Privileges on Demand
Yeah, yeah, I know it sounds all right-wing conservative to say, but it’s difficult not to fear for the future of our country with this sort of thing in the news:
Students and activists have staged demonstrations in recent months at public colleges across California to protest deep budget cuts that have led to steep tuition hikes, enrollment cuts, faculty furloughs and reduced course offerings.
In Berkeley, about 50 people broke through a fence surrounding Durant Hall, which is closed for renovation, and about 20 entered and occupied the building, said Cpt. Margo Bennett of the UC Police Department.
The group smashed windows, sprayed graffiti, damaged construction equipment, knocked over portable toilets and hung up a banner promoting the March 4 rally, UC officials said. Others blocked police from entering the building.
So they’re protesting budget-driven cuts by causing damage that the strained budget will have to cover. Worse, they’re protesting something that until very recently was considered a huge privilege.
I can’t help but wonder if part of the problem is that grown-up manipulators didn’t fully understand the effects on subsequent generations of all of their “rights” talk, with regard to privileges, over the past few decades.