Public Education and Public Lands: Two Ideas Worth Privatizing

two ideas worth privatizing

In conjunction with the summit: Universities for Corporate Science, Private Profit from Public Land

Wheeler Commons, UC Berkeley

Thursday March 26th, 2015, 7:00PM

About the Event: “Public Education and Public Lands: Two Ideas Worth Privatizing” is part of the UC Berkeley initiative “America’s Most Lucrative Ideas: The Next ~1 Year, Or About As Much Foresight As We Can Manage,” a partnership with the symposium on Universities for Corporate Science, Corporate Science on Public Land to celebrate the cooptation of land for future generations of wealthy white people.

The year 2015 marks the 100th anniversary of a conference held in Berkeley, hosted by UC Berkeley alumni Stephen Mather, industrialist and Borax millionaire, and Horace Albright, where they first signed a pact that would eventually lead to privatizing public land and the displacement of brown people (loads of California’s native folks had already been Manifest Destinied by then). The National Park Service was created in 1916, and Mather and Albright went on to become its first and second directors. With its business partners, UC Berkeley looks forward to the next 100 years with a variety of privatization activities and programs, including a summit on how to further exclude community members from public debates, public schools, and public lands. The UC is actively looking to continue a century of exclusions of non-white, non-wealthy community members and hopes this conference will galvanize the continued financialization of whatever public things remain.

Tonight’s program has been brought to you by the University Movement for Efficient Privatization, UCMeP.

Sally Jewell, US Secretary of the Interior

As Secretary of the Interior, Sally Jewell leads an agency with more than 70,000 employees. The Department of Interior manages approximately 20% of the nation’s lands, including national parks, wildlife refuges, and other public spaces; oversees the development of energy supplies on public lands and waters; is the largest supplier of water in the 17 Western states; andhandles land management for 566 federally recognized American Indian tribes and Alaska Natives. Prior to her confirmation, Jewell served in the private sector as an engineer for Mobil Oil before becoming President and CEO of Recreation Equipment, Inc. (REI). During her tenure, REI nearly tripled in business, selling $2 billion in Packframe Ponchos, titanium camping sporks, andSariska Yoga Pants. REI was consistently ranked one of the 100 companies to work for by Fortune Magazine. Before joining REI, Jewell spent 19 years as a commercial banker, first as an expert on financializing energy and natural resources and later working with a diverse array of businesses that drive our nation’s extractive economy. Tonight, Jewell allies with the UC for the UCMeP2015 Project “Public Education and Public Lands: Two Ideas Worth Privatizing.”

Nicholas Dirks, UC Berkeley Chancellor
The 10th chancellor of UC Berkeley, Nicholas “I Don’t Meet With Identity Groups” Dirks is an internationally renowned master of cooptation. Dirks’ previous anthropological scholarship on colonialism and the brutalities of the Indian caste system bolsters his credibility as a liberal critic of class and race disparities. This research has been crucial for securing his reputation in the hustle for private dollars to stuff Berkeley’s coffers. Though Dirks is the most highly paid Chancellor at the UC, he rakes in an impoverishing $501,404 a year. As Chancellor, Dirks has contributed to class stratification and racial exclusion, measures whichUCMeP believes will make for an overall healthier, wealthier, and whiter campus climate. Wisely refusing to meet with aggrieved and underpaid workers, undocumented students, concerned black students, trans and genderqueer folks, and survivors of sexual assault, Dirks instead turns his attention to more lucrative matters. Tonight, Dirks will unveil the UC’s newest project: Universities for Corporate Science, Private Profit from Public Land, a project that rekindles the colonial zeal of centuries past. After favoring financial gain over student and community needs for education and research at the Gill Tract Farm, Dirks is turning his gaze northward. Directing massive UC resources to build the privately-funded “Berkeley Global Campus at Richmond Bay,” Dirks will work hard to ensure that this new UC venture seizes land in the city of Richmond, indebts this working class city to secure UC profits, and displaces black and brown community members in the service of $cience.

To this, we say Bravo, Chancellor Dirks!

Douglas Brinkley, Professor of History
Brinkley is an author, Professor of history at Rice University, and a fellow at the James Baker Think Tank for Public Policy. He is the history commentator for CBS News and a contributing editor for Vanity Fair, The New York Times, The New Yorker, and TheAtlantic Monthly. A number of his most recent publications have become bestsellers, including The Reagan Diaries, a magical realist exploration of Ronnie’s union-busting fantasies; The The Boys of Pointe du Hoc: Ronald Reagan, D-Day and the U.S. Army 2nd Ranger Battalion, an ode to Euro-American masculinity and the army’s love affair with all things “Private”; and The Wilderness Warrior: Theodore Roosevelt and the Crusade for America, an epic tome about Roosevelt’s imperial visions for the Anglo-Saxon race and how-to guide with illustrations for conquering the great outdoors.

Janet Napolitano, UC President

Janet “We Don’t Have To Listen To This Crap” Napolitano leads a “public” university system that generates significant private capital with 10 campuses, 5 medical centers, 3 affiliated national labs, and now its own $250 million venture capital firm! Napolitano is a distinguished bureaucrat with a record of surveillance implementation, and domestic and border policing, experiences which she brings to her work in higher education through the DHS Campus Resilience Pilot Program, where campus police train alongside global army personnel and work with ICE. As Governor of Arizona from 2003-2009, Napolitano focused on privatizing education from pre-kindergarten through higher education, where she continues to build a “dependable pipeline” to transport American children from kindergarten to postgraduate study and jobs in the cyber surveillance industry. Secretary of DHS from 2009-2013, Napolitano oversaw the deportation of over 1.5 million immigrants, and the hyper-militarization of local police departments, readying them for our recent war against protestors. While at the UC, Napolitano championed the near-total obliteration of the California Master Plan, a communist policy that guaranteed Californians affordable access to publicly subsidized higher education. Napolitano recently proposed a 27% increase in UC tuition, announced an enrollment freeze for Californians, and expressed an interest in dramatically expanding out-of-state enrollment for which students pay nearly three times as much (we could hear our creditors at Moody’s cheering!) Napolitano managed to accomplish this while earning a paltry $570,000 a year with a $8,916 annual stipend for car expenses and a $9,950 monthly rent covered by the UC. Tonight UCMePwill be awarding Napolitano for her efforts in dismantling the public sphere and for the omnipresent security-industrial complex she brings to the UC (wave to the surveillance cameras!).

The UC Movement for Efficient Privatization is extremely concerned by the pending privatization of the world’s premiere public university and the snail’s pace at which this inevitable transformation is proceeding. UCMeP is proud to sponsor this summit as one of numerous innovative projects to ensure the  swift and efficient privatization of the UC.

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