It's so obvious I shouldn't have to say it. - Comments on 9 November for the Middle Class
Thousands of students did not come to the protests against cuts to educational funding in London today because the police in London warned them the night before they planned to use rubber bullets on them.
What in the Kent State hell have we come to here?
The Prime Minister triples university fees and tries to privatize higher education - essentially seeking corporate sponsorship for university courses.
And do the Chancellors of the Universities of Great Britain rise up in protest and disgust at the idea that the orientation and focus of what happens in the classroom should be what corporations want? Do they? No. They are too busy sucking up to corporations themselves to get the latest Glaxo Smith Kline Drug Testing Facility/University Lab.
And do the alumni of the universities rise up and express disgust that corporations have somehow made the agenda of the universities their decisions? No. They are too busy serving corporations, shopping, spending, working, commuting in service to their mortgage, treading water, barely keeping up.So the only people left to guard the idea of free inquiry into truth that is the beating heart of universities are these students, these people barely adults themselves, that is who we have left to send in this war against the corporations, in this fight for the souls of our universities and THEY are intimidated out of their right to protest by threats of violence. Who is threatening them away from this essential work? The police, the very people who should be protecting them. What kind of shitty world do we live in?
How long will we let every organizational unit of human identity go the hell because it has to suck up to money? The church, the government, the universities? I am disgusted at the weakness of our leaders. I am disgusted at our blindness. I am disgusted at our apathy.
I am also dog tired and in a bad mood so I am going to put my son to bed. But I ask you, dear reader, what do you think a university is for ? What does it protect? Should it protect its endowment or should it protect free inquiry and knowledge? Aren't you sick? Doesn't this make you sick? I can't pretend the world is not very very ill.