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The problems of financing the universities and their intellectual freedom, threatened by political and bureaucratic interference, are problems which are invariant under the ism transformations: socialism, communism, capitalism, or any other ism or ology.
The only goal of science is the honour of the human spirit, and a question in number theory is worth a question concerning the system of the world.
Axiomatization is what one does last, it's rubbish. It's the hygiene of mathematics, axiomatization.