Here I am with a blog post. Amazing, I know. College took more than even I expected this last term and the next one, which starts tomorrow, doesn't look like it will be any lighter. I haven't been able to stay up to date with current events in the depth that I prefer and have been reduced to scanning headlines most of the time. A recurring theme I have heard is that when your only tool is a hammer, every problem looks like a nail.
I saw a video (posted below) about the Quebec student protests that brought this to mind this morning. Students in Quebec (and around the world) are upset about the escalating cost of higher education and are letting the government know about it. Someone with half a brain would think that an appropriate response would be to work on some way to lower the cost of education. Unfortunately, we are talking about politicians.
The truth is that the hammer *is* the primary tool in the government workbelt but the reason that it is finally getting so much press is that it's been used more transparently, more often, and predominately against the 99%. The Internet has been effective enough at reducing the other major tools (propaganda and indoctrination) that the hammer is being used liberally while the 1% tries to find a way to gain control over the world wide web.
Instead of looking at reducing tuition costs for students or even *saying* they will look at reducing tuition costs for students, the rocket surgeons wielding the hammer passed a law making it illegal to protest without permission from the police. That's like a patient going in to take care of an itchy rash on his right arm and the doctor tying down the patient's left arm to keep him from scratching it. Actually it's worse than that because, in this case, it brought extra people into the fight on the students' side.
People who were not protesting tuition hikes came out to protest the new anti-protest law. Shortly after the law was passed, 700 people were arrested for illegally protesting. This just brought more people out to protest the arrests and the heavy-handed tactics used by the police. The response to the hammer seems to be such a no-brainer that it leaves me wondering what game the lawmakers are playing. Have they painted themselves into such a corner that they are powerless to do anything else? Wouldn't it have been better to do nothing than fan the flames?
What do you think? Why are lawmakers around the world making symptoms illegal instead of dealing with the disease?