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The main skill of elite academics is winning positions and awards.

Dear Academics.

The difference between smart and stupid is not half as important as the difference between thoughtful and thoughtless.

Automatic academics.

The peer reviewed journal article is our eight-legged essay.

A strong suspicion.

This professor-turned-bureaucrat has never experienced intellectual pleasure.

Beyond disciplines.

Literature is too important to leave to literary studies. Politics is too important to leave to political science.

You do European studies.

Your position as a Europeanist, however, precludes you from keeping Europe in perspective.

The idea of “original research” is producerist nonsense.

It is bad enough that academics speak this way; it is even worse when we foist it upon our students.

Economics and psychology are the dominant social sciences.

This alone doesn’t make these disciplines “false,” but it does put the question of their “validity” into a different light.

The spirit of seriousness.

I am content with the fact that my colleagues don’t take me that seriously. I feel the same way about them.

Lawyers, academics, pundits.

Never trust anyone who gets paid to start arguments.