The tortured souls over at The Philosophy Smoker have posted some crushing news about the economic condition of some institutions of higher learning. It's clear that this year's job market is going to be horrific. Maybe we'll even get another "Dear John, You'll never get a job" letter from the APA?
Anyway, here's a question:
Might there be a moral obligation for those who have jobs, are untenured, feel underplaced, and want to upgrade to not go on the job market this year? Vacated untenured lines are likely to simply dissolve (viz., untenured prof goes, the tt line goes as well), and the number of open untenured positions is already very low. So those who vacate untenured positions for untenured positions elsewhere are helping to shrink the overall number of jobs in philosophy.