Common Dreams reports on recent protests against in the U.S. and Canada. In one instance, Philadelphia is proposing to cut 40% of its public schools. In Canada, fees for university students have seen major increases (82%). The government added insult to injury by passing a law to restrict demonstrations by students. That didn’t stop a crowd estimated at 100,000 from protesting. The Philadelphia protest was much smaller, but it was still a sign of working people and the poor fighting back.
Access to education is the only hope the poor and working class have to enter the middle class. Everyone needs to think about how we enact “austerity” in a way that still gives people a chance at a better life. Better still, let’s replace austerity with investment.
If we don’t do that, democracy is a joke and capitalism is a rigged game.