So after reading some of Samotnaf's blog post on the whole "Dr. J" debacle and what some people were saying in this thread, I gather that there is a feeling among at least some Libcom posters that a career in academia is incompatible with being genuinely pro-revolutionary. I will put my cards on the table and say that I am in school right now and thinking about a career in academia. The reason I want to do this is because it seems like one of the few jobs under capitalism where I would be able to do something I truly enjoyed (although obviously not under ideal conditions - it will still be alienated wage labor, etc). I personally see this as no different than what a friend of mine is doing; he enjoys the outdoors, hiking, etc, and is therefore training to become a wilderness guide. I enjoy (among other things) thinking, writing, and reading, and therefore I am trying to pursue a job where I can do those things and also make a living. Here is an essay I wrote for one of my classes. I believe my output as an academic would follow in a similar vein (but with more sophistication and thoroughness) -- can one of the anti-academic people point to where my argument has been compromised by the essay's status as a piece of work produced within the context of the academy?
Now I would hate to think that succeeding in this ambition would result in me being objectively unable to truly participate in a revolutionary movement. I also don't understand why the social role of academics supposedly does this. I would be interested in people presenting arguments for or against the compatibility of a career in academia with participation in revolutionary or pro-revolutionary movements. Feel free to link me to texts on the matter, but I can't promise I will read them right away. I am more interested in posters presenting somewhat concise arguments in their own words on the issue. Also, this is not a discussion of academia (or whether we will still have academia) after the revolution; it is a discussion of whether academics can participate in the movement in a genuine, unproblematic way.