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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.”


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