On the Alleged Exploitation of Adjuncts

Mar 30, 2016 |  George Leef

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On the Alleged Exploitation of Adjuncts

Mar 30, 2016 | 

George Leef

Just as low-wage workers in the fast food industry as supposedly exploited by their employers, so too are adjunct faculty members. They have sweated to earn advanced degrees and badly want to work in the academic world, yet college officials offer to pay them a pittance for teaching courses. That's unfair exploitation, right?

Not so fast argue Jason Brennan of Georgetown and Phillip Magness of George Mason, the authors of a new paper on that subject. I discuss their arguments in this week's Pope Center Clarion Call.

In short, "justice for adjuncts" would cost a huge amount that should, arguably be spent instead on other things; it would also create bad unintended consequences, just as all interference in the market does.


| July 01, 2016 - 6:35 PM

There is a feeling abroad in the land that the universities deserve to stew in their own juice, or at least in the juice they prescribe for other businesses. And so they do.

It may be special pleading in me—I hope not—but I hope universities will be treated better than they deserve, and will be spared some of their own social-justice insanity.

After all, the nation and civilization depend on the universities for leadership. It is not only the universities that suffer if they destroy themselves.