But in any future I can plausibly imagine where the government actually axes education, the savings go to things like enriching the leaders’ cronies and launching vanity wars.
and that's pretty narrow-minded, although of course he's just riffing. aaronson's politics tend to get in the way an awful lot, considering it's a physics blog mostly for physics. the adage about sticking to what you're good at comes to mind.
anyway, his objections mostly miss the point. mentions anti-research, doesn't mention the reproducibility crisis; claims that the system built for smart people is good at producing more smart people despite the obvious possibility that he's reasoning backwards, etc.