Thursday, 7 June 2012

A message to striking Québécois students

Students in the Canadian province Quebec are engaged in prolonged efforts of civil disobedience and direct action against the Quebec government's planned increase in tuition fees, and the Harper government's plans for austerity cuts to education as a whole. I encourage all to contribute their messages of solidarity to the Solidarity with Quebec students on strike Tumblr. My own is the following:


As soon as education is run for the purposes of profiteering, its meaning of purpose and principle becomes intrinsically devalued. Rather than being the publicly accessed priority  to alleviate the talents, merits and intellects of all individuals in society as it should be, it merely serves to ensure collectivist neoliberal control via the methods of debt and wage slavery. The Quebec student movement is in many ascepts the western hemisphere’s parallel to the efforts for universal education seen in Chile. I am keen on a slogan of the latter movement: “If they won’t let us dream, we won’t let them sleep.” In a broader sense, the defence of education from corporate profiteering and commercialization is a stand for basic human dignity and justice from hegemonic agendas a whole. The movement in Quebec serves as an example to the rest of the developed world on how to respond to them effectively.

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