Akbayan Party strongly condemns the continued violence and terror perpetrated by Bashar Al-Assad and the Syrian government forces against Syrian citizens who have long demanded democracy and freedom from Assad’s authoritarian leadership. The Assad regime’s aggressive crackdown on pro-democracy forces has emboldened elements within the opposition to respond in a similarly destructive manner and has left Syria in a virtual state of civil war.
The crisis has shaken economics to its foundations. The neoliberal mainstream has lost its support; economists alternate between self-doubt and arrogance. Once they believed in the rationality of economic actors and markets and the notion that financial management exists to serve the real economy.
The tuition controversy is neither an isolated case nor caused by economic factors. Instead, it stems from deliberate top-down political decisions to gradually implement part of a wider agenda--the privatization 1 of public higher education, as has already occurred in California, in the continued unfolding of a worldwide, anti-democratic process of corporate empire building called globalization.