CorporitizationPosted: June 21, 2012
I’m actually okay with bringing in business leaders being brought in to run non-business institutions, since they may actually be good leaders. Bringing in business leaders simply for the sake of running non-businesses as businesses seems dubious at best.
For as much as this has been described as “remarkable” and “unprecedented,” I can’t help but see it as the microcosm of a dynamic playing out in our politics and across our public institutions. The constant denigration of government and public service, coupled with the often unjustified veneration of business, has led to a world where successful capitalists are privileged in all discussions. In an earlier time, we understood that the values and priorities of the market weren’t universally applicable; of course you wouldn’t run a university like a business. It has different goals, serves different constituencies, and more important, has a broad obligation to serve the public.