But then we knew that:
Because this isn\’t just about fees, but about the final transformation of our education system from a public into a private good.
Whether education (or anything else for that matter) is a public or a private good has absolutely sweet fuck all to do with how it is financed.
A public good is non-excludable and non-rivalrous. It is not a good (or service) which is publicly funded, nor is it one provided to the public: it\’s not even one that the public would like to have.
It\’s probable that basic education is a public good, given that living in a society which is literate and numerate is both a good thing and non rivalrous and non excludable (and wouldn\’t it be nice to have an education system which did such?).
It\’s also highly likely that research is a public good (although we might want to distinguish between the benefit of more Womyns\’ Studies and basic physics at CERN).
But the education of undergraduates? Both rivalrous and excludable, so not a public good, sorry, it just ain\’t.
And nor does the method of finance move it from one class to the other, whatever the original classification.