matches the newest label of a 20-something recent grad living in their parents’ basement. Indeed, one of the Philly protesters on Monday was 66-year-old Irving Jones of West Oak Lane, who lent profit his center-ages to earn two master’s degrees at the University of the Arts and a Philadelphia seminary, and still owes $203,000. He said he’s never been able to find work that would bring in enough money for all the dollars he borrowed. “I couldn’t keep up,” Jones conceded. “I wasn’t employed for a lengthy period.”
But while there are 45 million Americans who still owe student debt, you are likely to hear almost as many objections why enormous loan forgiveness was an awful idea — either morally or politically, or for some other reason. Absolving everyone who took on debt to get an education is grossly unfair, critics argue, to individuals who never ever borrowed currency in the first place or who worked diligently to pay their loans off. And what about the 63% of American adults who never earned a four-year degree — what exactly is inside it in their eyes?
But for the debtors who took part in Monday’s protest and their allies, college-debt forgiveness on a massive scale is the first step toward a more impressive public mission — treating higher education not as an individual crucible but as a public good that benefits everyone, by creating better-informed residents and more productive workers.
“Field reasoning does not have any a place in higher-education policy,” Clancy said, noting that his friends and co-workers went into social work to help their neighbors, but instead got walloped with a huge bill that’s all on them. It’s a powerful dispute, but advocates like the Debt Collective know they face an uphill battle and are already planning their next move if Biden does reinstate the payments in May: a personal debt hit.
“It’s in contrast to ‘The brand new Hushed Age bracket,’” Deigh said of her younger allies in the movement. “They will do something about it. He’s fearless.”
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I’ve been harping a lot in this space about how our boomer-point in time instructors never ever taught you the truth about post-Civil War Reconstruction. The same is true, I now know, about women’s suffrage additionally the nineteenth Amendment, thanks to a great new season from one of my favorite podcasts, American History Tellers from Wondery. The saga of the women who finally won the vote in 1920 is an ethically complex you to — mixing remarkable courage with occasional bouts of demoralizing racism against both Black people and immigrants. I didn’t know before listening to this AHT series how close (one vote, in one state, Tennessee) the 19th Amendment came to meeting the same doomed fate as the 1970s’ Equal Rights Amendment.
Meanwhile, the documentarian Ken Burns (the hardest working man in show business since James Brown left us) is here this week with their very Philadelphia
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Matter: What is Putin’s endgame in Ukraine, and what happens if it eventually becomes clear that Russia will not gain territorial control there? — Via Andrew Benowitz () on Twitter
Address: Andrew, it seems clear that the next 30 days or so could be decisive — leading up to May 9, which is when reports suggest Vladimir Putin had grandiose visions of celebrating a sweeping victory in Ukraine on the anniversary of the USSR’s 1945 triumph over Nazi Germany. And the key battleground will be the regions in the east of Ukraine such as Donbas that the Russian dictator insisted was their real goal all the collectively — even as his troops were getting whupped in greater Kyiv. Putin might take territorial gains in the east — which is rich in energy resources — and call it a day, leaving the rest of Volodymyr Zelensky’s Ukraine intact. But the planet’s growing anger over Russian war crimes makes it less likely other nations will let Putin be “the decider” of the conflict.