I preface this by saying none of the following excuses the conduct, but I do think many of the accounts leave out some of the context behind the punch. Clarkson was going through a divorce and had just been told he had cancer. The day of filming had not gone well, he was tired, and drunk. He profusely apologized in the morning and went to the BBC himself to confess. He did something wrong, he made a mistake, but the reports make it sound like it happened because he was a terrible human being rather than a decent one with some flaws.
I think the end result of the fracas will actually be a win all around. The trio will be forced to get out of the rut they had been in. BBC gets out of a show they were never really comfortable hosting. Those that never liked TG no longer have it shown over the airwaves. U.S. fans no longer have to pony up for BBC America or resort to torrenting the show. Amazon gets a nice crown jewel for Prime streaming.
In this case, the concepts would likely overlap.
Taxing large endowments would cause wealthy universities to slash financial aid and charge more tuition. Harvard doesn't even charge tuition if your family is middle class (less than ~$125 income) or lower because it has a huge endowment and can afford those kind of things. For profits have no endowment and charge almost everyone full freight. Hardly the desired result. Most of the really bad universities out there (the ones that don't get graduates jobs) don't have huge endowments.
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