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Student protests against the effects of the economic collapse are spreading

A wave of student protests, reminiscent of the 1960s, has swept across California’s university system.  Students have wagged, teach-ins, class walkouts, rallies, demonstrations and sit-ins after the state government announced a 32 percent tuition hike in an attempt to recover lost revenues. Protestors erected barricades in Santa Cruz http://www.santacruzsentinel.com/localnews/ci_13844305.

In Berkeley students occupied the administrations building before mass arrests and beatings by the police. http://www.gcadvocate.com/2009/11/education-uber-alles/

http://www.insidehighered.com/news/2009/11/25/california

At Riverside the Chancellor, who mounted a bench to address the students, said “I understand the anger and frustration. I share the frustration.”  http://www.pe.com/localnews/highereducation/stories/PE_News_Local_S_webprotest.2219cd1.html

The state system’s top brass have now opened a dialogue with the protestors. http://www.universityofcalifornia.edu/news/article/22461

Meanwhile in Canada there has been a nationwide student protest against extreme poverty and which has already proved effective at getting the country’s  media to give less attention to the re-inflation of asset values and more to current real-world conditions, especially to the plight of children.

http://www.insidehighered.com/news/2009/11/25/california

  1. Better red than dead
    November 26, 2009 at 1:36 pm

    There has been student protests not only i North America, but also large ones at many universities in Austria and Germany:

    http://www.topnews.in/student-protests-spread-germany-and-austria-2235513

  2. November 26, 2009 at 2:52 pm

    Here is a video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8V-a1__5Ci8 of events in Berkeley. And here is another article on mass student protests in Germany. http://www.dw-world.de/dw/article/0,,4901195,00.html

    I also found these two letters on the WEB.

    The university occupation movement in Austria is now into its fifth week and is going from strength to strength. The media is supporting the protests, and commenting on the international character of the movement – and that the Austrian students have “infected” Germany with their radicalism. The movement is helping to put increasing pressure on the government.

    On 17 November there was the first Global Education Action Day. More than 300,000 people took to the streets across the world to demand a better education policy.

    Across Germany 80,000 students marched in 50 cities, and another 16 universities were occupied that day. In Italy 150,000 students protested. Tens of thousands took to the streets in France. More than 3,000 schools in 26 cities also took part in the protests.

    In Austria, although the metal workers’ wage bargaining was settled last week, it is still clear that students and workers have to unite to put further pressure on the government.

    The minister of higher education is planning a so-called “University Dialogue” next week – but only three students are invited. We are preparing “The Real Education Dialogue” on the same day and inviting everybody, including the minister. Newspapers now claim that he will attend both meetings. We are on the offensive and will continue to drive them in front of us.

    We want to connect not only all the different sectors of education but also go beyond that and see our struggle in the context of the system.

    Katharina Litschauer, Vienna, Austria

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    Inspired by the rapid spread of student protests in Austria, occupations in Germany have quickly spread from one university to another. Some 80,000 have taken to the streets demanding the abolition of tuition fees and an increase in funding for education.

    The demonstrations came only a few months after 270,000 students and school students protested and took the newly elected conservative government by surprise.

    The government has now announced an increase in student financial aid – a move that it had ruled out only two weeks ago. Reforms were also pledged by many federal states, which have far-reaching responsibilities in Germany’s education system.

    However, it remains to be seen if the politicians will stick to their promises. Students are now concentrating on widening the occupations and mobilising to protest at a planned education summit in December.

    In the past students were able to gain important victories. Following massive student protests, tuition fees were abolished in the federal state of Hessen. Crucial to past victories was a strategy that focused on building alliances with wider forces, especially the organised working class.

    Jonas Rest, Die Linke student executive, Germany

  3. John deChadenedes
    September 28, 2010 at 5:21 pm

    I would be interested in connecting with students of economics and public policy who have come to think that economics as currently taught is worse than useless. I started in philosophy and public policy, so when I first studied economics in graduate school, it immediately struck me that this so-called “science” starts with many false premises and builds on them using faulty logic. They ignore things that everyone knows to be true, pretend there’s no such thing as non-transitive preference, and never actually get down to saying what they think the purpose of the economy is! We need to start over and I’ve done a little work on what I think the basis for a true and useful science of economics might be. If you are interested, I can be contacted at deshoebox@gmail.com. I’ll send you my paper on “Five Elements Economics”, subtitled “Econmics as if truth mattered”.

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