The Real Reason Academic Tenure should be Abolished

Many CONservatives and LIEbertarians would like to see academic tenure abolished for a number of reasons. They range from ‘personal ideology’, ‘productivity’ to ‘entitlement’. However they reflect ideological conflict and power/control issues, rather than objectivity. In my opinion there is a much better and objective reason to abolish academic tenure. It is based on exposing a peculiar and loathsome aspect of academia- overwhelming hypocrisy.

Academic tenure was created to ensure that academics could hold and profess unpopular beliefs. It is conceptually similar to the life-long appointments of some judges in the justice system. However conferring academic tenure on a person makes the implicit, but unspoken, assumption that such a person is ‘fairer and more just’ than the average guy on the street.

But is that the case?

Many academics, especially in certain fields such as medical research, train many graduate students and postdocs with the full knowledge that there are no decent or stable jobs for them. I would further argue that they either CON or exploit everybody who works for them while paying them as little as is humanely possible.

To put it another way- academics behave in a manner that would shame Wal-Mart, Best Buy, 7-11, Office Depot etc. Academia has many non-white students and postdocs for the same reason factory farms and landscapers employ mexicans- cheap, disposable and often indentured labor.

Academics criticizing corporations is similar to Nazis criticizing the treatment of blacks in 1930-era USA.

Such subhuman hypocrites have no right to demand stable lifetime employment, and should be treated in the same way they treat people who work for them-like disposable crap.

Comments?

  1. March 24, 2011 at 12:02 am

    “postdocs”

    Now I understand the function of postdocs, it is to keep the assholes in their tenures.

  2. March 24, 2011 at 12:02 am

    btw AD, do you know French?

  3. March 24, 2011 at 1:33 am

    AD, this a new guest post.

    Title: All Mathematics are Usefull

    Xamuel says : “The formulas which the Compiler produces are so complicated that they are utterly useless.”

    He’s right at least until now. In the future this statement will be wrong.

    All mathematical axioms and formulas are usefull, if not now in the future.

    Mathematics is the reflection of elements, sets and processes existing in the real world. There is a function of Reflection from the real world to the set of mathematics.

    Mathematicians are ahead of their time because they have found the processes through which the real world functions. Most mathematicians are not aware of the implications of their own discoveries.

    Georg Cantor, for example, has discovered the function of the human brain without knowing it. At least I’m aware of that and my task in the future will be to apply Set Theory and Mathematical Linguistics in order to discover the exact function of the brain. How does it sound?

    Comments?

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    Could you write a more detailed version of this post?

    • March 25, 2011 at 1:20 am

      I will try.

    • March 25, 2011 at 3:45 am

      “How does it sound?”
      Stay off the drugs, my boy.

      • March 25, 2011 at 11:37 am

        Who’s talking here?
        What have you discovered?

      • March 26, 2011 at 6:00 am

        Why do you ask? Your post is incomprehensible.

  4. JulianusII
    March 24, 2011 at 3:21 pm

    Sounds fascinating Nestorius, I look forward to reading more from you on that subject. A question for you and AD; Have either of you any thoughts on Michiu Kaku or Carl Sagan ?

    • March 25, 2011 at 1:21 am

      Never heard of them. Will check Wikipedia.

  1. March 27, 2011 at 1:22 am

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