The most slippery, deepest slope ever!

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OK, mit den W1-Stellen für die Nachwuchswissenschaftler haben wir uns abgefunden. Dann kamen aber die Tenure-Track-W1-Stellen – natürlich entgegen jedem moralischen und juristischen Bedenken gegen Hausberufungen. Nun kommen schon W2-Stellen für Nachwuchswissenschaftler.

Dieser Slippery Slope ist sehr tief. Mindestens so tief wie die Abwertung der Habilitation an deutschen Unis nach der Einführung der Juniorprofessur. Mindestens so tief wie der Status derjenigen, die die klassische deutsche Unikarriereleiter erklommen haben, nach der 12-Jahre-Regel. Mindestens so tief wie das symbolische Kapital desjenigen Bundeskanzlers, der die PDs und apl-Profs ein Siebtel der deutschen Uni-LVs ohne jegliche Besoldung zu machen verdammte; des Menschen, der seinen belesensten Minister einen Kulturpudel nannte; desjenigen also, der hätte wissen sollen, dass die militante Antiintellektualität nicht zum politischen Profil seiner Partei gehört, sondern zu einer gaaaanz anderen…

Der ist 18 Jahre später schuld an dieser Entwicklung.

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There was two decades ago a German chancellor who was very proud of his working-class origin. But working-class pride was only one dimension of his political program. Another dimension was his militant anti-intellectualism, which, at least in Germany, should have made the working class a bit more cautious towards him. Anti-intellectualism, you see, had been a constraint of another ideology, not of the left.

Schroeder – does anyone remember the name? – used to call the one philosopher in his cabinet, the influential political philosopher Julian Nida-Ruemelin, “culture poodle”, referring to his curly hair. Rudeness, taken alone, is not a sign of anti-intellectualism. But then Schroeder promoted the assistant professorship of recent PhDs. OK, we swallowed this, but then he also prohibited universities to employ people with a second monograph for more than 12 years unless as professors. By doing this, he sent those who had climbed the traditional career ladder to unemployment at the age of 40 (while they continued teaching at the university without a salary!) while rendering the assistant professorships of the 30-year-olds to tenure-track professorships without a second monograph. As of today, one out of seven classes at German universities are conducted by people who climbed the classical German career ladder : PhD AND then second monograph, without earning one penny for this! They keep up the hope that some of the professorships not occupied by Schroeder’s youngsters will be theirs some day.

What I found today in the internet is appalling: obviously we have the first associate-professor posts for young PhDs. This slippery slope was deeper than even Schroeder’s anti-intellectualism.

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