"Student Power IU" is pushing for a general strike at Indiana University come April, protesting reductions in state funding, University program management and a grab-bag of buzzwordy issues including racism on campus (seriously; they're claiming the old-fashioned, official, institutional kind, too, though I suspect it's actually an ugly echo of the odious Woodrow Wilson* and they are arguing for the continuance of special treatment; but I digress).
The organizing document is an interesting mishmash of anti-capital/anti-marketplace notions sitting uncomfortably with the belief that, since their tuition bears an increasing percentage of the cost, students should get more voice in how the university is run: do they believe you can have it both ways? It does make token nods to popular causes -- the environment, race, "the liberatory potential" of a college education -- but the overwhelming tone is one of entitlement.
They plan to strike 'cos they aren't getting everything they want at a price that suits 'em. --Now usually, when customers strike, that's called a "boycott," and they go shop somewhere else (how long would IU last if the student body departed en masse for ivorier towers? Instead of, oh, paying their tuition and then acting up?). None of that for this lot! They'll strike! Just like bus drivers, garbage collectors or electrical linesmen, they will withdraw their valuable services from society and then we'll see!
Just how long do you suppose it'll take before we're suffering from the lack of IU students? Other than the slight increase in signs waved and bong smoke, will anyone even notice? --Other than the striking students themselves, who may find the awarding of degrees somewhat delayed once they've stopped working on getting 'em.
* I strive to always refer to that miserable racist as "the odious," and I recommend the practice to you.
6 months ago