Leading the Charge

The nice thing about leftists is that they're willing to be first to experience the impoverishment they're so eager to bring down upon the rest of us:

A few weeks ago, I wrote about how I was giving up on academia and searching for a nonprofit job. I’ll be honest - I didn’t work that hard at the job search. I sent out maybe five resumes, had one interview. If I really set my mind to it, I could probably have found something in a few months. But due to the nature of part-time work, which forces you to constantly cycle through job after job (most of us TAs and adjuncts pick up side jobs like private tutoring whenever we find out that a section has been cut or an offer has fallen through), I’d already spent the past year and a half sending out resumes on a semi-regular basis, and I was tired. Plus, a funny thing happened when I emailed the department chair at my other campus to tell him I couldn’t keep the class I was teaching: he offered me another one.

I sat on the offer for a few days. Another class meant $1,300 a month instead of $650. It meant I could make rent and buy groceries. I emailed him to accept it, and then slumped in my chair and cried for an hour.

You know, it's funny how, working for an evil, exploitative private-sector employer, I make more in a week than someone with more education makes in a month working for benevolent employers like universities and non-profit organizations.

Just grow up and go to work in the private sector already, or quit whining about the wages.

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But the majority of these

But the majority of these "public service" type jobs go to the children of the well-off (the whiterpeople set), who can afford to bum around for years on mom and pop's dime. So in the long run, these idealists are unlikely to suffer from their impracticality.

From Half Sigma:

"There are actually only a very small number of public service positions that are fun and interesting. Thus you need the most prestigious possible credentials to get hired into such a position.

The janitor at the public school who cleans the bathrooms is performing a public service, but that’s not the kind of public service that rich kids are interested in."

Maybe. But I've noticed that

Maybe. But I've noticed that a surprising number of left-wing bloggers seem to be in fairly dire financial straits, despite being reasonably intelligent (in most ways) and college-educated. Part of it, I think, is that their disdain for commerce and fetishization of "public service" leads them to seek out employment in fields that only trust-fund kids can afford to work in.