From instrumental reason to violent revolution

Bah. First they censor my blog, now this!

Website blows whistle on reasoning behind tutorial cut
Andrew Trounson
The Australian
August 31, 2011

A LEAKED email has laid bare the reasoning behind cuts to the number of tutorials within humanities and social sciences at the University of Adelaide: that they were driven by cost-cutting, contradicting assurances that they were for pedagogical reasons.

In an email passed to the HES by whistleblower website Unileaks, the head of Adelaide’s school of social sciences Greg McCarthy notified staff that agreed extra payments to casual staff to cover marking had caused a significant increase in costs that the university wasn’t prepared to pay for. And to make up for the shortfall he suggested that the number of tutorials be cut…

Also, note that RMIT has recently joined The Market in declaring that people with disabilities are uneconomic, deciding to abolish its Bachelor of Applied Science (Disability). In fairness to RMIT, reflecting the general contempt with which their clients are regarded suitably-qualified disability workers are poorly-paid and have low social-status.


I dunno.

Maybe unemployed and over-qualified minds could be made job-ready by filling abandoned mine sites with the useless bodies of the disabled?

About @ndy

I live in Melbourne, Australia. I like anarchy. I don't like nazis. I enjoy eating pizza and drinking beer. I barrack for the greatest football team on Earth: Collingwood Magpies. The 2023 premiership's a cakewalk for the good old Collingwood.
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12 Responses to From instrumental reason to violent revolution

  1. Andrew says:

    The same thing is happening at La Trobe university where I teach. The market entered the university a while back, but now it is developing a strangle hold. There are more bureaucrats, paper pushers and marketers in the university than there are academics. I’m not sure what is in store, but it is not looking great at the moment for Australian universities.

    (But you know, those academics don’t deserve it anyway. They all those ivory tower types who are given too much money.)

  2. @ndy says:

    That’s the place that used to have a music department yeah? Plus teach some stuff about some place called Africa? It’s a continent apparently, and people live there.

    Not very important people, mind you.

  3. Andrew says:

    What a waste of time to learn about strange places and music. How are you going to get a job? Just make sure that there is a business faculty, that’s all that matters really.

  4. KFA Comrade says:


    First you fail to cover the year of the Sun, anniversary of Kim Il Sung, the sun of mankind’s birth, then you ignore the facts of the Cheonan sinking. This blog is a den of ultra-revisionism and must be revise to brought in line with revolutionary thinking.

    S. Korean Regime’s Action to Cover up Truth behind “Cheonan” Sinking Case Disclosed
    Pyongyang, August 30 (KCNA) — Sin Sang Chol, member of the joint group for investigation into the “Cheonan” ship sinking case, on Aug. 26 posted on Internet radio “Voice of People” an article on the south Korean puppet authorities’ base action to hide the truth about the case.
    He recalled that the prosecution sued him and Seoul Central District Court put him on a trial on Aug. 22 for the mere reason that he disclosed the truth about the case.
    Right after the sinking, the stranded ship sent SOS signals, he said, adding that those facts were recorded in such data as the reports submitted by the navy and maritime police.
    The military authorities, however, kept the information about the ship’s navigation and exchange of telegraphic messages and the operation of the engine from being disclosed and groundlessly ignored the ship’s possibility of getting stranded and collided with other ship.

  5. anon says:

    @KFA Comrade

    U srs?

  6. KFA Comrade says:

    Are you serious? “Anon” did your mom didn’t even love you enough to give you a name. The person I must ask who serious is the owner of this “blog” who spouts of a lie and foists various revisionist lines on the leftist movement. You must revise your thinking post-haste.

  7. Aurel says:

    Not surprising…

    At La Trobe things are not looking good indeed.

    In Humanities, casual work has been cut to the bare minimum with professors having to tutor leaving post-graduate students without a chance to get teaching experience.

    Did anyone say long-term thinking was overrated?

    @ Andrew. I thought Bono saved Africa. Why would we need to study it anymore?

  8. @ndy says:

    …of related interest…

    From Robbins to McKinsey
    Stefan Collini
    London Review of Books
    Vol.33, No.16, August 25, 2011

  9. kurt says:

    Geelong (22.17.149)
    Collingwood (8.5.53)


  10. @ndy says:

    KFA Comrade:

    Last night the chairman of the Slackbastard Media Committee said that Kim Jong Il held high the banner of Songun and led the Korean revolution along the road of victory, working world-startling miracles for more than half a century since his start of the Songun revolutionary leadership.

    He stressed that the Songun politics is unique politics leading the DPRK people to one victory after another.

  11. dj says:

    Personally, I never got over the irony of them sending me a begging letter as an alumnus while I was working there and they were trying to shaft us with a crap enterprise agreement.

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