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"Everyone knows that this hiring dynamic is ubiquitous in academia. Most support it. I do myself, mostly." Can you expand on this a bit? What affirmative action policies do/don't you support and why?

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I support race-based affirmative action in hiring and college admissions under the initial justification (as a way to address structural inequalities), not the current "diversity" defense mandated by the Supreme Court. And I support them enthusiastically in spirit and very half-heartedly in practice, for reasons I've outlined in this space at length before.

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Academia is truly a strange culture, I wonder what other cultures/subcultures have values that participants are expected to embrace but also penalize people for talking openly about the values they are supposed to embrace. It's a weirdly gnostic orientation - yes there is a secret gospel of secret knowledge but jeez you can't just go around talking about it with people!

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Dude I have no fucking idea how you derive the trans shit from this but I have been very explicit about this, so 1) you catch a permanent ban, and 2) nobody else can comment on this post, congratulations.

You people are FUCKING OBSESSED.

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There are many concrete reasons my second career (after having a humanities degree) was in accounting. One of which is that it is a discipline that is by and large focused on competence. It is not something you can fake your way through for long without being exposed. Since basically all identity based hiring incentives hurt rather than help my odds of getting hired, choosing a field like this insulates me from at least some of that. It's a lot easier to live in a field where you are paid for your expertise and doing work you either can or cannot do with relatively little variance. Just trying to build up a fortress so I never end up jobless again.

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