Volume 95, Issue 81

Thursday, March 7, 2002
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Massive revisited

Bananas swirl

Not all altruism

Not all altruism

To the Editor:

It has come to my attention that few people seem to be aware of (or care to acknowledge) the true motive behind the behavior of the so-called deregulation protesters.

These student protesters claim to be working for the greater social good of all Ontario students, hoping to prevent tuition fees from becoming a hindrance to anyone's education.

What they fail to address is exactly who will be funding the incoming drove of second-handers disguised as university students. What will happen to international student fees? And what is the proper role of their government?

I deem it necessary to address these questions. Of course all taxpayers will pay – even those without potential beneficiaries.

Of course international fees, already set at over $10,000, will rise drastically. After all, international students would not be paying the necessary additional tax. Of course, the only proper role of a government is to protect individual rights.

A right is not a demand made by a leech of its host (or, as the case may be, a demand for cheap education by a group of self-proclaimed altruists on all other citizens).

No person has the right to demand sacrifice of another to himself. And, of course, what the protesters are preaching then is not a noble or lofty goal, but instead, a vicious abdication of the right to live for and by one's own sake.

Nothing could be further from the social justice these protesters purport to seek.

Carrie Burdzinski

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