Thursday, February 5, 2015

Any meaning beyond the dollar?

Guest: Chris Mackanoff, organizing Director for Adjunct Action, discussed the 22,000 unionized adjuncts who have won improvements in pay, job security, evaluation processes, and access to retirement benefits.

We have had several programs on adjunct pay, student debt and the corporatization of higher education. Chris thought that part of it stemmed from laws against full time faculty joining unions, something that is now changing.

He also pointed to the 20 year cuts in funding for colleges and universities. The federal and state governments have driven the colleges to fund themselves in all the wrong ways. Million dollar a year college presidents are businessmen and women, focused on the bottom line rather than on intellectual pursuits. 

Perhaps the current privatization of everything reduces all human enterprise to the creation of profit. Colleges in the American Empire are just doing what all other collective entities in the country are doing. In denying that there is any meaning beyond the dollar, colleges are preparing our nation's youth for the intellectual decay that will surely follow, the "spiritual death" that MLK predicted for any country so obsessed with military conquest. 

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