4 THINGS STUDENTS FACE UNDER CAPITALISM
Capitalism is a socio-economic system in which the poor majority toils in misery to maintain the wealth of the rich bourgeoisie. These are four conditions that proletarian (working-class) students and youth face under capitalism:
1. The overwhelming majority of working class students will never get to go to university, or even college because education is not free—state-run education systems starts streaming youth from day one. Where youth end up is entirely dependent upon their class background.
2. Those who do, incur back-breaking debt. There are no jobs out there other than minimum wage jobs, precarious jobs based on fleeting contracts. These jobs offer no end in sight for repaying student loans, forcing working-class students into decades of wage slavery.
3. Social democracy as opposed to radical change—youth movements, including campus movements, are forced to stay within the constraints of bourgeois (i.e. electoral) politics, which serve the rich. Parliamentary democracy has not, and will not, radically change conditions for the working class.
4. So-called student representatives on campus have no interest in the working class—Student leaders whose aims are cushy jobs with unions and federations are only interested in pushing an NDP (social democratic) agenda and furthering their own careers. We oppose careerism.
It is time for us to realize that our future under capitalism is intolerable. Proletarian youth should not be forced to succumb to the misery of working for minimum wage, struggling to balance two or three part-time jobs just to pay our rent and feed ourselves, waiting for welfare checks or being broke at the end of every month. As struggling youth we must recognize that it is this misery that is the foundation of the capitalist system. It is a joke to blame our social positions on our lack of motivation- it is clearly the proletariat who works the hardest! It is also the proletariat who must surrender the fruits of their labor!
With this said, the rich will not let go of their power and wealth without a fight! We know very well that it will not work to aim for reform, or simply replace the individuals in power with others who appear to have a working-class agenda. We must instead take down the bourgeois state! Historically, we have seen the people power of proletarian students, youth and workers mobilize to abolish capitalism. We see proletariat students, youth and workers from Nepal, India and beyond rising up and resisting capitalist oppression. We must learn from history and from people’s struggles across the globe and take the steps to make revolution a possibility now, right here in the heartland of capitalism and imperialism–Canada!
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