Marilynne Robinson has a beautiful essay on the power and purpose of public higher education and the humanities in the March issue of Harpers:
“The Citizen had a country, a community, children and grandchildren, even — a word we no longer hear — posterity. The Taxpayer has a 401(k). It is no mystery that the former could be glad to endow monumental libraries, excellent laboratories, concert halls, arboretums, and baseball fields, while the latter simply can’t see the profit in it for himself.”
Read more here.