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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