Rantings and tirades of a frustrated economist.
Not an overly good article. The assumption that somehow studying biotechnology is bad and bowing to "corporate interests" doesn't seem very realistic to me.Modern molecular biology is fascinating and certainly intellectually demanding. There is potential for a biotech student a) to go into medicine; b) go into a good government job; c) to into a good corporate job; d) make a lot of money; e) really benefit humankind. Given these positives, is it any wonder that universities and university students find biotech attractive?
Its funny..several decades ago a man wrote about the dangers of a large mass of highly credentialed but unemployable people. He wrote that such people were a larger threat to the stability of a country than the disgruntled poor. This class of scribes naturally desired to create a society were their skills were in demand and so always favored an endless expansion of government and state control. being educated and somewhat more organized than the working poor, they would be far more effective at agitating and forcing society to give them jobs and status despite thier lack of any real skills.Of course at the time he was talking about problems in what was then the third world. Little could this man have seen that this problem would infect the modern west,
I get your message Cap'n. Truly, I do. But if the little bounder is not off studying Poli Sci/Pre Law (I love the /?...don't you?)at Slippery Rock U...he has to live at home. Thus, I lose the recently converted bedroom to a man cave. Ergo, the equation becomes something along the lines of...oh, hell, you are the economist. From my perspective, I has a hideaway at $29K a year. Did I mention there is a lock on the door?
Here's another winner: "I don't even know what I'm looking for," says Michael Bledsoe, who described months of fruitless job searches as he served customers at a Seattle coffeehouse. The 23-year-old graduated in 2010 with a creative writing degree." Looks like another blog post opportunity.
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