Kissenger Describes Sayre's law

I've been an academic and I've been a policy maker. And as a policy maker, I've had a lot of trouble from academics. Especially from the Ivy League, and I'm going to say one thing about academic politics to which Mr. Schramm referred. I formulated the rule that the intensity of academic politics and the bitterness of it is in inverse proportion to the importance of the subject their discussing. And I promise you at Harvard, they are passionately intense and the subjects are extremely unimportant.


Expressed by Sayre as "Academic politics is the most vicious and bitter form of politics, because the stakes are so low."

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 Speech by Henry Kissinger
Proceedings of Meetings and Symposia>Speech:  Kissinger, Henry (September 11, 1997), Speech by Henry Kissinger, Fourteenth Annual Ashbrook Memorial Dinner, Retrieved on 2013-07-15
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    15 JUL 2013

     Triviality Leads to Conflict

    Parkinson's law of triviality > Example/Illustration > Kissenger Describes Sayre's law
    The simpler the issue, the more debate. Academia is trivial, so the politics are harsher.