Of course, the opposition to neoliberal “reforms” for the education sector is not just confined to the Philippines. But neither is it confined to the students, faculty, school employees, workers, peasants, or other traditional sectors and classes for that matter.
Even long-dead renowned writers and classical books are also joining the international struggle against the budget cuts for government spending on education as international monopoly capital eyes the education and other social services as the next target for its unbridled lust for profits. Wu Ming’s Blog reports:
Students and teachers on the war path. Riots and demonstrations all over the country. High schools and universities occupied by the students. Violent clashes with the police in front of the Senate… In Rome, students confronted the cops while carrying shields with book titles on them. The meaning was: it is culture itself that’s resisting the cuts; books themselves are fighting the police.
Some of the names and titles seen in the protest action include Plato’s The Republic, Melville’s Moby Dick, Boccaccio’s The Decameron, Cervantes’ Don Quixote, and Deleuze’s A Thousand Plateaus: