Chomsky on Neoliberalism, Exploitation and the Decline of U.S. Higher Ed


The following is an edited transcript of remarks given by Noam Chomsky via Skype on 4 February 2014 to members of the Adjunct Faculty Association of the United Steelworkers in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  Robin J. Sowards prepared the transcript and there was additional editing by Noam Chomsky. While our New York-minute society may recoil at a post that transpired over a year ago, it was sent to me today from an exploited off-the-tenure-stream temp who is facing a career crisis of non-renewal. It is one of the more searing analysis of the venality of post-secondary education in the United States where labour is construed as chattel and a mere appendage of the machine!

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…

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