[Marxism] College Graduates on the Brink: A Double Waste

michael perelman michael.perelman3 at gmail.com
Thu May 31 08:16:39 MDT 2012


It makes me sick.  Thanks for your note.

On Thu, May 31, 2012 at 5:15 AM, Christopher Hutchinson
<christopher.hutch at gmail.com> wrote:
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> Michael,
> Thank you for writing this. A close friend's husband, a composer with a
> phd, joined the military last year and is now in Iraq. Since then two more
> friends both with college degrees have enlisted. It amazes me because the
> pay is not great. My friend who is now, for lack of a better term, an "army
> wife", living on a base in Hawaii says that rent  is priced well over
> market value and the quarters are shabby. The good news is that she and
> other families on the base participated in Occupy on the island and carried
> signs saying "end the wars." They were also preparing to lead a fight if
> the government shut down and their partners didn't get paid.
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> chris hutch
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> On Thu, May 31, 2012 at 12:51 AM, michael perelman <
> michael.perelman3 at gmail.com> wrote:
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>> In the last week, 3 of my best students told me that they were joining
>> the military.  One came for a letter of recommendation and another
>> whom I knew when he was in high school only told me today when I asked
>> about his plans. Another bright young guy from basketball is dropping
>> out to join.  Again, financial considerations are dominant. I assume
>> they are the tip of the iceberg among students with whom I am close.
>> They see no decent job prospects in the civilian sector.  What is
>> going on when our economy creates such a double waste: not providing
>> decent opportunities and then drawing them into a killing machine.
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>> Michael Perelman
>> Economics Department
>> California State University
>> Chico, CA
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Michael Perelman
Economics Department
California State University
Chico, CA
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