This-essay is a7607061.htm which is available at the web-site www.essayz.com. See more notes at the bottom. Previous-Essay <== This-Essay ==> Following-Essay By-Months By-Years By-Words Webs of Like-&-Un-Like ESSAYS <==> Like-&-UN-Like This-One ========================================================== %ACADEMIC POLITICS 760706 Politics is the process of allocating scarce communal resources. Citizens with a high level of intellectual/rational ability are relatively rare and constitute a scarce communal resource. The process of allocating their time is thus a political process. This process traditionally takes place within academic communities. It is only indirectly related to the secular political process. The allocation of intellectual ability tends to be more responsive to the disposition of the intellectuals than to the essential communal needs. Intellectuals tend to seek truth for its own sake, not for the help it may be in meeting essential communal needs. They tend to absolutize the value of truth and shy away from attitudes which affirm the relevance of truth to basic human needs. They fear that attention to the human utility of truth will block the way to the collection of greater quantities and greater generalities of truth--- which might in the future meet human needs, provided tomorrow's intellectuals are interested in meeting basic human needs. Intellectuals tend to feel that all truths are valuable, and so do not have meaningful criteria to make comparative evaluations of truths. They also tend to forget that not all values are truths. Intellectuals too often confuse truths with values, and presume to be apolitical while they allocate scarce intellectual communal resources. Much has been said about monopolies within the business community. There are laws to regulate business monopolies. Monopolies exist within the academic community which is unaware of them. Perhaps it is felt that those who are dedicated to the search for truth are immune to the corruption of power, and so will not abuse a monopolistic situation. Via collusion academics control which truths are marketed through their monopolistic system. Their system enjoys both vertical and horizontal integration, much as the energy industry of the 1970's. To enter the academic political system requires submission to a socialization process in which the novitiate picks up the traditional value system and learns how to make traditional value judgements. Thus the academic community can control the market and define which truths are valuable and which truths are not valuable. (c) 2005 by Paul A. Smith in www.essayz.com Search for Integrity and Honesty (On Being Yourself, Whole and Healthy) ==========================================================Lines beginning with a percent sign are KEYWORDS for use in ESSAY-System Searches. Their terminal digits are dates of writing in the format @yymmdd#, where @ = a means 99, @ = b means 20, and # = is a within-date essay-count. Links to date-adjacent essays are near page top & bottom.
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