Here's a bouquet of resentments, all brought together in a new meme: high-priced education, bloated bureaucracies, fat public employee benefits. They come together this weekend in, e.g., The Economist's piece on how American higher education might go the way of the American auto industry. And here's an NYT book review on (gasp!) the end of tenure. And most dramatic of all, the Wall Street Journal zeroes in with malicious glee on what seems to all appearances to be a vastly overbuilt new "education center" in Los Angeles, [Update: And add Michael Barone on bubble-bursting. Alternate account: It's the capitalists.].
I won't claim any particular insight into what the Future May Hold, but this is one of those moments when I'm just as glad I'm at the end of my career, not the beginning. I've spent half my life enjoying the privilege of having the police to collect my salary.. I'm not at all ashamed of what I did for a living; on the whole I'm rather proud of it. But it is beginning to look like I rode the crest of the wave.