MONEY: The 12th and Final Religion

Saturday, May 05, 2012


The Province, oops, the nation of Quebec in Canada,  is experiencing student-worker-unemployed unrest. Riots have been infrequent during the past 12 consecutive days. A peaceful protest of some 300,000 on one day was followed shortly by a quiet street march of nearly 100,000. All ages and interests were present. It is the students that carry the news headline each day.

The rulership of Provincial "boogies", that is to say the class that Marx called bourgeoisie seems utterly oblivious to economic reality. In a fit of need to be seen as participating in the global grunting to deliver financial restraint, the tuition for university was ordered increased by $325.00 for each of the next five years for a total that you can easily calculate all by yourself, says our good Prof C More Books.

The financial reality for the students can be calculated by counting the businesses that have been long closed along the very streets filled with protesters. In a single block one can count ten vacant, one time busy, restaurants. Each closed restaurant equalled in its day a payroll of at least 40 people. Surprising for many it takes this payroll in order to operate 12hours a day seven days a week. Most employees would no doubt have been part time 10-20-30 hours a week. Let us say incomes from $100.00 to $300.00 for each student/worker employee.

YIKES! Think of it. The student income has been diminished and insult to injury is the oblivious government wanting to increase tuition costs continuously for the next five years. The "Boogie" government urge to be considered world class by demonstrating financial restraint with such a minimal tuition increase is paralyzed and in shock at rejection of the " pitiful amount" of increase. It is a deep seated psychological Canadian yearning to be recognized as "world class." 

The shame of failing a "world c;lass appellation" is so complete that the government cannot even visualize delaying the increase by a pretense of negotiation. The inability to comprehend  financial despair of unemployed students and many of their parents, unemployed as well, is a warning signal obviously not understood by the "Boogies", chuckles the Prof. He likes to live in exciting times.

At this writing, the park nearby has the echo of protest. I will go look to see if I can locate the "undercover" police who lead in the tendency to violence. They mainly break windows in banks. Perhaps there is an understanding between the city and financial institutions.They are first to cover faces with bandannas. They are generally taller and get together later with uniformed cops to do "high fives."