[Marxism] Re And I thought I was the only person who couldn't stand Sebastian Budgen
markalause at gmail.com
Wed Jun 18 11:35:10 MDT 2014
The hierarchy is immensely more arcane and complicated than this, perhaps
because there has never been a UAW to make it more standardized.
THE ideological foundation of an academic self-perception centers on the
notion that it is somehow, when all is said and done, a meritocracy. And
that there a key signifiers that provide a shorthand for merit. Tenure is
only one of them . . . and it is not necessarily the most important. A
graduate student in an elite university might well rank higher than the
hard working employed academic in a lesser institution, whether tenured or
As far as the organized Left is concerned, that same grad student can be
the voice of the oppressed proletarian against the armchair (ie., not a
member of a sect) petty bourgeois academic. I have seen this, experienced
it and laughed about it for many years.
Whatever the yardstick, the plebes are just not going to measure up . . .
particularly if they don't stay in their place.
The problem comes when we buy into that meritocracy stuff or, worse, the
notion that some institutional connection means merit.
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