The other day (here), I responded to an academic who insisted that tenured leftists were not to blame for the adjunct situation. He made it seem as though professors, together with the left generally, have no power whatsoever to change things. This is sheer nonsense, and let me give an example of change that was forced by liberals and leftists. This happened in the early 1970s, when feminists and blacks began complaining about the "old boy network" used for hiring and how that network excluded women and blacks. That system worked like this. The chair of a department at some outlying college who needed a new faculty member would call up his advisor from grad school and ask if they had any promising grad students they could recommend. The lucky one, generally a white male, would travel to the college and be chosen, or rejected, without a lot of the fuss that people now have to go through. In order to break the power of white males, the new system required nationwide searches on the part of the employers, which in turn required both employers and job seekers to meet at a big national conference. This in turn meant that job seekers had to prepare formal applications, gather letters of recommendation from their mentors, etc. So, yes, change can happen from within, and it can be implemented by enough professors demanding a change. Tenured leftists could have demanded changes in the way adjuncts are paid, though since that might have required that they (together with many administrators) take pay cuts, we can easily see why it didn’t happen.