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  •  the usual divide and conquer BS (1+ / 0-)
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    Theodore J Pickle

    blame scapegoats rather than the corporate overlords who, over the last 40 years, have gradually turned higher education in America into a for-profit enterprise.

    Admitting lots of students into grad school became an easy way of getting cheap labor to teach undergraduate courses. Then they could proceed apace with the gradual elimination of tenure--which is the ultimate goal. And they will achieve this goal regardless of how many foreign academics there are.

    In the absence of the immigrant/citizen divide, they will exploit other divisions to pit the remaining workers against each other.

    People always think someone else is getting a better deal than they are--no matter how small the group is, it can always be divided into smaller groups that the overlords can more easily exploit.

    It's always easy to demonize immigrants, who are more vulnerable than citizens, rather than put the blame where it belongs.

    Mindless supply-siderism was stupid economic policy. It's equally stupid labor policy.

    If you shrink the labor pool, thinking you'll have more pie left over for the rest of the labor force, what makes you think the corporate overlords won't simply grab that extra pie for themselves? You believe in trickle-down, after 35 years of supply-side failure?

    You're either incredibly naive, or incredibly disingenuous. Either way, you're a tool of the 1%--witting or unwitting, it doesn't matter. You're doing their work for them.

    Anyhow, the structure of the academy is being fundamentally altered by the Internet. Many services provided by universities can now be provided online to larger numbers of people. The bricks-and-mortar university of the future will be very, very different from how it is now. Time to find a new model.

    "In America, the law is king." --Thomas Paine

    by limpidglass on Fri Jul 12, 2013 at 04:41:52 AM PDT

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    •  proof by association fallacy (1+ / 0-)
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      so because the word "supply" is in "supply side economics" and in our argument that an infinite supply of labor results in lower bargaining power by workers, ergo both are one percenter lies?

      that has to be the shallowest argument i have seen in a long time.

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