The Student Debt Noise Brigade

I had heard from my daughter that this is happening, but hadn't seen it for myself until a couple nights ago.

A group of students has organized a weekly Wednesday evening march to protest what they see as oppressive student loan debt, that 21st-century version of indentured servitude, you might say.

I think it's really healthy to see students looking for other paradigms to understand the bind they are in. Those of us not in school but invested in the future viability of our innovation economy ought to pay attention. I'm not saying we all should agree with how these particular students are framing the issue. But I am saying I'm glad they are re-framing it. That's what educated people do: question assumptions; collaborate to fix things that aren't working.

The depressing healthcare thing, now as politically polarized as abortion, is impressing upon me that my country remains way, way more conservative than you would assume would be the norm in a modern democracy. Something doggedly regressive seems to be in the very warp and weave of progressive America. We may have to conclude that healthcare is something more like a yacht, or a ski vacation home in Aspen, Colorado: an attribute of the lifestyle of the successful and the wealthy. (I know some made the argument, early in the Startup America process, that universal healthcare would be a way to support entrepreneurs, but I don't think that argument ever got traction.)

But surely education isn't toxic like healthcare? If the spoils at the end of the day must needs go to the rich and successful, shouldn't everyone have access to the game at the front end? I have to believe the country can find a progressive consensus about that.

The Student Debt Noise Brigade

The Student Debt Noise Brigade


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