The Byproduct of the Bourgeoisie

A Trotskyist's blog on history.



"In the end of the game, the king and the pawn go in the same box"


- Italian Proverb

phdinprecarity:

From friend and fellow PhD student, Annie Fehrenbacher:

 I got this email from the UCLA alumni association with the subject line: “The dollars and sense of your support” telling me that tuition is now 14 TIMES higher than in 1990, and that a student would have to work full-time for 45 weeks at minimum wage to pay for one year of school (compared to 9.5 weeks in 1990).  
They want me to “imagine the possibilities of all of us coming together—giving any amount to anywhere on campus—to support students, UCLA and the collective Bruin Family.” 
I’d like to imagine the possibilities if the Regents hadn’t voted to give “administrative stipends” ranging from $24,000 to $58,625 to executives without any extra duties in 2009. 
I’d like to imagine the possibilities if the Regents hadn’t approved salary raises of 6.4% to 23% for 12 highly ranked administrators and attorneys in 2011, most of whom already earned more than $200,000 a year. 
I’d like to imagine the possibilities if the Regents hadn’t imposed cuts amounting to a 1.5% decrease in take home pay for UC service workers making an average of $35,000 per year in 2013, in the same year that UC’s highest paid employees — nearly 700 of whom receive larger salaries than the President of the United States — received a 3% across the board raise. 
I’d like to imagine the possibilities if TA support at UCLA didn’t lag behind other universities by between $2,697 and $4,978/year. 
I’d like to imagine the possibilities of being in a doctoral program where students weren’t dropping out because they have no funding to pay $14,497/year for the privilege of getting a Ph.D. 
I’d like to imagine the possibilities if more than 50% of those accepted into UC graduate programs didn’t go elsewhere, where they could find better funding.
I’d like to imagine the possibilities if UC departing Executive Vice-President Peter Taylor didn’t think the best way to increase UC revenue in a time of lower state support would be to expand professional master’s degree programs (i.e., increasing revenue from tuition and subsequently increasing student debt) and technology commercialization (i.e., prioritizing research that leads to products and profits rather than public goods). 
Stop asking students to foot the bill for UC management!!!

Amen. 
The whole premise that alumni and private donations should take the place of state funding—in a state where all of the main elected representatives are Democrats, mind you—is ludicrous.


A decrease in the educational standard at work. Anytime someone mentions deficits in education, all it really means is that the campus is underfunded. With a 14 time increase in the UC tuition,  that means education has been defunded by that much. Demand for what students have lost! Role back the cuts! Reduce UCLA’s  tuition to its original price of $0.00! In the end, Progressives, Liberals, Conservatives are all the same!

phdinprecarity:

From friend and fellow PhD student, Annie Fehrenbacher:

 I got this email from the UCLA alumni association with the subject line: “The dollars and sense of your support” telling me that tuition is now 14 TIMES higher than in 1990, and that a student would have to work full-time for 45 weeks at minimum wage to pay for one year of school (compared to 9.5 weeks in 1990).  

They want me to “imagine the possibilities of all of us coming together—giving any amount to anywhere on campus—to support students, UCLA and the collective Bruin Family.” 

I’d like to imagine the possibilities if the Regents hadn’t voted to give “administrative stipends” ranging from $24,000 to $58,625 to executives without any extra duties in 2009. 

I’d like to imagine the possibilities if the Regents hadn’t approved salary raises of 6.4% to 23% for 12 highly ranked administrators and attorneys in 2011, most of whom already earned more than $200,000 a year. 

I’d like to imagine the possibilities if the Regents hadn’t imposed cuts amounting to a 1.5% decrease in take home pay for UC service workers making an average of $35,000 per year in 2013, in the same year that UC’s highest paid employees — nearly 700 of whom receive larger salaries than the President of the United States — received a 3% across the board raise. 

I’d like to imagine the possibilities if TA support at UCLA didn’t lag behind other universities by between $2,697 and $4,978/year. 

I’d like to imagine the possibilities of being in a doctoral program where students weren’t dropping out because they have no funding to pay $14,497/year for the privilege of getting a Ph.D. 

I’d like to imagine the possibilities if more than 50% of those accepted into UC graduate programs didn’t go elsewhere, where they could find better funding.

I’d like to imagine the possibilities if UC departing Executive Vice-President Peter Taylor didn’t think the best way to increase UC revenue in a time of lower state support would be to expand professional master’s degree programs (i.e., increasing revenue from tuition and subsequently increasing student debt) and technology commercialization (i.e., prioritizing research that leads to products and profits rather than public goods). 

Stop asking students to foot the bill for UC management!!!

Amen. 

The whole premise that alumni and private donations should take the place of state funding—in a state where all of the main elected representatives are Democrats, mind you—is ludicrous.

A decrease in the educational standard at work. Anytime someone mentions deficits in education, all it really means is that the campus is underfunded. With a 14 time increase in the UC tuition, that means education has been defunded by that much.

Demand for what students have lost! Role back the cuts! Reduce UCLA’s tuition to its original price of $0.00!


In the end, Progressives, Liberals, Conservatives are all the same!

(via thoughts-fromcollege)

thoughts-fromcollege:

paxmachina:

Enjoy your evening.

Not sure how accurate these numbers are but you get the point

It is actually rather accurate,  but on the safe-side you can say the richest 1% of the world  (in reality it is about 85 people) own more than the poorest 50%. This is put into prospective when you realize that the poorest billion receive about a dollar a day.

thoughts-fromcollege:

paxmachina:

Enjoy your evening.

Not sure how accurate these numbers are but you get the point

It is actually rather accurate, but on the safe-side you can say the richest 1% of the world (in reality it is about 85 people) own more than the poorest 50%. This is put into prospective when you realize that the poorest billion receive about a dollar a day.

(Source: facebook.com)

russiangrammar:

Hello fellow Russian learners! I’m a beginner (I’ve been learning for about 4 months) and I found the case system really hard at first. But I found that making flow diagrams has really helped me remember the case endings and I thought that other newbies might also find it helpful :)
PS I know that genitive is spelled wrong in the picture…

russiangrammar:

Hello fellow Russian learners! I’m a beginner (I’ve been learning for about 4 months) and I found the case system really hard at first. But I found that making flow diagrams has really helped me remember the case endings and I thought that other newbies might also find it helpful :)

PS I know that genitive is spelled wrong in the picture…

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victorovich:

Vive la Commune!

victorovich:

Vive la Commune!

“Social progress can be measured by the social position of the female sex.”

—   Karl Marx (via victorovich)
abusone:

cuche on Flickr.

abusone:

cuche on Flickr.

(via friayapatica)

blackmetalbaeddel:

I love getting up early to watch the Communism rise.

blackmetalbaeddel:

I love getting up early to watch the Communism rise.

(Source: fuckyeahmrduck, via redplebeian)

victorovich:

Soviet Cosmonauts.

(via blvck-mamba)

Anonymous asked: Fuck all you greedy communists, I am not entitled to what you earn and you are not entitled to what I earn.

fabulous-trotskyist:

But I don’t want what you personally earn, nor will I give you what I personally earn. I fight for the collective ownership of the means of production by the working class, with expropriation of the privately accumulated capital of the capitalist class to be used to expand and improve industry and serves for the working class with the help of a centrally planned economy run by the dictatorship of the proletariat, ie the working class as a class. It’s not about individual gain at all.

communistsextips:

The only kind of crabs you do want.

communistsextips:

The only kind of crabs you do want.

(Source: redsuspenders)

redplebeian:

souviet:

bakuninja:

tsartre:

FUCK

omg dying

HeLP

Ooofff!

redplebeian:

souviet:

bakuninja:

tsartre:

FUCK

omg dying

HeLP

Ooofff!

(Source: dirtypoliticsconfessions, via communistsextips)

We like it ☭irty.

(Source: communistsextips)

She wants the ☭

dkyubey:

varousector:

more like

d-mocracy

shut up you liberal. 

(Source: bbalgangyi, via communistsextips)

fuckyeahmarxismleninism:

Krupskaya was a Russian revolutionary, writer, educator and Secretary of the Bolshevik Faction of the Social Democratic Party. Wife and advisor to V.I. Lenin. Secretary to the Board of Iskra beginning in 1901. Krupskaya became a member of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union in 1924, a member of its control commission in 1927, a member of the Supreme Soviet in 1931. 
After the October Revolution in 1917, she was appointed deputy to Anatoliy Lunacharskiy, the People’s Commissar for Education, where she took charge of the Adult Education Division; she became chair of the education committee in 1920 and was deputy commissar of education from 1929 to 1939. 
 She was instrumental in the foundation of Komsomol and the Pioneer movement as well as the Soviet educational system. She was also fundamental in the development of Soviet librarianship.
Selection of Krupskaya’s writings

Happy International Women’s Day

fuckyeahmarxismleninism:

Krupskaya was a Russian revolutionary, writer, educator and Secretary of the Bolshevik Faction of the Social Democratic Party. Wife and advisor to V.I. Lenin. Secretary to the Board of Iskra beginning in 1901. Krupskaya became a member of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union in 1924, a member of its control commission in 1927, a member of the Supreme Soviet in 1931. 

After the October Revolution in 1917, she was appointed deputy to Anatoliy Lunacharskiy, the People’s Commissar for Education, where she took charge of the Adult Education Division; she became chair of the education committee in 1920 and was deputy commissar of education from 1929 to 1939. 

She was instrumental in the foundation of Komsomol and the Pioneer movement as well as the Soviet educational system. She was also fundamental in the development of Soviet librarianship.

Selection of Krupskaya’s writings

Happy International Women’s Day