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Podcast: The College Crisis


Empire, Power, and People with Andrew Gavin Marshall

The College Crisis

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We are in the midst of a major college crisis: more students than ever before are graduating with professional educations and immense debt into a jobless market with no opportunities. The result of such a scenario, as any historian would warn, is the development of social unrest, dissatisfaction, rebellion, and potentially, revolution. As over 100,000 students on strike protested last week in Quebec against increased tuition costs, with the government stating its intent to dismiss and ignore them, student movements and protests are developing all over the world: Egypt, Tunisia, Chile, Taiwan, Spain, Portugal, the United Kingdom, the United States and Canada. Where did this college crisis come from?

It helps to look back at the activism of the 1960s which saw a “surge in democracy” among the population, and which created a terrifying scenario for elites. The response of elites to this “crisis of democracy” was to reduce democracy. In a secret memo to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and a 1975 Trilateral Commission report, the “crisis” of popular participation in politics was identified, and the groundwork was laid for a counter-attack: neoliberalism, debt, and discipline. Today, we are seeing a further attack upon the population and democracy, and the students are beginning to stand up.

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Also see:

Class War and the College Crisis: The “Crisis of Democracy” and the Attack on Education”

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1 Comment

  1. mikecorbeil says:

    There was a province-wide sort of demonstration held in Montreal on March 22nd with around 200,000 students and supporters joining the demonstration there. I partook with students from the University of Sherbrooke and it was certainly an impressive size or mass that day. UofS students will be demonstrating today in Sherbrooke, though I don’t know if this will also include students from the colleges here and Bishop’s U.

    When you say 100,000 demonstrated last week in Quebec, do you mean the city or the province?

    Mike Corbeil

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