We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
The fundamental issue in the academic job market is not that administrators are cheap and greedy, or that adjuncts lack a union. It’s that there are many more people who want to be research professors than there are jobs for them. And since all those people have invested the better part of a decade in earning their job qualifications, they will hang around on the edges of academia rather than trying to start over. Such a gigantic glut of labor is bound to push down wages and working conditions.
Unfortunately, I’m essentially arguing that professors ought to, out of the goodness of their heart, get rid of their graduate programs and go back to teaching introductory classes to distracted freshman. Maybe they should do this. But they’re not going to.
I was my department's P&T chair for a decade or so. Faculty are evaluated on the basis of research dollars obtained, numbers of publications in high impact journals and Ph. D. graduates produced. Teaching and service are threshold items; you get punished for not doing them or doing them badly, but you don't get rewarded for them.
Also, universities are evaluated by the total amount of research dollars obtained each years and the average SAT/ACT of the their entering freshmen.
So, the Ph. D. glut will continue unabated because everyone involved, except the Ph. D. candidates, benefits from it. And a large Marxian surplus benefits the schools.
By the way, there is a very large surplus in STEM, too, at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. At the Ph. D. level, as many as 75% of all STEM candidates are foreigners, mostly Asians. Under current law, they go home. Under the proposed immigration bill in the Senate, they all would qualify for HB-1 visas and nearly all of them would stay, crushing STEM salaries. This, of course, is the desired outcome.