The Irony Of Government Motives In Support Of Anti-Intellectual Behavior

Dr. Adam Tabriz

A Closer Look At The Elements Of Anti-Intellectual Interventions To Manipulate Job Market And Economy

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The supply and demand of the various skills and intellect in the labor market is a significant component of any economy. That implies that the labor or the job market is intricately associated with other markets, including capital, products, and services.

Employability is a journey riddled with the endless cycle of attaining experience, new knowledge, intended education, and skills. Hence, in turn, it improves one's marketability. The latter helps enhance and maintain employment through various shifts in the labor market is essential. That is vital not only for individual success and prosperity but to the overall success of the societal economy.

Employability thrives on individual characteristics and specific skills, such as soft, hard, technical, and transferable. Those are the kind of traits that comes with an intellectual breadth that sets someone apart from others.

On the other hand, in a free market economy and a limited market, lack of employability utters frictional and structural unemployment, which meddles with labor force productivity.

In other words, if someone is not employed, that means they are not spending, thus, are not investing in other markets buying goods and services. Consequently, that translates into an economic downshift and added unemployment.

Employability Can Be Subject To Manipulation, Monopsony, And Monopoly

The employability of intellectuals only sometimes follows the supply and demand process, just like any other market.

Actions like wage setting, Monopsony, Workforce monopoly, licensing practices, and Economic Rent are a few artificial means of manipulating the eligibility and employability of intellectuals.
A monopoly differs from a monopsony. In the case of "monopoly," a single employer controls the supply of the workforce. In contrast, in a monopsony, a single entity, group, or person other than the employer, dominates the demand for that job opening. Some examples of the agents of monopsony are associations, unions, or even government administrations.

Manipulation Of The Labor Market Is Unethical, Hence Anti-Intellectual

One may disagree with the phrase "Anti-Intellectual" in the context of labor market interventionism. Nevertheless, one can also justify the phrase's utility merely because monopsony and monopoly of the labor market are tyrannical over intellectuals. Hence, any progressive academic, creative, social, and religious benefit the society around them.

Some may see labor market manipulation as under so-called “Interventionism.” Others, on the other hand, may justify control over intellectuals' employability by implementing sundry gates such as boards, associations, and certifications.

Although superficially makes sense under public safety rhetoric, it may have nothing to do with the individuals' capability and qualification for a given job. Moreover, it may not justify limiting an individual to practice for public safety.

The intellectuals of a society are the power grids supporting the economic prosperity of their community. However Anti-Intellectual standpoint of the existing global administrations is contrary to what politicians and bureaucrats are conveying.

For Instance, American Medical Association (AMA) traditionally identifies itself as the promoter of the art and science of medicine. The association has pledged to work for the betterment of public health while supporting the interests of associates it consolidated to serve as physicians.

Most medical communities and the public know that the same agency has supported the idea that there is a shortage of physicians in the country.

Ironically, the AMA has issued dire warnings against its sentiment in the recent past that there is, indeed, physician excess in the United States. They have even supported limiting the number of residencies it funds to 100,000 prospects a year.

Government administrations control intellectuals through licensing and economic rent to oversee the amount of money earned by certain scholars surpassing that of others, even if it is socioeconomically unnecessary. Not surprisingly enough, that comes with the impression that the rest of the intellectuals have political and social disadvantages.

Administrations justify licensing practices through public safety rhetoric. Those in support of radical licensing rules also argue that if everyone is permitted to offer specific services, the standard of services will plunge, placing public safety at risk. That is, even though licensing bodies are the agent of corruption merely because those bodies who also hold vested interests in the industry have authority over intellectuals.

“ Utter sophistication of the licensing scheme is an invitation to futile bureaucracy, often deeming to dictate overkill fault, hence costly to an individual’s worthiness.” — Dr. Adam Tabriz

Indeed, anti-intellectual practices by administrations around the globe are not a unique phenomenon. The diversity of its application expands into the political stage too. For instance, electing certain intellectuals to certain positions is a common practice for the Chinese communist government and administrations of many other countries. Of course, such privileging can shift from complete governmental control to various public associations, unions, and boards in some countries.

The anti-Intelectual stance of governments is well documented in history because intellectuals are on the front line of exposing their atrocities worldwide. Many politicians and bureaucrats despise and will do everything to prevent that.

The apparent contradiction of anti-intellectualism is its holding of contradicting positions, as it is often irrational. It takes control of the academic authority in pursuit of theory and knowledge, just like rationalizing the need for a tree cutter license to prevent inappropriate property damages caused by an untrained lumberjack. Alternatively, a shampooer in a hair salon must take 150 hours of training course to ensure clients are safe.

The anti-Intellectualism of the administrations is not without motive. Their motives are politically driven, benefiting a few and hurting many others. It happens today not exclusively in dictator systems but also in democratic societies.

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