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Our basic public services, we are told, are simply too expensive. They must be thrown under the wheels of the megalithic debt that bears down upon us. They must be privatised, corporatised and commodified. All this so we can ensure the continuation of a system that funnels wealth into the hands of a privileged few. This failed and flailing market system, we are told, is the only one that is possible, drastic cuts the only alternative, the fairest thing to do. Any deviation from the path laid out for us will unleash the worst imaginable, a media-imagined Worst that threatens from our darkened skies.

The UfSO offers an emphatic No! to this description of our current situation, and sees instead a magnificent opportunity, a multiplication of possibilities, the opening of a space in which we might think about, and bring about, a fairer and and more fulfilling society for all. In short: Many good reasons for strategic optimism! We urge a rampant questioning of the ideological basis for the relentless privatisation and privation of our lives: Are these cuts incoherent, as some have said? Or is this a specific move/set of moves on the part of neoliberal capital? Are labour, education, healthcare, and the environment, mere commodities, to be consumed by those who will redeem them as more capital? Can the opposition to cuts begin moving towards a society ‘fit for purpose’? Is it still easier to imagine The End-of-the-World than The End-of-Capitalism?

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  1. November 25, 2010 11:30 am

    We will be watching the development of your university with great interest!

  2. Phantajisto permalink
    November 26, 2010 1:10 pm


  3. paulheb permalink
    November 30, 2010 2:32 pm

    How do I enrol? Do you have a prospectus? Where are your campusses?

  4. February 20, 2011 12:12 pm

    I am a recent graduate concerned by the current state of our country/ economy (aren’t we all!). However, rather than smash windows at Millbank and attack the royal convey,( unfortunately leading to the branding of all disgruntled students as violent anarchists); I decided to write a song. Please have a listen, I’m sure you will love it! And help to spread this refreshingly satirical take on British politics around the world.

    Highest regards
    Unemployed graduate

  5. August 11, 2011 12:37 am

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  6. Victoria permalink
    August 12, 2011 11:47 am

    I really love this initiative and I am looking forward to getting involved! First step, reading your uploads!!


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