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    Student Fee Protests

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    What's your stance on the protests that have been happening across the country? I know it's not exactly the newest news, but I thought it was a fairly interesting topic. I have a friend who seems to think he's Che Guevara or something and shows up at just about every protest for any purpose. He's a decent guy but sometimes his attitude frustrates me to no end.

    The student protests are way out of line, but he argued that it's a "necessary measure", although he agreed that throwing fire extinguishers off buildings and the like was going too far. He pretty much branded me as a fool for not being in full support of the protests. I told him it doesn't concern me and what happens happens—I want nothing to do with it. He said something along the lines of, "You've got everything to do with it and you'll be sorry when you can't pay for your education." XD

    Maybe I'm just too lazy to care. Hell, maybe I am a fool. What I do know is that barbaric violence isn't going to solve anything, that people who aren't even students are going to these protests to be violent for fun, and that regardless of fee increases, I won't have to pay my loans back until I'm on a decent wage anyway.

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    RE: Student Fee Protests

    Me, I was disappointed in the lack of span, and the lack of devastation. Every nation periodically needs a rinsing of blood and revolution. As Saul Alinsky said, "History is a relay of revolutions." and as Muse says in the song Uprising, "It's time the fat cats had a heart attack"

    As a matter of fact, I was particularly disappointed that they didn't manage to kill Prince Charles, and they didn't manage to destroy more governmental property. Furthermore, the whole thing seems to have only been a brief flicker.
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    RE: Student Fee Protests

    Heh, well, I wouldn't go that far, but I will say that I couldn't give a damn about the Royal Family... just a bunch of useless celebrities. Anyhow, many of the students (and many people who were involved in the violence who aren't students anyway) haven't even properly comprehended what they're fighting for. Some of the students are dealing with it in a just way, but many are just there for the laughs they'll get by smashing shit up.

    I agree with the notion that young people should stand up for their rights, and education is a primary right. But acting like children throwing toys out of their prams is far from a revolution.
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    RE: Student Fee Protests

    True. But rioting is the first step. Now, I agree with you that senseless destruction won't work. But, how else can the have-nots get through to the haves save by force of arms? The haves control the ballot boxes: The have-nots control only the streets.
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    RE: Student Fee Protests

    How else? I say they don't. This is justice for you. Not everything will work out, but we get a pretty good deal here when you compare it to countries where students get very little in terms of loans. I don't know whether you're from the UK or not, but it's not so bad here. For the most part we don't have to pay back loans until we're earning a suitable income, and then we pay back in installments. Now unless I'm missing a huge chunk of the story here (I'll admit, I haven't done a lot of research), even though the fees will be a lot more expensive, owing back the loan will be a near-identical process.

    We're in an economic crisis, and someone's got to take the fall. It sucks if "someone" includes us, but we're not the only ones who are taking hits. It's not the end of the world, and the students who are rioting are doing much more harm than good. Millions in damages to fix a problem that's a result of bad economy? Way to go, geniuses. I see those degrees are paying off even before graduation.
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    RE: Student Fee Protests

    True; I am American, and here we have a different story. Loans are the most crushing debts, much higher than anything else. Most grads don't get out from under student debts until their 50's. I also hate the very idea of simply passing the buck by the govt. a lot more than I hate the act itself. I also think that change can be achieved through force, but nothing else.
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