

Push academics hard enough they push back, and they pushed Summers out.

Anything else is incidental or a post hoc rationlisation.

Self-perpetuating oligarchies are very robust, especially the old and rich ones.


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