More Pernicious Than The Military Industrial Complex

Heh, Instapundit just discovered something which Wizbang readers have known for over a decade:

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATEIke was right: The Intellectual and Moral Decline in Academic Research.

By Glenn Istapundit Reynolds

In his 1961 farewell address, President Dwight D. Eisenhower warned that the pursuit of government grants would have a corrupting influence on the scientific community. He feared that while American universities were “historically the fountainhead of free ideas and scientific discovery,” the pursuit of taxpayer monies would become “a substitute for intellectual curiosity” and lead to “domination of the nation’s scholars by Federal employment…and the power of money.”

Eisenhower’s fears were well-founded and prescient.

My experiences at four research universities and as a National Institutes of Health (NIH) research fellow taught me that the relentless pursuit of taxpayer funding has eliminated curiosity, basic competence, and scientific integrity in many fields.

Indeed.

But y’all already knew this!

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