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  • N2Doc (5263 posts)
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    The right’s war on college

    “Starving the Beast” exposes the fight to destroy America’s great public universities
    Why does college cost so much? Because the far right is trying to undermine or privatize state universities


    Anyone who attended one of Bernie Sanders’ rallies during the Democratic primary campaign knows what the central issue was behind his call for “political revolution.” There was one unifying factor that drove Sanders’ unexpected groundswell of support and that crystallized all the themes of economic inequality and social injustice he repeated in stump speech after stump speech. Not by coincidence, it was also the most prominent issue on which Hillary Clinton ultimately felt compelled to move almost all the way to Sanders’ position, after repeatedly insisting that she disagreed with him. That issue was the cost of a college degree, perhaps the most visible symptom of a far-reaching attempt by the superrich and their ideological allies to reshape public education to serve their interests.

    At a certain point in every rally, the Vermont senator would ask young people in the crowd to call out how much they owed in student debt. I’m twice the age of many Sanders voters, and I heard numbers that dwarfed any amount of debt that I have ever amassed in a lifetime of irresponsible credit-card spending. Generally, the winner in a Bernie call-and-response session owed somewhere between $90,000 and $120,000 in higher-education debt, but sums in excess of $150,000 were not unknown. Maybe that level of debt seems almost comprehensible for someone who went to Harvard or Stanford and then straight into law school or medical school, although I still suspect it’s likely to have a baleful effect on those individuals and the whole society. But Bernie’s core audience went well beyond the Georgetown Law demographic — they were likelier to be graduates of Penn State or Arizona State, UMass or UConn or UCLA. When kids from those schools enter adult life owing that kind of money, something has gone badly wrong.




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  • Punxsutawney (1902 posts)
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    1. An old friend of mine

    Put herself through veterinary school and ended up with a “Mortgage” sized student loan deb, and this was 10 years ago.

    Just last week, one of my employees is staying on with the company now instead of going back to the state university because her financial aid fell through. Good for me I suppose as I don’t have to find a replacement now , but I feel for her and there’s something wrong when bright and capable young people can’t even afford to go the a state school.


    To neoliberals, everyone and everything are disposable. -  Chris Hedges  “The modern conservative is engaged in one of man's oldest exercises in moral philosophy; that is, the search for a superior moral justification for selfishness" - J.K. Galbraith
  • Pacco Fransisco (4182 posts)
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    2. Those idiots think anyone with a masters degree is a liberal.

    I am L0oniX  Fuck David and his pin head DLC 3rd way herd of goats
  • Demeter (5249 posts)
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    3. Unless you are completely uneducable, college changes you

    and when a subculture spends so much effort indoctrinating its youth, its authority figures get inflamed when the kids come home from college as functional adults instead of obedient little robot slave warriors for whatever fantasy counterculture the authority figures are trying to spread over the globe…

    Obama promised a lot of transparency. It finally showed up.--downwinder