The disinterested pursuit of learning

A scary, realistic perspective from Thomas H. Benton:

Graduate school may be about the “disinterested pursuit of learning” for some privileged people. But for most of us, graduate school in the humanities is about the implicit promise of the life of a middle-class professional, about being respected, about not hating your job and wasting your life. That dream is long gone in academe for almost everyone entering it now.

My soul is the humanities, but my formal disciplinary niche is the social sciences. Doesn’t help much for political theorists, though.