Friends, this is what you get if you try to run a research university like it’s a community college or the University of Phoenix. That’s right: we’re officially a Carnegie-1 institution! What a joke. But at least we’re not misrepresenting ourselves to our job candidates by pretending that their lives as faculty at Baa Ram U. will be anything like working for a real research university.Do you want to know who is John Galt?
Speaking of which: maybe it’s time for a sit-down strike on the Tenure and Promotion Committee. Why should we enforce tenure and promotion standards like an R-1 when we’re staffed and funded like a community college?
There have always been men of intelligence who went on strike, in protest and despair, but they did not know the meaning of their action. The man who retires from public life, to think, but not to share his thoughts-the man who chooses to spend his years in the obscurity of menial employment, keeping to himself the fire of his mind, never giving it form, expression or reality, refusing to bring it into a world he despises-the man who is defeated by revulsion, the man who renounces before he has started, the man who gives up rather than give in, the man who functions at a fraction of his capacity, disarmed by his longing for an ideal he has not found-they are on strike, on strike against unreason, on strike against your world and your values.Withdraw your sanction. Withdraw your support.