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At the Guardian, George Monbiot says that academic publishers are "the most ruthless capitalists in the western world." He notes that journal subscriptions can cost $10,000 a year, and that libraries struggle to pay fees for articles reporting research that has been largely funded by the public. "What we see here is pure rentier capitalism: monopolizing a public resource then charging exorbitant fees to use it," Monbiot writes.

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