It’s no longer unusual to hear of academics who are unemployed, underemployed, and seeking refuge from often exploitative higher education employment. From some of the horror stories I’ve heard, it does sometimes appear that nowadays universities will not give tenure unless arms are duly twisted.
Is a tenured position becoming a mirage? Is getting tenure akin to being a Tribute in the Hunger Games? As long as one Tribute physically survives the struggle by soul-destroying effort, the legitimacy of the Capitol remains?