Gråsoner, og menneskene som lever der. Harvard edition.

For de av dere som har sett ‘Inside Job’, nylig vinner av en Oscar for beste dokumentar, skal jeg terpe litt på de siste 20 minuttene av den filmen. De av dere som ikke har sett den, ikke løp ennå, alt forklares nå. Også er jeg rimelig sikker på at en utveksling med Harvard ikke kommer til å skje (aldri si aldri?), så vi kjører på:

I slutten av filmen spår produsentene rektor ved Harvard som det ikke finnes noen interessekonflikter mellom Harvard ansatte og jobber de påtar seg utenfor universitetet. I tillegg, er det ikke problematisk at artikler forfattes, ofte med kompensasjon, og at dette dokumenteres i det ferdige produktet. Det enkle svaret fra rektor var; nei. Rektor ved London School of Economics gikk nylig av etter at det ble kjent at han hadde mottatt donasjoner fra en veldedighet kontrollert av Moammar Gaddafi. Ca. 15 millioner.

Nå kommer det mer om Harvard gutta, og jeg anbefaler å ta noen minutter av dagen på denne:

Economic Principals » Blog Archive » A Recent Exercise in Nation-Building by Some Harvard Boys: Porter became a rising star in the Reagan administration; a frequent consultant to governments around the world in the 1990s; proprietor (with Jeffrey Sachs, of Columbia University), of a Global Competitiveness Report; a peripatetic adviser to corporations large and small; and, by 2000, the single most famous professor at the Harvard Business School. He advised presidential candidate Mitt Romney in 2007. Here he is addressing the National Governor’s Association last month about budget balancing.

But there is also all that Libyan oil and money. The sovereign wealth fund at its peak was worth $70 billion or so, all of it operating under the indirect control of Saif Khadafy. Income from Libya’s oil production is as much as $40 billion a year. The US eased its sanctions on Libya in April 2004, permitting US companies to bid on Libyan oil and gas for the first time in twenty years, sparking considerable interest in a country whose plentiful reserves can cost as little as $1/bbl to lift. Libya’s “new dawn” would be well lubricated, in any event. Porter and Yergin signed on to coach the country less than a year later.

In a statement last week, Monitor wrote that “just a few years ago many saw a period of promise in Libya.” That was certainly true in Cambridge. What dissenting Libyans in Tripoli witnessed was a parade of well-paid visitors flattering their half-mad dictator, and a squad of Harvard-connected consultants bent on creating a National Security Organization for the government, designed to augment the existing security apparatus with a new corps of MBA-trained personnel officers.

I’m not going to hold my breath waiting for Porter to give some evidence of contrition about his mission to Tripoli. Sir Howard Davies may have resigned as director of the LSE (“The short point is that I am responsible for the school’s reputation and that has suffered”), but being a Harvard professor apparently means never having to say you’re sorry. Perhaps instead the university will find some way to rein in on its professors’ more self-serving ambitions.

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