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marmar Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-10-11 09:38 AM
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A Corporate Stranglehold

from The Dartmouth.com:



Lohse: A Corporate Stranglehold

By Andrew Lohse, Guest Columnist
Published on Tuesday, August 2, 2011


At a party last week, a friend told me that Bridgewater Associates paid her $100 to explain why she didnt participate in sophomore Summer corporate recruiting. The sheer arrogance and senselessness of this anecdote made me sick to my stomach, partly because, as planned, the exercise made her second guess her choice. But I had to admit there was a certain conceited logic to it if this company can pay her $100 just to explain why she did not want to work for them, its easy to imagine how much cash she could rake in if she decided to pursue the job.

After I was done vomiting in my mouth, thinking of all the people who desperately need that hundred dollars, I began to think about the depth to which the recruiting culture has permeated our College. It has siphoned off some of our great minds into a dead-end field that sanitizes the intellect, offers almost nothing to human society, and conditions people to act in ways that are decidedly inhuman.

The whispered promise of recruiting stunts many undergraduates intellectual development at square one, commodifying their academic experience, papering over all other possible life paths or making them simply financially infeasible in contrast. It attempts to render insignificant the essential elements of a liberal arts education. Dartmouth is not a vocational school for investment bankers, nor should it be. We came to this school to probe big questions about why the world is the way it is not to conform to a withering ideal of wealth and virtual power that we have been manufactured to hold dear.

There are a few paradoxes about Dartmouth culture that I have always found deeply troubling, chief among them the cognitive dissonance between the brilliance of my peers and their complete lack of intellectual curiosity. Most of them are ambivalent at best, and at worst antagonistic, to the very concept of posing the hard questions about power, equality and history that we should be examining as undergraduates of a liberal arts college. They seem aware that doing so will not help them land a prestigious 16-hour-a-day job at some faceless hedge fund, where theyll learn about manipulating capital instead of imagining a freer and more just world. To think about inequalities would be a distraction from their manufactured task of perpetuating, rather than questioning, class-based systems of power and dominance. Is this what it means to be ambitious in our culture? Should this be the goal of the valedictorians of Ivy League institutions? No matter how hard I try, I cannot think of more pathetic ambitions. .............(more)

The complete piece is at: http://thedartmouth.com/2011/08/02/opinion/Corporate



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xchrom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-10-11 09:51 AM
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1. i've hated the MBA-ing of our culture for long time now. nt
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azul Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-10-11 09:58 AM
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2. Not exactly lack of curiousity
but lack of conscience, and unwillingness to see the requirements for a civil society and to work toward that rather than one class or person.
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