We want free stuff! We want free stuff!

I mean, who doesn’t want free stuff?  And if people aren’t willing to give it to you, why not make a large fuss?

Student activists in California and elsewhere took to the streets Thursday in a national day of protest against rising fees and dwindling services in public higher education, drawing attention to a wave of tuition hikes, budget cuts and furloughs at colleges and universities across the country.

Lest people think I am being unfair, I actually saw the UCLA protests and even stood amid one of the groups during their chanting.  (I was on my way to lunch.)  The overwhelming sentiment that was being shouted and that was on signs was that “Education should be free.”

There’s more on this from Professor Bainbridge and Megan McArdle.


  1. Debra Saunders wrote a scathing piece on the Day of Action. (Disclosure: the Ian mentioned in the article is my student.)

  2. Education is already free or cheap. State-monopoly schools are expensive. The protesting U. California students do not want free education (available already at the public library, or from any employer who will actually pay them to learn job skills), they want expensive schooling and somebody else to pay for it.

  3. If you have time to stand on a corner shouting, you have time to get a job.

    I have nothing but contempt for the sense of entitlement that makes any person think they have a right to what someone else has earned. And then to get it, they stage protests which inevitably snarl traffic, preventing people from getting to their jobs and earning the money they want to leech – to say nothing about those actively destroying the property of those who they want to support them.

  4. Oh, they’ll want free stuff.

    Until they get jobs, become taxpayers, and realize that that “free” stuff is only free if you’re not the one paying the taxes for it.

  5. Correcto-mundo – they are confusing free with being paid for by opm.

  6. nailsagainsttheboard says:

    The student ‘protesters’ reflect the entitlement mentality that is so prevalent in California and most everywhere else in the U.S. A return to true conservatism is the only antidote. No one has a ‘right’ to attend university or anything else. As Jefferson wrote, humans have a right to life, liberty and the PURSUIT of happiness. There are no guarantees.