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.
Like I say to people, I am Still trying to figure out what I want to be when I grow up.
that is nice when you are in your 20's, however being in your 70's and still saying it and it being true, truly sucks.
Not only did my defense committee not want to "read the whole thing" -- the Dean's representative didn't show up for the defense. One of my committee members said he'd sign off on anything. [To be fair, it covered 6 topic areas in 4 disciplines and was full of weird stats. "If you can't dazzle them with brilliance, baffle them with bullshit."]
Let's laugh, but also remember that if academics are somehow able to get as far as a tenured job at a quiet state school life is pretty sweet.
That is, it's sweet if you're lazy and like sitting around in a socialist paradise.
Teach one or two classes for half the year, write a few things as you prove yourself to those in your discipline, travel and present at conferences organized and paid for by others about the your early writings to equally under-utilized audiences, serve on hiring committees and then go off, finally, into the golden sunset (after collecting years of taxpayer guaranteed salaries) to reap lifetime pensions and health care (also taxpayer guaranteed).
Meanwhile, others in the private economy strive to support you and yours, like little worker-ants strive to support their queen, while you periodically rise up from your comfy reading chair to lecture the world on how they could improve themselves by also becoming socialists.