Feesibility

College fees must be used to combat social inequality – The Irish Times – Wed, Mar 25, 2009

Since students themselves personally reap the financial rewards of their higher education, it’s only fair that they should be required to invest in their future careers. On a macroeconomic level, the country benefits from a well-educated workforce, but on a personal level, lawyers, doctors, dentists, teachers and computer scientists earn a good rate of return on their education. Why shouldn’t they pay something towards it?

Magic idea. Let’s call it ‘income tax’. Mad as fuck I know, but I’m just one crazy bastard. Then there’s this.

Economics rather than ideology is driving the move, but the principle that students who can afford it should contribute towards the cost of their tuition should be re-established.

Like Terry Eagleton succinctly observed, as with bad breath, ideology is always what the other person has.

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5 Responses to “Feesibility”


  1. 1 coc March 26, 2009 at 12:06 am

    Income Tax! You’re some fucking commie Green! When the revolution comes …

  2. 2 Hugh Green March 26, 2009 at 7:01 am

    I read that first and thought, but I’m not a Green…

    Well I’m only going by what it says in the bloody manifesto! It says:

    Nevertheless, in most advanced countries, the following will be pretty generally applicable:

    1. Abolition of property in land and application of all rents of land to public purposes.
    2. A heavy progressive or graduated income tax.

    Nonetheless yes, I’ve been busted shamefully articulating bourgeois ideology and will gladly accept my fate in front of the firing squad.

  3. 3 Donagh March 26, 2009 at 3:38 pm

    Wait a minute, I thought Sarah was the Marxist…

    See her previous column where she says that Joe Higgins is the only ‘actual’ socialist. See, she claiming to know what ‘actual’ socialism is.

  4. 4 EWI March 26, 2009 at 10:49 pm

    but on a personal level, lawyers, doctors, dentists, teachers and computer scientists earn a good rate of return on their education. Why shouldn’t they pay something towards it?

    Wait, wait – Arts students, it’s generally agreed, don’t earn all that much. So does Sarah Carey think that they shouldn’t pay…?

  5. 5 Hugh Green March 27, 2009 at 10:19 am

    I’m guessing that since studies in Arts generate relatively limited labour capacity of the type used to make money, Arts students should not pay, in so far as they should not exist.


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