Ah, Socialists

So there are posters all around QUT Kelvin Grove at the moment that advertise a Socialist Alternative meeting where...

IDEAS FOR CHALLENGING CAPITALISM

...will be discussed.

I don't mean to be pessimistic, and I'm all for having a social conscience, but challenging capitalism isn't like blowing over a house made of playing cards. You can't cause established social orders to crumble by stomping your feet too hard or sneezing in their general direction.

I'm seeing a room where idealistic university students are armed with permanent markers and butchers paper.

student 1: How about we Hi-jack some aeroplanes and...
student 2: It's been done.
student 1: How about we stop buying things and...
student 2: We'll starve.
student 1: Not if we establish a self sufficient agrarian society...
student 2: We don't have land.
student 1: Shall we just set up another petition outside F block then?
student 2: Great idea!

3 comments:

jarielle said...

When [name] joined a group sort of like that, she started off handing out flyers and selling magazines. As time wore on they demanded more of her time and made out that they would save the world by spray-painting this, damaging that, etc.

Within weeks, she quit.

I don't know enough to comment, though.

Maree said...

Hmm yeah I think this is the same group that [name] joined. I believe she quit because, yeah, they wanted her to do minor but nonetheless criminal things that wouldn't look good to potential employers if she got caught.

Queen Anne said...

Rather depressing. So how do we change the world?