In his 1923 book The Goose-Step, renowned muckraking journalist Upton Sinclair examined the consequences of plutocratic capitalist control of American colleges and universities, writing that “our educational system is not a public service, but an instrument of special privilege; its purpose is not to further the welfare of mankind, but merely to keep America capitalist.”
If Sinclair were alive today, he would likely be horrified though not surprised by the appointment of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to a professorship at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) and Presidential Fellow at Columbia World Projects (CWP).
Clinton is offering a class at the school this fall, with Dean Keren Yarhi-Milo, called “Inside the Situation Room.” It will have students “examine decision-making in a variety of historical and contemporary contexts, from the search for Osama bin Laden, to the ‘red line’ in Syria, to negotiating with Iran,” according to a press release from the University.
Clinton is also, along with Dr. Yarhi-Milo—a veteran of the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) and a protégé of the late CIA-connected Columbia professor Robert Jervis—helping to set up a new Institute of Global Politics at Columbia, where an inaugural group of fellows include Marie Yovanovitch, the former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine; Stacey Abrams, the former Georgia candidate for governor, and Eric Schmidt, the former CEO and Chairman of Google.