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An additional complication is that the entire question is infested with class politics.

Possibly the most damaging thing to happen to both academia and craftsmanship is the way the leisure class has latched on to "superior education" as justification for their privilege.

It's damaging for those who become craftsmen, because they are denied their fair share of political power.

It's damaging for those who are incited to join academia for the privileges offered to academics (both those offered to academics and the privileges pretend-offered to academics but in reality only available to the leisure class). They have a much higher risk of washing out, a couple of dozen thousand bucks in the hole from student loans.

And it's damaging for society's ability to materially provision itself, because the people who join academia for the perks would probably be more productive doing skilled labor.

At least rule by divine right only fucked up theology...

- Jake

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by JakeS (JangoSierra 'at' gmail 'dot' com) on Sat Jan 25th, 2014 at 01:51:52 PM EST
At least rule by divine right only fucked up theology...

Nah, they fucked up most of what they touched. One of the biggest complaints about James I was his use of patents to grant sinecures to his courtiers. Of course it didn't help that he was bi-sexual and some of the patents, such as for salt, were given to gay lovers. It was Puritan England, after all. But some things never seem to change. If you have divine right who could question your choice of sex partners? How impertinent of those Puritan divines.  

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by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Sun Jan 26th, 2014 at 01:25:23 AM EST
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