Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Why Do We Need Student Unions? For Censorship

The "student union" has already decertified Carleton Lifeline as a university club. Now they want to outright ban pro-life students from the university:
January 12, 2012. OTTAWA, ON—This week, the CFS National Deputy Chairperson Shelly Melanson proposed a referendum question to the Carleton University Student’s Association (CUSA) which is creating a firestorm of controversy. The proposed question involves censoring certain groups: “Are you in favour of banning groups such as Lifeline, the Genocide Awareness Project, Campaign for Life Coalition and other organizations that use inaccurate information and violent images to discourage women from exploring all options in the event of pregnancy from Carleton University?”

The question has been added to CUSA’s Write of Referenda for 2012, which indicates that the referenda will be held concurrently with the 2012 General Elections.
In addition to banning pro-lifers, the "union" also proposes banning all groups "that promote guns and gun violence" (want to open a student chapter of the National Firearms Association? Forget it!) and to force "a binding socially responsible investment policy" on Carleton University, that would require it to divest from a number of companies, blacklisted by the "union". Among other suggestions: a student levy hike to raise funds for a committee that sponsors refugee students and "a mandatory universal transit pass for full-time undergraduate students" at a prescribed price.

No, I'm not making this up. Apparently, the "student union" is planning a vote on a mandatory transit pass for all students - including those who have cars as well as those who live close enough to cycle or even walk to the campus. Not to mention, that they believe they can arbitrarily set the price of the transit pass (the actual cost of the OC Transpo Student Semester Pass is $255, not $180) and to limit annual price increases to some prescribed maximum. (Who, do they think, is going to pay the difference? The university? The government? Or maybe, the students themselves, through increased tuition?)

So, that's what these "student unions" are all about. Now, if the "student union" membership was made voluntary (on an "opt-in" base, rather than "opt-out") how many students would actually choose to rejoin this modern-day version of the Hitlerjugend?


Osumashi Kinyobe said...

I have an idea. Why don`t we ban student unions? After all, what starving student wants to pay for the privilege of brownshirts stealing his or her freedom?

Off-topic: could this be detrimental to New Brunswick tourism?

Leonard said...

Why bother banning? There's a much easier way - give students the freedom not to belong to these unions. How many would actually want to opt-in for a membership in a "union" which forces them to buy things they don't really need and to donate to organizations that apparently can't raise funds on their own?

And this is just one of the examples of how a socialist structure can only survive because of mandatory membership - and falls apart as soon as people are allowed to leave. Back in late 1980s, all it took is for just one Eastern European country (Hungary) to ease the travel restrictions - and the communist rule collapsed, not just there, but all across Eastern Europe. Soviet Union fell because the people simply wanted out. And similarly, Canadian socialism will implode if there are enough people insisting on their right not to participate.

Cory Shallow said...

The worst part is is they charge their tithes as part of the registration fees at my school. It's presented in a way that presumes there is no option to opt out. This has to be in violation of some sort of law, it's not like student associations seem to care for the law lately either way.