[Marxism] 'Tenured radical' tries to revive professors group

Mike Friedman mikedf at amnh.org
Thu Jul 17 12:18:02 MDT 2008

It's not clear from the article that they intend to recruit adjuncts. In
fact, it points out that, "some graduate students are concerned the
campaign against using adjunct faculty will leave them with no jobs at
all." While, as you say, that "campaign" is doomed to failure with these
capitalist institutions, what they're left with is a union of the elite.

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> (I admit to feeling pessimistic about Cary Nelson being able to revive
> AAUP. From what I have seen, tenured professors--even those with Marxist
> credentials--could care less about what happens to adjuncts. Many are
> close to retirement, having gone into the academy in the aftermath of
> the 60s radicalization, and don't really want to be bothered with
> building a trade union that they don't think they need--at least in
> narrow selfish terms. All in all, the fucking rightwing shits who run
> the universities, especially the big state universities and the
> community colleges, won't be satisfied until 90 percent of all teachers
> are adjuncts. They'll hold on to 10 percent tenured for public relations.)

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