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Last updated on August 8th, 2017 at 01:35 pm
Millionaire academic John Quiggin identifies with cinematic dockside workers:
There’s nothing new about workers being told, from day to day, whether they’ll be wanted and for how long – look at any old movie about the waterfront for illustrations. All that’s new is that it’s being done by computer now. And flexibility, in cases like this, is a zero-sum concept: the more flexibility ourbosses have to direct us, the less we have to run our own lives.
The million dollar grant Quiggin received from the government should allow him at least some small say in the running of his life. In between unloading freighters and such.
UPDATE. The Perfesser replies:
Oh boy, more politics of envy from Tim Blair and his fans. Nothing seems to burn these guys up more than a leftie who’s more successful than they are.
Just to be clear guys, I’m not a tenured professor. That million-dollar grant Tim keeps bitching about is open to competition. Feel free to apply and knock me off my perch.
UPDATE II. Millionaire Quiggin is deeply concerned about increasing income inequality. So he’ll be returning his grant any minute now.
UPDATE III. Quiggin in 1999:
In the past, the ephemeral nature of news has made it relatively easy for media commentators to bury their unsuccessful predictions. However, with the rise of the Internet, predictions remain to haunt their authors forever.
Quiggin is the Amityville of haunted authors.
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