The Struggle in Quebec

May 28, 2012 at 12:41 am (Uncategorized) (, , )

It may seem that while the pop culture stuff and political commentary is all fine and dandy, but lost in the shuffle at this blog is any word about the struggles in Quebec.

It may seem that way, but in fact the organization to which I belong is publishing a longer and hopefully more comprehensive statement that a short blog post. I’ll post that when it’s ready.

I will say though that at my workplace and in the places I frequent, there are two schools of thought. The first supports the students, noting that if the students and their allies lose, things won’t be any better for the rest of us. In fact they will get worse. (it’s likely things will get worse anyway, but only through struggle so things get better)

The second doesn’t. The most sophisticated argument I’ve seen (and in truth it’s not that sophisticated) says that students are middle class, so in fact what you’re doing is subsidizing the education of those who can already afford to go.

Hmm, well first of all, this is also about colleges where the percentage of working class students is much higher. Second,  by increasing tuition doesn’t that further exclude working class students, and third I DON”T CARE. Education ought to be free. This is a crisis of capitalism and capital must not be allowed to try to make the working class pay for it (it can’t be done anyway – this system is broken and cannot be fixed).

More to come



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