Some myths of corporate colonization:
academic excellence with higher fees, growth with game theory, waging wars for peace

Nipawin - Friday, December 21, 2001 - by: Mario deSantis

U of T
Law School

We are left alone by ourselves in waging our peace efforts against the belligerent corporate colonization of our society. It was just few days ago that we mentioned the colonial move by the University of Toronto to increase their fees to $25,000 per year per law student in order to achieve international excellence for their faculty of law.


Ronald Daniels, dean of the faculty of law at the University of Toronto, wants his school to be number one in the yearly ranking performed by the Canadian magazine Macleans as if we find in the ranking the social value of our educational institutions.

good is
not related
to cost

Luckily enough we have professors Bruce Feldthusen and Michael Geist of the University of Ottawa who have had the intelligent common sense to tell dean Ronald Daniels that
"the Canadian public should not for a moment think that price determines excellence. Other Canadian law schools have concluded that they can also achieve international excellence, but do so in a manner that reflects the very best of Canadian sensibilities of both greatness and affordability."


Besides Ronald Daniels, the corporate colonization movement of our society has adamant supporters in neoclassical economists James B. Davies and Ken Boessenkool. These two economists have used the highly sophisticated mathematical tool of game theory to show the shortcomings of our federal government in assisting the United States in the war against terrorism in Afghanistan.


While we agree that our government has not well equipped our armed forces, we don't agree with these economists' assertion that we can't provide help for Uncle Sam as the Bush administration is only interested on the unilateral waging of wars against terrorism.


Further, we remind Davies and Boessenkool that the highly sophisticated mathematical tool of game theory is not a proper social economic tool. In particular, game theorist and mathematician Phil Wolfe has confirmed, from a mathematical perspective which is socially inadequate per se, that with game theory


"you do a great job on... two-person game. But that's not what life really is. Life is a very large number of persons...

The corporate colonization of our society must stop and we will continue to support initiatives where social values are more important than money, game theory and unilateral wars.

  The Council of Canadians: Working Against the Free Market and the Colonization of Education, by Mario deSantis, December 17, 2001
  Canada's law schools: High tuition v. academic excellence, by Bruce Feldthusen and Michael Geist, December 20, 2001 The Globe and Mail
  Game theory and military preparedness, James B. Davies and Ken Boessenkool, December 19, 2001, National Post
  Interview with Phil Wolfe
  The images on the right are of the various individuals in the order that they appear in the text of the article. Donald Daniels, Bruce Feldthusen, Michael Geist, James B. Davies, Ken Boessendool, and Phil Wolfe.