Now Who Was It Started the Smithsonian, Again?

By November 19, 2007Culture and Entertainment, Energy

Apropos of the Smithsonian’s arrogance killing a $5 million contribution from the American Petroleum Institute to a program about the oceans, Sam Kazman, general counsel of the Competitive Enterprise Institute, had a letter published in last Wednesday’s Washington Post:

An Immaculate Smithsonian

The Smithsonian isn’t going far enough in returning oil industry donations for its ocean exhibit [“Smithsonian Questions $5 Million in Oil Money,” front page, Nov. 3].

If industry funding and museums really don’t mix, then what business does the Smithsonian have even staying in existence? It was started, after all, by a bequest from James Smithson, a geologist and chemist who devoted his life to discoveries that were put to use in mines and factories and whose fortune probably had at least some roots in the Industrial Revolution that the Smithsonian directors are now trying to wash their hands of. An entity such as this is simply too pure to operate on this planet. It should call it quits and relocate to a more transcendental realm.

The administrators don’t drive to work, do they?

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  • ted says:

    How dare they refuse the oil industry’s money!Oh well, it would probably be better spent cleaning up a few cubic feet of one of the most recent oil spills in the ocean anyway….

    I wonder if they would turn down money from Charles Manson too? The gall!

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