Taking a look at the earth sciences link today one of the first things you see is an article about satellite monitoring of fires impacting both Brazil and Ecuador in the Amazon region. There are aspects of capacity to make DIRECT observations of interlinked biomes that would otherwise be subject to a dearth of direct time analysis. One example is Brazilian and South American infrastructure development plans of IIRSA that are HUGE! The human rights and ecological analyses have been strengthened by real time satellite imaging.
"Privatization" places the means for these analyses in the hands of interests that have a history of subjecting science to precisely that. Thus no longer BASIC science, it is APPLIED science with an agenda already set and politicized by corporations. These in turn, lest we forget, are premised on maximization of "externalized costs".
The financial model is predatory starting with academia where research is OWNED by corporations because they have since the 70s been throwing their weight around to become the major funding sources and holders of most if not all 'intellectual property rights' derived from said research, while democratization of research for the public good has been atrophied in an ever tightening noose.
Consequences: 1) the nature of basic research becomes skewed; 2) access to KNOWLEDGE is curtailed; 3) real evolution of science, both basic and applied, is subjected to a system that since its inception has predetermined that its failings are to be automatically written into any potential advances.
Is it any wonder that this stunningly wasteful system of planned obsolescence, abstract "economics", so dysfunctional that it must crash every 4-7 years is so alarmist, dependent on such intensive militarism and constant grabbing and destruction? It is science as and conflated with militarized 'scorched earth' policy. But hey, you don't see what what taken, shelved and absorbed so its a 'painless' coup, isn't it? No - it is a feudal path.
If nothing else, Trump as the ordained oligarch's oligarch, surrounding himself with minions of the same will be functioning, wittingly or not, according the to exponential function; will downshift, pop the clutch and acceleration will happen so fast that time itself will take on new meaning as the failures in coherence rip through their own designs.
There is no violent way to resist such a set of circumstances. On the bright side, just as quickly people will be seeking immediate, local, community coherence - and human beings can, when we decide to, become equally stunningly gracious, creative, and above all coherent. Because we need each other and that knowledge comes out of direct felt experience.