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Stephen Downes

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Here's what we read: "Michael Roth and I want the same thing: a university that nurtures skeptical and independent minds. Like James Baldwin, though, I'm a lot more pessimistic about our ability—and, especially, our desire—to achieve it." The context is a review of Roth's book The Student: A Short History. But here's why my critical mind says: if you want a society of independent minds, people (and not just 'students') have to be able to access the means to achieve that. Publishing and reviewing expensive and often unaffordable books does not achieve that. Paywalling news and information does not achieve that. No matter what they may say, the people supporting the pay-for-access system are working against the idea of a society made up of sceptical and independent minds. Democracy dies behind a paywall. Democracy dies behind a paywall.

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