Does this stuff happen in waves or what? I wrote about this two weeks ago, and now Sarah Vowell is pointing me to the same story on n+1: Death by Degrees. The story makes a lot of sense, though there are a fair number of sentences that make no sense at all, but they do add to the entertainment value. The basic idea is that credentials have become more important than ability and are becoming a destructive force in our society.
I am wondering if maybe we are not just victims of our own success, and our ability to produce. Many people work 40, 50, 60 hours a week not because they need the money, but because they can and because they like the money. I suspect we could probably get along just fine if we were all only working 20 hours a week. Problem then would be finding something to do for all those people who used to be working 60 or 70 hours a week, something besides sitting around and cooking up trouble, which is what the unemployed do now, don't cha know?