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    Post  sinister_midget on Sat Apr 29, 2017 10:19 am

    Yale graduate students threaten ‘symbolic hunger strike’ where they eat only when hungry

    More evidence accumulates that higher education has drifted off into its own universe, utterly detached from common sense and the society and polity upon which it depends for survival.

    Alex Griswold reports in the Free Beacon:

    A group of Yale University graduate students announced Tuesday evening that they would be undertaking a hunger strike to pressure the administration into granting them better union benefits. The strike is taking place in front of University President Peter Salovey’s home.

    "Yale wants to make us wait and wait and wait … until we give up and go away," the eight members of the graduate student union Local 33 announced. "We have committed ourselves to waiting without eating."

    Going hungry for an extended time is indeed a show of dedication and solidarity.  But:

    According to a pamphlet posted on Twitter by a  former Yale student, the hunger strike is "symbolic" and protesters can leave and get food when they can no longer go on.

    Update: the Yale grad student union is holding a *symbolic* hunger strike (they eat when hungry) Still inspirational https://t.co/vWIHUjiHrF pic.twitter.com/oGdSbn752h

    — Dimitri Halikias (@DHalikias) April 26, 2017

    Eating when hungry is not exactly a hunger strike.  It will work no better than a symbolic diet.

    Do these snowflakes, allegedly among the brightest of their generation, thanks to their graduate studies at a prestigious university, understand how laughable they are?

    A reckoning is coming.  Particularly among the most prestigious campuses, the legacy of actual scholarly achievement is being squandered.  Convinced of their own superiority to common folk simply by their membership in an elite institution, students and faculty are enmeshed in a web of self-delusion.

    Given the huge dependency of higher education (even at private universities like Yale) on taxpayer funding (for research and student loans, not to mention tax exemption for massive endowments), a fall is coming.  There are other ways to acquire the products of higher education minus all the nonsense and excessive costs.

    In the 80s Jesse Jackson had a hunger strike with some other people to protest Reagan's treatment of Africa. Not sure what the big deal was supposed to be because I can't remember anything about Regan's "treatment of Africa" other than Angola, and that was to get the Cubans out of there. Either way, Jesse's "principled" effort was a modified version of the above.

    In Jackson's style, you had to have several people involved. At least 2, but that might not be enough. He had something like 5 or 6 if memory serves. He needed all of them, too.

    It went like this. You go on a hunger strike. When you get hungry, you hand it off to one of the other participants to carry it on, then go get something to eat. When they get hungry it gets handed off again. This way there's always somebody not eating.

    Now, if you're nobodies, 2 people can trade it back and forth. But when you're a group of wealthy shakedown artists, that number will be too small. Important crooked people have responsibilities. It's not fashionable to turn down invitations to dinner parties or to decline rubbing elbows with anti-American dictators who may only be in town for a couple of days to lobby Democrats for more money to successfully continue oppressing their own people. So in that instance it's best to have several people involved to do your best to always have somebody not eating.

    And if perchance you all get invited to the same media bash to plot the slant on news? Just announce publicly that your hunger strike is a success, call it off and go help make up "news" stories together (one of which is the mammoth effect your hunger strike had on policy). Like Jackson and his hunger strike brigade did.


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