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Warwick University Ltd
Industry, Management and the Universities
Edited by E. P. Thompson
In February 1970, students occupying the Registry at Warwick University uncovered evidence of secret political surveillance of staff and students. There followed not only fierce debates within the university on issues of governance and democracy, but also a legal battle as the administration tried to stop the press from publishing the documentary evidence, and wider public debate on the purpose and values of university education. Warwick University Ltd will be of great interest to today's activists, because the conflict at Warwick clearly prefigures current struggles over the subordination of higher education to commercial goals, as well as political surveillance, policing, the use of legal injunctions, press freedom and business corruption. This edition includes a new introduction prepared by some of the original contributors, highlighting the links between then and now.
This new edition of E P Thompson's Warwick University Ltd is extremely welcome. Not only is it a key text on the early 1970s Left, it also highlights with acute prescience two major issues even more relevant today: the attempt by business to intervene in academia and the widespread surveillance of social activists.' Sheila Rowbotham
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The Soweto Gospel Choir bursts into song in a slick video circulating on YouTube under the heading Tata Madiba (Dear Madiba President Mandelas tribal name). The video has caused some controversy in South Africa. Shoppers at Woolworths stand and listen, unused to hearing shopworkers rendering Asimbonanga. Some shed a tear, for the resonant singing is occasioned by Madibas death, at the end of a long and fruitful life.
Some years earlier, in 1998, President Nelson Mandela had asked the key question about nuclear weapons:
... why do they need them, anyway? In reality, no rational answer can be advanced to explain in a satisfactory manner what, in the end, is the consequence of Cold War inertia and an attachment to the use of the threat of brute force to assert the primacy of some States over others.
He was addressing the UN General Assembly in the fiftieth anniversary year of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. We reprint excerpts from that speech, which reflect his characteristic clear thinking and common humanity. His unmistakable voice, spoken at a measured pace, resounds from the page.
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