Topics Of Interest From An Engineer
"Universities, which should be incubators of new and radical ideas, are being stripped of their ability to independently critique the widening gap between reality and the false models of reality that are disseminated by the elites.
The kind of willfulness with which I can talk to you now is not guaranteed for future scholars,” he said. “The academic system has discovered it is no longer necessary to provide tenure. This system is fraying. And this is deliberate. This independence is a source of trouble. When Stalin carried out his purges he purged the best and the brightest. These were an alternative source of power. And I think there is a sense in government and business that there is too much independence in academia. We need to be put in our place. The spirit of free inquiry, free expression, and to some extent free teaching, and communality is alien to the corporate and political culture, which are repressive hierarchies.
Those academics who deviate from the central core doctrines, including in economics, are finding themselves defunded. Oversight committees impose quotas on academics and insist that the work conform to what they call disciplinary norms. The idea of the autonomous scholar is disappearing. I am not sure many people even remember it.”
- Aven Offer, economic historian and Chichele Professor Emeritus of Economic History.
you might read about the international community being “surprised at the Russian invasion of Crimea. There’s no truth to it. Not a soul on earth believed Russia would stand idly by while political turmoil threatened its Black Sea naval bases and the surrounding military industry. Russia is heavily reliant on both. There was no question they would step in.
The US clearly stated they plan to deploy a Missile Defense Shield throughout Europe. Russia would be insane if they allow a host of ballistic missiles literally in their back yard. For this reason, they will not allow the Ukraine to fall under UN control.
So nothing about the Ukrainian situation is unexpected or surprising. Russia has its back to the wall.
It is no secret the political upheaval in the Ukraine is largely due to the US. We have spent over $5 billion funding the uprising, even resorting to hiring paid protesters. In a leaked phone conversation between Victoria Nuland of the US State Department and the US ambassador to the Ukraine, Geoffrey Pratt, Nuland is heard actually picking people to fill political offices. You can read about it here.
I’m not saying the US was unjustified. The Ukrainian situation is so complex it requires more information than we can know reading news. Armchair pundits are operating in the dark and anything they say is pretty worthless.
However, a few things are obvious. The citizens are increasingly embracing the Right Sector. They are a neo-Nazi contingent of extremists. It tells you a lot when the public prefers Nazis over either UN or Russian control. I can’t say the State Department did a convincing job selling the UN.
The question remains why the US created riots and political upheaval when they knew Russia would eventually step in? The answer is very troubling no matter what it is.