@3 months ago with 5303 notes
#tuition fees #milbank #uk politics #politics #big society #david cameron #tories
“THEY TALK ABOUT VIOLENCE” I collected a whole bunch of leaflets, propaganda and flyers during the 2010 student protests. I think I got this flyer at the second or third demo after Millbank, produced by one of the anarchist affinity groups which operated at the time.
"If you look back at what happens since that time there have been a lot of measures introduced to impose discipline. Take something as simple as raising tuition fees – it’s much more true in the US than elsewhere, but in the US tuition is now sky high – in part it selects things on a class basis but more than that, it imposes a debt burden. So if you come out of college with a big debt you’re not going to be free to do what you want to do. You may have wanted to be a public interest lawyer but you’re going to have to go to a corporate law firm. That’s quite a serious fact and there are many other things like it. In fact the drug war was started mainly for that reason, the drug war is a disciplinary system, it’s a way of ensuring that people are kept under control and it was almost consciously designed that way… The idea of freedom is very frightening for those who have some degree of privilege and power and I think that shows up in the education system too. And in the workplace… for example, there’s a very good study by a faculty member here, who was denied tenure unfortunately, who studied very carefully the development of computer controlled machine tools – first developed in the 1950s under the military where almost everything is done…"
@4 months ago with 161 notes
#noam chomsky #education #tuition fees
"Taking out hefty student loans has become a normalized feature of college life … Parents, for the most part, don’t ask too many questions. They are cowed by the prestige of colleges or are anxious not to puncture their children’s aspirations. As for the borrowers themselves, most are not old enough to drink when they are approached, like subprime-mortgage dupes, with offers they cannot refuse."
@7 months ago with 139 notes
#education #tuition fees
"The burden of debt has become the lens through which I see my workplace, and it is rapidly altering my view of my profession. I can no longer fulfill my classroom duties without wondering if the ultimate price, for many of my students, is a form of indenture."
@7 months ago with 441 notes
#education #tuition fees
NYU professor Andrew Ross, who last November helped launch the Occupy Student Debt Campaign, in a piece that asks if it’s time you stop repaying your student loans. (via newsweek)
Good piece. Personally I don’t think it’s going too far to say that consumer debt these days is a financialized form of indenture. Student loans, credit cards, car leases, consumer loans, subprime mortgages — these are flagrant hustles designed to funnel people’s life energy into the ruling class’s vampiric upward redistribution scheme for half their lives or more, so that they live to pay their financial masters rather than living life for themselves. That’s some pretty fucking sinister shit.