Stacy Patton at the Chronicle of Higher Edumacation writes about a recent Left Forum held for leftie academics. They came together and tried to come to grips with the fact that their leftie redoubt in academia was built upon putting their students into debt slavery. One is tempted to joke that the students may forget the difference between Baudriallard and Foucoult, but they’ll never forget the debt slavery.
Andrew Ross, the brilliant NYU leftie who can’t keep his mouth shut, said what I’ve been saying all along:
“Student debt is the greatest immoral injustice of our time,” he said. “Student debt is a hot topic everywhere now: in the public mind, over dinner tables, among families of every income bracket, among students, graduates, and on Capitol Hill.”
But student debt is not a common topic of discussion among faculty, he said. “Faculty, in general, feel besieged. Why invite one more reason to undermine our profession? But the fact remains that our salaries rely on students going into debt bondage. I find it an immoral situation.”
Will Ross leave? Hah. He famously deflected the cries of hypocrisy in 1991 when told the NY Times magazine that he taught at Princeton to have “access to the minds of the children of the ruling classes.”
But what if the “access” isn’t as wonderful as he might hope? What if he’s fleecing the children of the world and condemning them to a life of debt slavery in the process? At least Andrew Ross is addressing the issue and speaking about it publicly. Most professors are too afraid to say much for fear of destroying their sinecure.