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February 28, 2014  |    The following is an edited transcript of remarks given by Noam Chomsky via Skype on 4 February 2014 to a gathering of members and allies of the Adjunct Faculty Association of the United Steelworkers in Pittsburgh, PA. The transcript was prepared by Robin J. Sowards and edited by Prof. Chomsky.


On hiring faculty off the tenure track

That’s part of the business model. It’s the same as hiring temps in industry or what they call “associates” at Wal-Mart, employees that aren’t owed benefits. It’s a part of a  corporate business model designed to reduce labor costs and to increase labor servility. When universities become corporatized, as has been happening quite systematically over the last generation as part of the general neoliberal assault on the population, their business model means that what matters is the bottom line. The effective owners are the trustees (or the legislature, in the case of state universities), and they want to keep costs down and make sure that labor is docile and obedient. The way to do that is, essentially, temps. Just as the hiring of temps has gone way up in the neoliberal period, you’re getting the same phenomenon in the universities. The idea is to divide society into two groups. One group is sometimes called the “plutonomy” (a term used by Citibank when they were advising their investors on where to invest their funds), the top sector of wealth, globally but concentrated mostly in places like the United States. The other group, the rest of the population, is a “precariat,” living a precarious existence.

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Re: Chomsky: How America's Great University System Is Getting Destroyed
« Reply #1 on: March 03, 2014, 02:39:16 PM »
Gold age is gone, dear. So system changes everywhere, at times destroying very strong view, notion and practice. In many respects, we care  for benefits , I mean materialistic gain.

Thanks for sharing.

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Re: Chomsky: How America's Great University System Is Getting Destroyed
« Reply #2 on: March 03, 2014, 04:49:42 PM »
Dear Shampa apu,

"Nice"
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Re: Chomsky: How America's Great University System Is Getting Destroyed
« Reply #3 on: March 16, 2014, 09:12:37 AM »
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