NEGOTIATE OR CONFRONT?….Clark Kerr, the architect of California’s modern system of higher education, died yesterday. Rising student violence on the Berkeley campus prompted Ronald Reagan to fire him in 1967, and Kerr’s obituary in the LA Times explains why:

As a former arbitrator who chose to negotiate rather than confront, Kerr was a symbol of weakness to conservatives.

There’s a lot of insight packed into that one little sentence.