As is proved by these two:
The building used to be a students\’ union but was closed last year due to financial problems and a lack of support from university management – an early victim of the age of austerity in higher education. It lay empty and unused until on 1 February students re-opened it as a base of anti-cuts activism in Glasgow. Now, having been in operation for more than seven weeks, we believe it may be the most enduring of the current wave of student occupations.
Booze, chicks, and tellin\’ it to the Man. Good teenage activities, to be applauded.
The Free Hetherington has now moved beyond a protest against cuts to a living example of the alternative. Students have democratically organised the space as a resource for the local community without any support or funding from the university. An incredible range of social and cultural events has been staged – film screenings, film screenings, art and cooking classes, and free performances from artists, including Billy Bragg, and Scotland\’s new poet laureate Liz Lochhead. After protesting for free education for all, we have made it a reality: staff have donated their time to give guest public lectures. An incredible atmosphere of interdisciplinary debate has been fostered. This is all on top of the nightly free meals and tea and coffee, supplied by donations and by recovering food that would have been wasted from supermarkets. It has brought together a huge number of students who did not previously know each other, and given a physical space to students determined to fight back against cuts.
Truly excellent. I applaud your ingenuity.
We also demanded that the Hetherington be re-opened with funding, and that staff made redundant be given their jobs back.
Ah, no, this is why you\’re at university you see. You may well be ingenious, I\’ve no doubt you\’re bright, but you are still ignorant. And that\’s what the university is for you see, to feed you knowledge so that you become less ignorant.
For your argument is \”Now we\’ve shown that this can be done for no money we demand money\”.
To which the correct response is \”Now you\’ve shown this can be done with no money you don\’t need money. Very well done by the way, have a gold star\”.
Adam Smith, who you may know was a Professor at your institution, would have been proud of your gumption and self-reliance. But, given that he was a professor of logic, less proud of your knowledge of that subject.