Phi Beta Cons

Where Marxism Endures

It has been said that the strongest remaining bastion of Marxism is the American higher-education system.

Among other pieces of evidence for that proposition, one might point to Prof. Marc Bousquet’s book How the University Works: Higher Education and the Low-Wage Nation, which my Pope Center colleague Jay Schalin reviews here.

I started reading the book last year, but stopped before the sound of fingernails on a blackboard (the author’s constant use of Marxian lingo is like that) drove me crazy.

It’s true that many people who were drawn to earn Ph.Ds by the allure of a well-paid, secure employment wind up either doing something else or struggling to get by as adjunct faculty, but the solution is not to create “good” jobs for all of them but to stop overselling higher ed as a career.

George Leef — George Leef is the director of research for the John William Pope Center for Higher Education Policy.

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