David Graeber

bullying: unprovoked attacks designed to produce a reaction which can be held out as retrospective justification for the attacks themselves

In academic environments where most people were first drawn to their careers by a sense of intellectual excitement, but feel they then had to sacrifice that sense of joy and play in order to obtain life security, it is extremely unwise to be seen as visibly enjoying oneself

if one wanted to start means-testing, even for billionaires, then one would have to set up a bureaucracy to start means-testing again

How could a system ostensibly designed to give scholars the security to be able to say dangerous things have been transformed into a system so harrowing and psychologically destructive