…problems regarding the transformation of society are multiple, interdependent, and complex and involve issues of youth, race, women, bureaucracy, the environment, population growth, the devolution of the state, the disappearance of noncom modified public spheres, the changing character of labor and technology, and the problems of urbanism and more. (p. 6)
What must be challenged at all costs on many fronts is the increasingly dominant view propagated by neoliberal gurus such as Milton Friedman that profit making is the sole purpose of democracy and accumulating material goods the essence of the good life. (p. 6)
…progressive academics must take seriously the symbolic and pedagogical dimensions of struggle and be able to use these resources in a variety of public spaces to fight for services and rights, especially the right to decent health care, education, housing, and work. (p. 5)
…progressive educators must challenge all attempts on the part of neoliberals to either define democracy exclusively as a liability or to enervate its substantive ideals by reducing it to the imperatives of hyper capitalism and the glorification of financial markets. (p. 5)
The new corporate university appears to be indifferent to ideas, forms of learning, and modes of research that lack commercial value. (p. 5)
...we are witnessing both a downsizing in the humanities as well as the increasing refusal on the part of universities to fund research in public health or science fields that place a high priority on public service.
Press and Washburn have also provided examples of companies that have censored corporate-sponsored research papers by removing passages that highlighted unfavorable results or negative outcomes... As large amounts of corporate capital flow into universities, those areas of study that do not translate into substantial profits get marginalized, underfunded, or eliminated.
In some cases, academic research is compromised; corporations routinely censor research results at odds with their commercial interests (Cho 1997).
As the boundaries between public values and commercial interests become blurred, many academics appear less as disinterested truth seekers than as operatives for multinational interests.
...universities become increasingly strapped for money, corporations are more than willing to provide the needed resources, but the costs are troubling and come with strings attached. Corporations increasingly dictate the very research they sponsor.