Always tricky to try to point to typical anything. Interesting discussion over at Not-Even-Wrong blogsite http://www.math.columbia.edu/~woit/blog/archives/000204.html basically the issue is should young LQG people get more openings and support in the US. Thomas Larsson says no because (if I understand his reasoning) they are ignorant of something which he considers fundamental. Then there are other people in the discussion, one called "M" and one called anonymous, and so on. And also Peter Woit is sometimes talking, if I remember correctly. So I am thinking about a question basic to that kind of discussion which is WHO DO YOU MEAN WHEN YOU talk about young "LQG people"? Here, accordingly, are two I think are typical. They are at Perimeter Institute (PI) and Albert Einstein Institute (AEI) which are typical places to look if you want to find LQG people---especially young ones: grad students, postdocs, early-stage research fellows. Let us look at the kind of research they are doing lately. Laurent Freidel (PI and Uni.Lyon in France) Bianca Dittrich (AEI) These are the type of people that would get more postdocs and beginning faculty openings if you followed the proposals in Smolin's June 2005 "New Einstein" essay. And in regard to whom Thomas Larsson has faulted Smolin's essay because, as he says, it "more or less explicitly calls for more money" for this sort of young researcher. Larsson is a respectable guy, so let's look at the specifics. I will fetch links to Freidel papers and Dittrich papers of the past year or year-and-half.