If you wish to meditate on the relationship between education and the State (once you’ve read The Republic) go no further than looking at the issues killing the modern university. I have been thinking a lot about what the future of college and university looks like and most of my thoughts have been disturbing and depressing. But in reading up on the recent event with lead poisoning in Flint, MI (during which I did not expect to think about college at all), I ran across the following interview with the research scientist at the forefront of that controversy and what he had to say about academia. Perhaps it is easier to hear doom and gloom from those within (like him) than those from without (like me). Read and judge for yourself.