[Marxism] Fwd: Review of Thorstein Veblen, 'The Higher Learning in America, ' first annotated edition | InsideHigherEd.com

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Wed Apr 15 07:27:42 MDT 2015

“The school becomes primarily a bureaucratic organization,” writes 
Veblen, “and the first and unremitting duties of the staff are those of 
official management and accountancy. The further qualifications 
requisite to the members of the academic staff will be such as make for 
vendibility, volubility, tactical effrontery [and] conspicuous 
conformity to the popular taste in all matters of opinion, usage and 
conventions.” The cumulative, long-term effect on the life of the mind? 
“A substitution of salesmanlike proficiency -- a balancing of bargains 
in staple credits -- in the place of scientific capacity and addiction 
to study.”


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