Comment of the day:

The university, as Benton suggests, has developed about as cutthroat a job market as one finds in 21st century capitalism. It’s a winner take all model that allows people doing the very same job to be paid wildly different salaries, something no corporation would permit, if only for its detrimental effects on morale. So much for the academy as a bastion against the market.

Sometimes the irony is hard to swallow.