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March 01, 2016

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sH2

According to the occupiers and their supporters, learning useful skills and thereby becoming employable “is exactly what education shouldn’t be [about].” Which suggests they probably aren’t the engineers and biochemists of tomorrow.

There's your problem.

David

The titans of tomorrow.

Hear them roar.

David

In other news, it turns out that “hate crime” hoaxes are still very much in fashion:

The evidence gathered against [the students] included interviews with 35 bus passengers, video from a dozen security cameras on the bus and mobile videos taken by passengers. “No male struck the three women,” the police statement said. “The evidence indicates they were actually the aggressors... and that they continued to assault the [real] victim despite the efforts of several passengers to stop them.” “What happened on the bus was not a ‘hate crime,’” [university police chief, Frank] Wiley said. “The only person we heard uttering racial epithets was one of the defendants.”

A catalogue of similar hoaxes, including several that are quite audacious, can be found here and here.

Jonathan

In other news, it turns out that “hate crime” hoaxes are still very much in fashion.

Naturally, the real perpetrators are not being charged with a hate crime:

"“I especially want to point out that what happened on the bus was not a ‘hate crime.’ We spent a great deal of time carefully reviewing the audio recordings to determine whether any racial slurs were used,” Wiley said in his statement. “The only person we heard uttering racial epithets was one of the defendants."

Jonathan

Hear them roar.

All fourteen of them.

Joan

Naturally, the real perpetrators are not being charged with a hate crime

#BlackLiesMatter

Farnsworth M Muldoon

From the Sheffield "Our University" tweets:

"Lectures as normal at the occupation, sign of good protest management I think. Thanks @freeunisheff"

Rather than a sign of good protest management, I would think that everything going on as normal is a sign of a rather ineffectual protest. However I think Lacan is indistinguishable from a lemur, so I may be in error.

Regarding the protesters, The Mighty 14 with their little fisties in the air are not exactly latter day Huey Newtons, (or Wayne Newtons, for that matter).

David

“Our University”

Funny how it’s somehow become their university, as if theirs to do with as they please, and yet they don’t want to pay for any of it.

Dr Cromarty

I don't tweet but I hope someone lets the little darlings know how much we're laughing at their histrionics

Dr Cromarty

Given the number of begging letters I get from my alma mater (not Sheffield) the only way universities will clamp down on these little Wolfie Smiths is for alumni to tell them the money will stop flowing otherwise...

Twisted Root

I don't tweet but I hope someone lets the little darlings know how much we're laughing at their histrionics

Histrionics; is that a degree course now?

rabbit

In 1987, Allan Bloom, a progressive, wrote The Closing of the American Mind, where he described how political activism was replacing scholarship in higher education. Were he alive today he would be dismayed at how things have gotten worse.

rabbit

A couple of years ago, the then minister of education admitted that the aim of the regime’s policies was “not to take the people out of poverty so they become middle class and then turn into escuálidos” (a derogatory term to denote opposition members). In other words, the government wanted grateful, dependent voters, not prosperous Venezuelans.

It would appear, then, that the sole purpose of the Bolivarian Revolution was to keep PSUV (the Venezuelan socialist party) in power.

And to what purpose was this power? To make party leaders rich?

Dr Cromarty

Histrionics; is that a degree course now?

Almost certainly a core module in many a gender-studies course

RY

Off topic:

The leap day is a women-hating, salary-stealing, birthday-wrecking, interest-hungry excuse for 24 hours.

https://www.theguardian.com/science/shortcuts/2016/feb/28/is-29-february-capitalist-conspiracy

From the "science" pages of the Guardian.

David

From the “science” pages of the Guardian.

Imagine the Guardian’s office parties. They must be such fun.

rabbit

RY:

Reasonably sure that article was satirical, a mocking of all-too-typical Guardian offerings.

R. Sherman

. . .the only way universities will clamp down on these little Wolfie Smiths is for alumni to tell them the money will stop flowing otherwise...

This actually works. Alumni outrage expressed in a severe diminution of contributions, as well as nastygrams to the state legislature helped encourage Mizzou to terminate its relationship with Melissa Click. I had a serious Mizzou student engaged in alumni telephone solicitation ( tell me off the record she'd received virtually unanimous pushback from angry former students.

RY

@rabbit

You're probably right. It's increasingly difficult to tell if they are actually mocking themselves.
:)

Stuck-Record

Wow! They've got 44 followers on Twitter.

It's like the Arab Spring all over again.

TO THE BARRICADES!

mojo

Comrade Nicky apparently thinks a website that publishes the black market exchange rate for dollars/dolars (the real ones, not the fantasy rate insisted on by the gubmint) is causing the Venezuelan economy to collapse. Those evil capitalists sure are tricky, huh Nicky?

http://www.miamiherald.com/news/nation-world/world/americas/venezuela/article63211337.html

rabbit

RY:

The confusion is understandable. The article wasn't any more ludicrous than the typical Jessica Valenti offering.

Except Valenti isn't as lucid.

mojo

"I think Lacan is indistinguishable from a lemur"

Well, as long as you can tell a hawk from a hand-saw, eh?

Oh, and hand the "occupiers" a bill for the use of the hall. "Our university" my ass.

mojo

"City AM" (whatever that might be) seems to think I shouldn't be blocking their ads.

Tough titty. The exact same info is available elsewhere, you know.

David

The more the clownlings speak, the more absurd and dishonest they sound:

The Free University of Sheffield said: “From the start of our occupation, we planned to create a space that embodied our principles of free education, by making the space our own. However, this was never to be at the inconvenience of students expecting to have lectures in the auditorium… The university has decided to move all of the lectures scheduled to take place in the auditorium to other parts of campus. This was practically unnecessary because of our willingness to facilitate the prior organised lectures.”

How incredibly gracious of them.

The protesters accused university management of “restrict[ing] access to critical voices and dissent,” adding: “It is not in their interests to expose their students to criticisms of their model of capitalist, competitive, individualistic education.

So despite their selfish and juvenile ‘occupation’ of a lecture theatre that other people had booked and wanted to use, and despite their stated plan to “make the space [their] own” and thereby impose on others, the protestors claim they weren’t going to disturb or disrupt anyone else’s lessons with their hackneyed posturing. But as those other lectures have been relocated elsewhere, the protestors are now claiming that the university management is “restricting access to critical voices and dissent.” There seems to be some dissonance between the two claims. Were they planning to share their “dissent” in other people’s lectures or not?

And as so often, note the vanity.

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The protesters accused university management of “restrict[ing] access to critical voices and dissent,” adding: “It is not in their interests to expose their students to criticisms of their model of capitalist, competitive, individualistic education.

Lol. Yeah, students *never* get to hear anti-capitalist wank "critical voices and dissent".

David

Lol. Yeah, students *never* get to hear anti-capitalist wank “critical voices and dissent”.

And especially not in Sheffield, in the heart of the “socialist republic of South Yorkshire.” Good heavens, no.

WTP

Ah, the "so engorged with entitlement " link pic...that's one of the knighted Pink Floyd musician's kids, iirc. Wonder what he's done with his privileged life since.

David

Ah, the “so engorged with entitlement” link pic...that’s one of the knighted Pink Floyd musician’s kids, iirc

And so definitely a member of the oppressed proletariat.

John D

"Statistics on the prevalence of marriages between close relatives today are scarce. Once common practice in Western societies, estimates suggest the Middle East, along with Africa, continue to have the highest levels in the world. In Egypt, around 40% of the population marry a cousin; the last survey in Jordan, admittedly way back in 1992, found that 32% were married to a first cousin; a further 17.3% were married to more distant relatives. Rates are thought to be even higher in tribal countries such as Iraq and the Gulf states of Saudi Arabia, Yemen and Kuwait."

http://www.economist.com/news/middle-east-and-africa/21693632-marriage-between-close-relatives-much-too-common-keeping-it-family

David

In Egypt, around 40% of the population marry a cousin

I knew the rate was high, but... blimey.

Spiny Norman

Hear them roar.

Hear them squeak you mean? ;-)

Farnsworth M Muldoon

In Egypt, around 40% of the population marry a cousin

I knew the rate was high, but... blimey.

Yes, but the ones to really worry about are the ones where you wonder whether if they get divorced they are still brother and sister.

R. Sherman

This business of a "free" college education is amusing to see, especially here in the states where people talk about how the Europeans manage it without student loans and such. It's big with the Bernie Sanders crowd, of course.

I always tell them that if they want that system here, they'd better be prepared to have about 75% of the current students tossed from university because they didn't do well enough in high school. What? You can't read then write and converse intelligently about the latest op-ed in Le Monde or the Frankfurter Allegemeine? No university for you, bub. Oh, and forget about the "Grievance Studies" degree you planned on getting. The public doesn't need another feminist Tumblr blogger.

Dan

@Mojo

"City AM" (whatever that might be) seems to think I shouldn't be blocking their ads. Tough titty. The exact same info is available elsewhere, you know.

If you don't allow City AM's ads through then City AM won't receive any ad income, and eventually (one assumes) City AM will fold. Ultimately, it's not impossible to imagine all ad-supported media sites folding, with the result that we're left only with State media paid for via theft, sorry enforced taxation.

So it might not be a bad thing to allow their ads - doesn't mean you have to buy anything from them. But each to his or her own.

Re these Sheffield jackasses, my word - it's like Viz was never invented. But then, my daughters attend a very (very) academic school along with lots of other middle class white girls and they are overrun by stupid teenage SJWs. What do we expect?

sackcloth and ashes

Ah yes, the December 2010 riots. I remember them, and also the story of Alfie Meadows.

Meadows was - at least according his mother, 'The Guardian' and the soon-to-be-defunct 'Independent - a lovely young chap from Middlesex University who became the victim of shocking police violence during the course of the demo. He was (we were led to believe) clubbed to the ground by the Met, and given a life-threatening blow to the skull by a police nightstick. Meadows' mother - Susan Matthews - went as far as to claim that the police tried to delay the emergency medical treatment he desperately needed; a claim which was subsequently retracted.

Then the Independent Police Complaints Commission suspended its investigation into the attack on Alfie Meadows - at the request of his own legal team.

And then he went on trial for violent disorder in March 2012, during which the prosecution presented evidence that placed him among a group of 'demonstrators' that separated itself from the main body of the student march. Meadows was also shown attired in a combat jacket and a balaclava (a ski-mask), which is just the kind of thing one wears when out for a peaceful protest.

Furthermore, accounts of the events leading up to Meadows receiving his life-threatening injuries could not confirm that he'd actually got them from a police baton. In fact, the possibility was that he was on the receiving end of what in Army-speak is called a 'blue-on-blue', and that he may very well have been hit by one of the many pieces of Irish confetti that the 'peaceful students' launched at the coppers, causing the senior officer on the scene to request back-up over the radio.

Anyway, for some reason Meadows got acquitted, but the judge told him and his co-defendants that their behaviour on the day of the demo was 'on the verge of violent disorder'. Meadows has since spoken of his need to get justice, but strangely enough nothing has been heard since then.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/education/educationnews/9169527/Disabled-student-Alfie-Meadows-determined-to-be-part-of-violent-mob.html
http://www.theguardian.com/education/2013/mar/08/student-tuition-fees-cleared-disorder
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2121115/Alfie-Meadows-Tuition-fee-protester-brain-surgery-police-clash-mob.html

mojo

Nobody reads the ads, Dan. They're a waste of space, and annoying to boot.

It's not my job to molly-coddle businesses caught in the throes of a change in their ecology, I AM the ecology. Red in tooth and claw, but not in ideology.

Joe

It would seem that the family tree is a wreath.

gman

"Funny how it’s somehow become their university, as if theirs to do with as they please"

remove public support, then give it to them. lock, stock, and barrel. they then will have their free education. then start a new university that students and future employers, not the government, must pay for. if anyone wants a free education, direct them to the free university.

Room 237

I have seen it argued that the poverty in Cuba is not so much the side effect of the US embargo (though it plays a part) but rather a deliberate act of the Brothers Castro. Cuba in 1959 was not a poor country. It had poverty of course, but generally as Latin American countries went it was well fed, well educated, with a strong middle class and good economic opportunity. But it was a dictatorship and the middle class wanted to be democratic. So the revolution was really funded by the middle class and their children were on the front lines of the Revolution.

And despite the Castro myth, until 1958 there were other groups in Cuba that were more successful in attacking Batista. In particular, the middle class, liberal Revolutionary Directorate came within a hair's breadth of overthrowing Batista in 1957.

Castro once he came to power decided not to allow a power against him and so he figured the best way was to impoverish the middle class, all the while trumpeting the advances of the "Revolution."

pst314

Instalanch on the way.

Farnsworth M Muldoon

I have seen it argued that the poverty in Cuba is not so much the side effect of the US embargo (though it plays a part)...

Indeed, a part, as in microscopic, given that the rest of the world has been engaging in no such embargo, and that the only physical blockade occurred during the missile crisis in 1962.

David Gillies

"learning useful skills and thereby becoming employable"

Looking at that bunch I suspect they're clear of any danger.

fnord

Since there is no such thing as 'free' the money has to come frome somwhere. As the little darlings are obviously too cowardly to get a gun and steal the money themselves they must perforce comission the government to steal it for them.

The wind must be quite invigorating atop that moral pinnacle.

Vince N

It is not in their interests to expose their students to criticisms of their model of capitalist, competitive, individualistic education.

Criticism is just about all they hear when it comes to capitalism. How often do students hear a defense of it?

Irish confetti

I've never heard that term before (and I'm part Irish). My laugh for the day!

Asteriks

The Era of the Drama Queens:
Every Crisis Is a Triumph

http://no-pasaran.blogspot.com/2015/02/the-era-of-drama-queens-every-crisis-is.html

…/… We live in the era of the Drama Queen.

We have been digging ourselves deeper and deeper into that era for the past fifty years.

Leftists are drama queens. Leftists constantly erupting in hysterics — male (girly men?) or female — rule the roost.

Racism! Patriarchy! Sexism! Rape on campus! Christianity's bigotry! The reactionary average American! Republicans' hate speech and hate thought! US history, a litany of racism and oppression! All the founding fathers, hypocritical sonzabitches! All our ancestors, imperialist mongrels! Oppression of women, and gays, and transgenders!

(The only person, the only people, who come out positive in this (self-serving) world view are — surprise, surprise — the drama queens themselves! Also known as the wise men, and the wise women, arriving as knights in shining armor on their white steeds to fight for the victims and the martyrs of the world.)

Whenever there is drama — whenever there is a crisis (or the semblance of a crisis) — the left's drama queens win.

There must be constant drama — crises, if you prefer — or the movement loses momentum and/or comes to a standstill and/or dies out.

We have been in the midst of the triumph of the drama queens and the Chicken Littles and the other arrested-development adolescents since the 1960s, with the movement reaching its zenith with the 2008 election. …/…

David

learning useful skills and thereby becoming employable

Looking at that bunch I suspect they’re clear of any danger.

Brace yourselves, comrades. The Sheffield University Poetry Society is lending its weight to the cause. “Free poetry tonight!

Woo. Yeah.

David

And now Queer Agenda, “a network of anti-capitalist queer activists in and around the Sheffield area,” are weighing in too.

Can total revolution be far behind?

Hal

“Free poetry tonight!”

Ooh, lets!

Roses like lips
Violets like sky
Your poem sucks
Piss off and die.


Thank yew, thenk yew, yer a wunnerful audience.

And now another traditional favourite . . .


They told me, Francis Hinsley, they told me you were hung
With red protruding eye-balls and black protruding tongue;
I wept as I remembered how often you and I
Had laughed about Los Angeles and now ’tis here you’ll lie;
Here pickled in formaldehyde and painted like a whore,
Shrimp-pink incorruptible, not lost nor gone before.

Anna

“Free poetry tonight!”

Woo. Yeah.

Snork. It's the cliché apocalypse.

David

It’s the cliché apocalypse.

Oh, absolutely. It’s the like the 1970s refused to die. There’s lots of “Free Palestine,” “Social Justice” and “Black Lives Matter” – the usual mix of virtue signalling and generic mental rubble. It’s as though even the concept of self-awareness hasn’t yet reached the student union’s inner circle.

One of the protestors is the student union “education officer,” whose Twitter self-description is “socialist, vegan,” and who seems quite titillated by the notion of “student strikes.” He posts things like this. Apparently, the smashing of capitalism is going “pretty well.” And apparently it’s terribly cool to support Jeremy Corbyn while wearing the symbols of sadistic and totalitarian regimes that crushed all dissent, indulged in race-and-class genocide, murdered millions of people and starved millions more. And so one of the great horrors of the 20th century is a badge of virtue for pretentious pricks.

Woo. Yeah.

Jonathan

And now Queer Agenda, “a network of anti-capitalist queer activists in and around the Sheffield area,” are weighing in too.

Oh dear, I didn't know that Viz characters were based on real life:

David

Image fixed.

R. Sherman

For "Free Poetry Night," how about some Kipling?

When you're wounded and left on Afghanistan's plains,
And the women come out to cut up what remains,
Then roll to your rifle and blow out your brains,
And go to your God like a soldier . . . of the Queen.

Dan

@mojo

'Nobody reads the ads, Dan. They're a waste of space, and annoying to boot.'

Yes - as I say, you don't need to read them.

Your (rather ostentatious) point was (I think) that you block the ads because you can read the content elsewhere.

Well, how long do you think that position will obtain? Do you think the eternal content tree will continue to shower you with free news forever?

That is, I invite you to disagree with my actual point, which is that if you block the ads the sites will eventually go out of business, and all we'll be left with is the state media (and perhaps a little citizen journalism, which will be easily ignored).

Personally, I just ignore the ads, but as I say it's a choice we can all make for ourselves and I suppose I'm now talking to others.

(I have no connection with advertising, or any websites btw!)

Lancastrian Oik

For "Free Poetry Night":

There was a young man from Milan
Whose poems would never quite scan.
There was nothing worse
Than his terrible verse,
But he didn't give a shit.

Farnsworth M Muldoon

One of the protestors is the student union “education officer,” whose Twitter self-description is “socialist, vegan,” and who seems quite titillated by the notion of “student strikes.” He posts things like this.

Also like this:

minesh parekh ‏@minesh22 19 Aug 2015 @alexamachin the revolution will be phone canvassed, comrade

One has to admire such a level of fervor and courage that eclipses even that of the October Revolution.

Captain Nemo

As it's Free Poetry Night:

In the deepest recesses of my soul;
Off the darkest corridors of my mind
Are rooms as black as fresh hewn coal,
Rooms where light has never shined.

I do not go there, for I am scared
Of those chambers; at what within them dwells.
A bleakness for which I'm ill-prepared,
Past memories of long-vanquished hells.

I will one day have to face that past,
But for now, these rooms can wait.
I shall enter them when at my last,
I can no more postpone my fate.

Rafi

seems quite titillated by the notion of “student strikes.”

How long will it take them to figure out that for a strike to work you first have to be providing a vital service to someone?

David

How long will it take them to figure out that for a strike to work you first have to be providing a vital service to someone?

Yes, I’m not sure what it is they plan to stop doing, or why anyone should care if they stop doing whatever it is. Most of their energies seem to go into being vain, pretentious and wearisome.

David

You almost have to marvel at how these “politically engaged” university students can have no discernible knowledge of twentieth century history or of even the most basic economics, and therefore little sense of perspective, or embarrassment, or adult responsibility. And yet despite these rather serious shortcomings, they have learned to be utterly disingenuous, not least regarding the word “free.” But I suppose it’s what happens when you give the left a chokehold on the education of your children.

Jonathan

Image fixed.

Thanks David.

David

No thanks needed. As you can see, it was fixed in a half-arsed way.

David

Oh dear, I didn’t know that Viz characters were based on real life

From what I can make out, “anti-capitalist queer activism” is what gives unattractive gay people something to do of an evening.

Burnsie

Hear them roar.

Actually this is what I'm seeing and hearing:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nWS4Eu8E2z4

David

Ooh, it’s all kicking off at Occupy Sheffield.

The masses are gathered. Capitalism with fall any moment now.

MikeG81

"Capitalism with fall any moment now"

Then where will they buy skinny jeans and Chuck Taylors?

David

Then where will they buy skinny jeans and Chuck Taylors?

Or a smartphone with a camera that can actually focus.

WTP

Is the feminization of western society putting us in an irreversible tailspin?

http://americandigest.org/mt-archives/5minute_arguments/thoughtcrimes_why_women_d.php

mojo

Oh dear.

I tend not to concern myself with trivialities like "where's the content gonna come from then, eh?" (If I may speak in such a yobbish tone).

Nikw211

And now Queer Agenda, “a network of anti-capitalist queer activists in and around the Sheffield area,” are weighing in too.

Speaking of Sheffield University and people weighing in, did anyone else see this story?

    A Christian postgraduate student has been expelled from his course, effectively ending his chances of a career as a social worker, for voicing opposition to gay marriage in a Facebook discussion.

    […]

    … he was summoned to a disciplinary hearing at Sheffield University after a fellow student complained about his post.

    […]

    ... a university "fitness to practise" panel concluded that he was entitled to his opinion on the issue of gay marriage but that there was a danger he "may have caused offence to some individuals" by voicing it.

Just what level double-think is required to let someone think that you can be entitled to your opinion so long as you don’t actually voice it?

This is not about the quality of the opinion he expressed - for what it’s worth it is somewhat offensive after all - but surely it was not at all inconsistent with the beliefs of his faith.

Are practising Muslims and Jews as well as Christians now to be barred from social work?

Jonathan

From what I can make out, “anti-capitalist queer activism” is what gives unattractive gay people something to do of an evening.

David, I fixed something for you in return.

PiperPaul

To be fair, the 'unattractive' part is mostly the hysterical, irrational and reprehensible behaviour. Mostly.

David Taylor

They're just being young people and students. Some of them will grow up and become useful people, the others will become money sinks in make work jobs like social justice/gender studies faculties and 'progressive' think tanks to keep them out of the way. We're going to pay for them one way or another but at least that stuff keeps them out of sight if you don't go looking for them.

Trevor

To be fair, the 'unattractive' part is mostly the hysterical, irrational and reprehensible behaviour. Mostly.

You're a very kind person. Very.

Horace Dunn

From Thomas Sowell, above...

"Socialism is in fact a wonderful vision -- a world of the imagination far better than any place anywhere in the real world, at any time over the thousands of years of recorded history. Even many conservatives would probably prefer to live in such a world, if they thought it was possible."

Often, when I hear the arguments of socialists, I'm reminded of those advertisements that appear in newspapers offering a cure for baldness. No matter how plausible and agreeable the presentation one cannot quite believe it because, after all, if it worked there would be no bald men.

David Gillies

I live in eternal hope that we will one day decide that capitalism, for all its spectacular ability to produce excess value, should not be used to provide sustenance for termites.

WTP

the others will become money sinks in make work jobs like social justice/gender studies faculties and 'progressive' think tanks to keep them out of the way. We're going to pay for them one way or another but at least that stuff keeps them out of sight if you don't go looking for them.

The kind of wishful thinking that put Obama in the White House and has a corrupt nutcase like hrc polling higher than anyone else despite numerous scandals, deceptions, and lies that would have sunk anyone on the right ages ago.

David

I think R Sherman may have noted this before, but it bears repeating:

The people of Missouri launched a protest of their own against the school’s handling of the protests. In January, it was reported that student applications had dropped 5 percent in the three months following the protests. Compared with last year, the state’s flagship university has received 914 fewer applications. Worse, the Columbia campus is suffering a 7.7 percent drop in high-scoring SAT and ACT applicants, and out-of-state applications are down 25 percent from last year.

The loss of out-of-state students hits the school’s bottom line especially hard. UM currently charges in-state students an annual tuition of $9,433, while out-of-state students pay more than two and a half times that amount — $24,460… Last week, UM announced that new pledges and donations in December — a key month for university fundraising — fell $6 million, a decrease of roughly 31 percent. Only the Columbia branch, where the protests took place, suffered these losses. No other UM branch experienced declines.

It turns out that parents who pay attention would rather not pay a fortune to send their children to a university where professors behave like delinquent teenagers, obstruct traffic, make thuggish threats and then lie about it afterwards, all while being championed by many of their faculty peers. Now if only more parents and alumni would pay attention.

David

The deep wisdom of Occupy Sheffield:

“Fuck capitalism.” And paying bills. Because hey, who wants to grow up?

rjmadden

“Fuck capitalism.” And paying bills. Because hey, who wants to grow up?

You mustn't blow their cover, David. Think of their feelings.

David

You mustn’t blow their cover, David. Think of their feelings.

I suspect they think about their feelings quite enough for both of us.

From what I can make out, the protestors - who insist they “aren’t all Marxists” - want to live in a society rich enough (thanks to the capitalism they want to fuck) to allow flaky students all the choices and opportunities they currently have (and which are rarely present in non-capitalist societies, which they claim to like very much, despite not living there, and think we should emulate). They just don’t want to pay for any of this choice and opportunity, ever, even with very generous credit. Because that’s such a drag, man.

And so the slogan “a right not a privilege” seems likely to mean one of two things. Either that they, being socialist students, have a “right” to compel lecturers and support staff to work for free indefinitely, or that they, being socialist students, have a “right” to force other people to subsidise the lifestyle choices of socialist students, regardless of how sustainable or equitable those lifestyle choices are, and regardless of how inequitable such an arrangement might be for those being stiffed with the bill.

Likewise, the glib, self-satisfied slogan “you can’t capitalise on our passions” presumably means, “I want to spend years reading novels, studying English literature and getting a fairly easy qualification of limited market value but which will nonetheless signal my superiority, and all at no cost whatsoever to me. Whatever I choose to do, however impractical and self-indulgent, someone else should always pick up the tab. Because… er, socialism!

It rather smells like an excuse.

MikeG81

And top it all off with a hammer and sickle.

Wow.

Trevor

“I want to spend years reading novels ..."

Your age is showing, David. I think it's been a few years since many students purporting to study literature have done anything quite so unreconstructed as reading whole books.

David

Your age is showing, David.

[ Applies moisturiser frantically. ]

Farnsworth M Muldoon

The deep wisdom of Occupy Sheffield:

Just curious about the "Resourse based economy" - is that a British spelling, or a Communist-Anarchist spelling ?

David

Re Occupy Sheffield, this seems somewhat relevant.

As rjmadden noted at the time, replace ‘capitalism’ with ‘adulthood’ and all becomes clear.

mojo

As a leading Myrmicologist once observed about Marxism:"Nice theory, wrong species."

Trevor

... is that a British spelling ...?

What?!

David

I’m not sure these people quite understand the process of studying for a degree. They seem to believe the experience should always be “relaxing,” like staying in an expensive hotel. Or a rest home for the elderly.

On the upside, however, they have finally managed to finish their banner. So the week’s not been a total waste.

Anna

I’m not sure these people quite understand the process of studying for a degree.

But David, work is hard and therefore unfair.

fnord

So you either compel 'educators' to work for no pay, in which case you are a slaver; or you make someone else pay them, in which case you are a thief.

And they say capitalism is immoral.

Spiny Norman

Would it be safe to say that these privileged, indoctrinated children holding up their tiny fists are "slacktivists"?

Quint&Jessel, Sea of Azof, Bly, UK

Good gad, imagine these spoiled brats let loose in the Alaskan wilderness to commune with nature. What fun for everyone else!

David

Occupy Sheffield are now blaming the inconvenience caused by relocating lectures on university management, not on the people whose arrogance and selfishness made the relocation necessary by occupying the lecture hall in the first place, i.e., themselves.

Again, the vanity of these people is fascinating to watch.

David

The clownlings’ drama continues:

The University of Sheffield has begun legal action against a group of students who have been occupying a lecture theatre for a week as they continue to protest against “the current assault on higher education.” After meeting with members of management to discuss their demands, on 3 March, the demonstrators of The Free University of Sheffield movement received an email which confirmed that a legal process has started to gain possession of the space.

No doubt trauma will ensue.

WTP

a legal process has started to gain possession of the space.

And I thought it was the students who were being a bunch of p*ssies.

David

And I thought it was the students who were being a bunch of p*ssies.

Quite. If a handful of burly security staff were to relocate the protestors, quite firmly, during the night, around 4am, I suspect their bluster would evaporate almost instantly. It would be a quicker, cheaper and much more fitting solution.

ccs

a legal process has started

Hahahahaha, choke, cough.
They still won't understand.

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