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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

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