Class Warfare Blog

April 16, 2018

Duh … Of Course Student Protesters Are Younger

Filed under: Culture,Politics — Steve Ruis @ 1:59 pm

The Guardian published a piece yesterday with the title “Vietnam to Parkland: How America’s Protesters Are Getting Younger.” I didn’t bother reading the article because this has been obvious for years. If students were to be protesting, they would have to be younger. Why? Because the college students who protested during the Viet Nam war era have been defanged by social conservatives.

This was accomplished primarily in two ways. One of those was the removal of student loans from the list of economic burdens that could be discharged under bankruptcy. A scumbag like Donald Trump could use bankruptcy over and over, but a hard working student who just couldn’t seems to get good enough jobs to be able to repay his/her student debt cannot. This law was sold to other lawmakers on the lie, with no supporting evidence of course as there was none, that a drove of these students were running up bills going to medical school and law school and then eliminating their debt through bankruptcy. There was a tidal wave of these students … er, not … not even a trickle.

The second major tool in this effort was the federal guarantee of student loans of various sorts. This allowed lenders to pursue loans with no substantial risk assessment per se. Many proprietary “colleges” actually ran boiler room type operations to fill their classes with students, who upon graduation or just leaving the school didn;t have skills that equated to jobs that would pay off their loans. This was a major factor in the acceleration of the cost of college attendance increasing well in excess of inflation.

SCollege students, now, are what they call a preariat, a group whose economic futures are so precarious that they have to hew to the straight and narrow, otherwise they court a life of debt slavery. Getting out of line may be all it takes to lose a job or not get a better one.

So, the college students have been taken out of the game. It will be interesting to see what these same oligarchal powers will do to eliminate high school students from the game. Maybe they will make student protests a black ball in the process of getting into a good college or maybe getting a college loan. They will come up with something.


  1. From reading news articles about students constantly protesting some cultural appropriation in cafeteria, or against a speaker who may have said something not quite aligning with the progressive dogma, I am not at all getting the impression that college students are quitting protesting. It’s possible that college grads were more involved with protesting than before, and it’s possible that bigger student loans have something to do with it. But those who are still in college and haven’t starting paying back the loans most likely aren’t giving their loans nearly as much thought.
    And I don’t see a tendency of protest movements involving more of the high school students: the Parkland kids are not a trend – they became a uniquely convenient face for the gun control movement because of their victim status, their young age and at the same time the ability to express themselves at the adult level.


    Comment by List of X — April 18, 2018 @ 10:46 pm | Reply

    • “It’s possible that college grads were more involved with protesting before”


      Comment by List of X — April 18, 2018 @ 10:47 pm | Reply

    • The current college protests are limited to college campuses and are almost the direct opposite of the free Speech Movement, more of a Political Correctness Movement which the oligarchs will ignore because it poses no threat to them.

      My point is that if there is to be student protests about substantive issues, it is unlikely to be college students who are involved and that leaves younger ones.

      On Wed, Apr 18, 2018 at 10:46 PM, Class Warfare Blog wrote:



      Comment by Steve Ruis — April 19, 2018 @ 7:57 am | Reply

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