[Marxism] An Alienated Finkelstein Discusses His Writing, Being Unemployable, And Noam Chomsky – Urban Times
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Fri Jan 31 07:39:54 MST 2014
Q: I think my larger question is whether there’s a role for scholars
outside of the academy?
A: The issue is earning a living. That’s the problem. There’s no
movement anymore, there’s no material sustenance if you don’t have
academia. But there are wonderful people who in my lifetime lived
outside the academy and made great contributions. Paul Sweezy who left
Harvard when he was an economist and became the editor of Monthly
Review. Occasionally he taught an adjunct position but his entire life
was really outside the academy. Yeah there was a place, now it’s just
very difficult because what exactly are you going to do in order to
sustain yourself unless you make good money writing. And there are
people who can make good money writing but they’re pretty scarce nowadays.
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