Adjunctification of academia is a choice. One made primarily at the board of trustees-into-senior administration level, but which has become accepted by all levels of admin and, frankly, departments, who wring their hands and say what can we do and then do it anyway.
I am not innocent in this. I do not pretend to be.
Hire your adjuncts as full time positions.
If you can't convince the admin to open tenure lines, I understand--the disconnect between faculty and administration grows yearly. But fight for lecturer positions at least.
I used my tenure portfolio to call for another full time hire in History, and if we ever get it it has to be our adjunct who has taught every class we offer, is brilliant and a fabulous teacher and deserves so much more than we can and have given.
I don't care what arguments you have to use. They are all there--discuss load, if you want, and advising, and service, and retention. Talk value proposition--look at the percentage of our classes taught by full time faculty!

I don't care. We have to fight for more humane jobs.

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1/ #MAMG20 The influence of neomedievalism in first-person video games is everywhere, but particularly prevalent in Bethesda Games—be it Skyrim or Wolfenstein or #Fallout4. Umberto Eco, who coined the term, thought “fantastic neomedievalism” was garbage, that the “avalanche of
2/ #MAMG20 pseudo-medieval pulp in paperbacks, midway between Nazi nostalgia and occultism” was not an area for academic study. He’s wrong on that last part, but unfortunately not on how Bethesda has used neomedieval tropes in their games. The Brotherhood of Steel in the #Fallout
3/ #MAMG20 series is pure neomedievalism—“knights” & “paladins” following a code, wearing massive suits of armor, fighting under the symbol of the sword & gear, they are a military order—austere in lifestyle, focused on mission, ready for combat. See .
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"But Thomas, slavery existed in Africa so Europeans were just following what everyone else was doing!"

Listen here fuckers. By 1555 King Diego of Kongo was expelling the Portuguese from his Kingdom for their repeated violations of Kongolese laws around slavery.
King Afonso of Kongo had already written to Joao III of Portugal in 1526 about the illegal practices of the Portuguese.

Don't pretend for even a second that Europeans were just going with some big racialized slavery flow and couldn't help themselves.
"We were just walking along and tripped and fell into a system of brutal human transportation, abuse and enslavement that grew along racial lines" shut the actual fuck up.

Tim Kaine was inelegant but the US took the already horrific European version of slavery and made it worse.
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Just because you didn't study it doesn't mean civilizations aren't there.
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