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Boy how I wish their was an opiate for the acedemics. I think Marxism fits the bill. It's either that or tenure that induces them to spout the crap-o-la they do.
I believe it is well past time for state funded colleges take a look at the issue of tenure. When I look back at my own college years at the University of Florida 1966-1970,71., I realize now in my life's experiences and learning that much of what I was "learning" was propaganda. Now that might not be all that strange majoring in Political Science but the overwhelming degree of Marx approach to the historical dialectic, and life in general was crap. Fortunately I had been places as a military brat and could tell a con job quickly.
What I didn't possess at the time (and still wrestle with) was the ability to play the game. I challenged my professors with realities I knew and they in turn gave me "C" instead of the "B's" and occasional "A" I should have earned...I didn't "buy into the Marxist line, nor Hegel, nor Feuerbach.
I wasn't until my graduate level courses, many of which were round table "discussions" on various writngs, that these same professors began to agree to give me an "A" if I would simply go off and do independent research, no class necessary....I took the deal.
To date probably the easiest to expert to follow on Marx is Thomas Sowell. The book is Marxism: Philosophy and Economics
But read F.A. Hayek, The Road to Serfdom first ...at least that's my recommendation.
What a great piece and sooo true....The worst speak I ever encountered was in the financial world. Not only is the argot horrific but then you have to endure what inevitably becomes "the phrase"
The one I encountered with the greatest longevity was "going forward"...see that's what the entire market is about..."going forward" To hell with an examination of WorldCom or Enron and what corporate culture produced in those two labs. That was yesterday ..."going forward" things will be different...but ya know what Buddy..Wall Street is ego ground zero and they hunt the dollar like lions hunt gazelle. You can't have ethics and be successful on Wall Street.
Habu to Buddy over
Hmm. on re-read, you just used in the once. Damn--see what happens when you chase segues?
One of my pet peeves - argot that is so meaningless and ignernt.
I found a site the other night full of trendy words with a host who hated them all as much as I do. I'll try to find it and dump a few.
I remember telling my lawyer she should publish a small lexicon of 'lawyer' words so I could understand her. I had no clue and it just added to already tremendous stress. I felt stupid for one thing - as if I was supposed to know the terms.