The Meaning of Being Private in the Time of Great Change

LW Chapters and other contributions, Governance and leadership

Atsushi Seike

Learning is, by nature, a personal activity. From an economic perspective, increasing our income by acquiring knowledge and skills through study is an “investment”, and, furthermore, obtaining knowledge and learn-ing new skills are forms of “consumption” that satisfy our curiosity. A neces-sary condition for this is to be able to study freely without being restricted by others. Therefore, state regulations governing academia are harmful, and as long as learning remains a personal activity, it is not something for which we can expect to receive public funding.