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Because these days it is institutionalized, and in our society that means it is funded by capitalistic entities, i.e. corporations.

In other words, the profit motive dictates that making money to enrich a few individuals is more noble than sharing knowledge for the good of society.




Science is funded entirely by corporations? Tell me, where can I buy stock in the NSF, DARPA, NIH? Or where can I find the articles of incorporation for the MacArthur Foundation or any of the other non-profits that also fund research. Or which corporation is paying my PhD stipend --- I really ought to short their stock since they were dumb enough to hire me.

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Those are government entities, and the government's parent company is the corporatocracy that owns all the politicians and media.

Science is a business in the service of global capitalism. Truth hurts.

I will give you the MacArthur foundation and certain other non-profits. But most non-profits are also operated by the corporatocratic elite, like everything else on this planet.

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You're right - if you define 'funded by corporations' sufficiently loosely (to include everything from governmental bodies to universities to charitable foundations) that the statement 'science is entirely funded by corporations' becomes a tautology, it becomes clear that science is entirely funded by corporations! I for one am shocked and appalled.

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You're just being pedantic. The thrust of his comment was clear while not perfectly correct. "Fund" is well understood as a euphemism for "control"

It would be ideal if science were "funded" (read: controlled) by the public in the interest of the public good, but in reality it is controlled by the corporatocracy.

Is Goldman Sachs "funded" by the government or is the government "funded" by Goldman Sachs? The best understanding is that the government is a corporate subsidiary of Goldman Sachs, a profit-centre that Goldman Sachs invests in and controls by means of investment, and those investments reap profits.

Technically you could say that GS is funded by taxpayers, but funding implies both investment and control. So it's more accurate to say that GS funds the government, because this makes it clear where the locus of control is. Citizens are indentured servants that pay tribute to GS via taxes. Academics are indentured servants that receive money and position in exchange for their services to the subsidiary of GS called NSF.

Having said that, I think many foundations are genuinely independent of GS control, but they still can't be said to be funded by the public for the public. They are just altruistic private parties as opposed to the megalithic non-altruistic faction that is the corporatocracy.

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