academics A bias toward *state control is hardly surprising among people who live off other people’s *taxes (instead of making, net, contributions to tax funds) within a state-imposed *monopoly system; most existing academic jobs would disappear without the state. Hence, most academics can hardly pose as disinterested scholars in *political matters. It is to be expected that they tend to exhibit *politically-correct (PC) views to a far higher degree than can be found among most of the *population. This is particularly so in the humanities and social sciences, where academics are occasionally *ideologues doing little more than pursuing their hobbies and *propaganda at the expense of tax-victims.

Because of the way that *universities are predominantly funded by taxation, academics, in conjunction with their universities, are to some degree able to dictate the types of courses available instead of the students deciding for which courses they are prepared to pay. With some PC ideological academics a consequence of their courses can even appear to be that their students graduate with less *knowledge, in the sense of *true theories *believed, than is available to *common sense. The general system of peer-reviewing for articles, funds, and promotion within a very uniform, monopolized system makes for an intellectually unhealthy orthodoxy that discourages bold conjecture and *competition in every theoretical subject (the history of science is replete with the suppression of ideas—such as plate tectonics and species destruction by asteroid impact—later accepted, only to suppress their competition in turn) and practical modus operandi (the number of years for study, courses, etc., shows no great variety).

State academics are not highly paid, despite being grossly overpaid in terms of market *supply and demand and efficiency: for the lack of *free-market allocation means that the wrong academics are being paid to teach the wrong subjects to the wrong students. With a free market pay and conditions will vary, of course. Overall the sector seems likely to contract as people reject the plethora of dubious *qualifications that the state has tax-subsidized; and professors that are PC are likely to disappear. Should *libertarians take such jobs anyway? Yes, but see *hypocrisy.

See *education.

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