n+1: Death by Degrees
Jason Belich stashed this in corruption
This publication is decidedly leftist in it's perspective, but this piece is very clear in it's hostility towards artificial barriers to entry via arbitrary credentialism.
"Not all the demons identified by the Tea Party have been phantoms. We on our side are right to reject rule by the 1 percent — and so are they right to reject rule by a credentialed elite. Introductory economics courses paint “rent-seekers” as gruesome creatures who amass monopoly privileges; credential-seekers, who sterilize the intellect by pouring time and money into the accumulation of permits, belong in the same circle of hell."
The irony here being the '1%' and the 'credentialed elite' are the essentially same pool of people.