Academics don’t like to talk about money and power. The trouble is that in a market economy, you *have* to talk about money and power if you want to get anything done. One problem with not talking about money and power is that if you start talking about it, you very quickly come to the conclusion that large numbers of people are being horribly exploited money and power-wise in academia.
The bad part is that we are not talking about *much* money at all. All I want is enough money so that I’m not ashamed to face my kids. That’s not that much money in the grand scheme of things.