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“…when they learn to be grateful to work for nothing…”
The other day there appeared in the New York Times an editorial about unpaid internships by a person called Anya Kamenetz. I first saw this article late last night on the dingy, sullied, brown floor of a public men’s room in Berry library. It was stuck to that floor in a molecular matrimony the agency of which I imagine you do not want to know. I didn’t read it; just saw it.
Then I ran across Andrew Samwick’s riposte to the article, and realized that the Lord had blessed my trip to the rest room that evening with glorious metaphor. It is what’s called crap, and the professor, far more eloquently than my preface here, explains as much. Anya’s piece is called “Take This Internship and Shove It,” and it decries the popularity of unpaid internships. Anya claims that the rise of unpaid internships is doing … something … to the labor market, and it’s a tragedy. It quickly becomes clear that the ‘bad’ inflicted upon the labor market is proved by the stunning (to the writer) fact that few modern young workers have AFL-CIO cards. Funny: I couldn’t think of anything more healthy for the labor market than seeing fewer and fewer people join an organization which opposes it.
MORE: Will Wilkinson comments hilariously here: “Anya Kamenetz ‘s mind is an ideological funhouse mirror designed to baffle and enrage the economically literate.”
August 14, 2013
Breaking: Of Crips and Bloods and Memories of Ghetto Parties
History repeats itself, first as tragedy and then as farce, or sometimes it just repeats itself. From the New York Times on November 30, 1998: At Dartmouth College, white students at a ”ghetto party” dressed…
June 25, 2013
Dean of the College Charlotte Johnson’s War on Students Part (2/2)
Part 1, Part 2 Today’s post again recounts the events that befell the Freshman. However, the content of the Hanover Police department report reproduced in this space yesterday is supplemented by information from my own…
October 18, 2009
When Love Beckoned in 52nd Street
We were at San Francisco’s BIX last evening, enjoying prosecco, cheese, and a bit of music. A full year of inhabitation in Northern California has unraveled to me no decent venue for proper lounging, but…
October 9, 2009
D Afraid of a Little Competish
So our colleague and Dartblog writer Joe Asch informed me that the D has rejected our cunning advertising campaign. Uh-oh. The Dartmouth is widely known as a breeding ground for instant New York Times successes,…
September 4, 2009
How Regents Should Reign
As Dartmouth alumni proceed through the legal hoops necessary to defuse a Board-packing plan—which put in unhappy desuetude an historic 1891 Agreement between alumni and the College guaranteeing a half-democratically-elected Board of Trustees—it strikes one…
August 29, 2009
Election Reform Study Committee
If you are an alum of the College on the Hill, you may have received a number of e-mails of late beseeching your input for a new arm of the College’s Alumni Control Apparatus called…
- The Dartmouth College Case
- 2007 Trustee Election
- Dartmouth Constitution
- Sunday Morning Sinatra
- The Indian Wars
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