In a strike, workers present a series of demands to their employer and withhold something that the employer values – their labor – until he meets the demands. That’s how a strike works, right?

Can there be a strike without an employer who values something you have?

Obviously not. It’s really hot right now but I can’t strike against that. Because there’s nobody to hear my demands of cooler weather and nothing I can withdraw from anybody to make Fall arrive sooner.

Is that so hard to understand? Apparently so. Several of my colleagues are trying to encourage students to join the “climate strike.” I feel deeply embarrassed for the colleagues who are trying to infantilize students needlessly. Students are not employees. They have no labor to withdraw. Not going to class hurts nobody but them. It’s not even cute when a kindergartner demands ice-cream in return for doing homework. In adults, this behavior is simply stupid.

Even if truancy somehow hurt professors, there are no climate demands that professors can fulfill. The whole thing is dumb beyond words.

Thankfully, our students aren’t rich enough to care about this idiocy.

24 thoughts on “Strike”

  1. Although this is preposterous and has nothing to do with students conditions, this strike is about asking the government to do more about climate change than they do now. (They can’t do more than that, especially in Québec, but rich wokesters act like rich wokesters)

    Universities and CEGEPs in Québec will be on strike on September 27, but contrary to the real students movement in 2012, I don’t support this crap.

    US college students should go on strike about student debt bankruptcy, this is the real thing!


  2. Wait, are the colleagues also striking (and losing money) themselves?

    If not, the behavior is a tad hypocrite, even if one takes into account the difference between a professor refusing to teach and a student missing a lecture.

    Why should students miss material, if the colleagues are teaching as usual?


    1. They are canceling class but, once again, it’s not a strike. They aren’t demanding anything from the university administration. We are allowed to cancel class at will. Nobody takes any money away from that.

      I have no idea why they can’t just say “I’m cancelling class so that we can go to a protest.”


      1. \ I have no idea why they can’t just say “I’m cancelling class so that we can go to a protest.”

        Usually a professor gives a make up class instead if classes get cancelled.


        1. At my university we are required to give students an alternate assignment or activity if we cancel class and don’t find a substitute instructor. (We are encouraged to find substitutes.) Some people assign an extra reading or a video for them to watch. If the project has a paper or project coming up, you can assign them to work on the paper/project during the class period. I’m sure no student has ever done that, but it meets the requirement.


  3. “climate strike”

    Yeah, the term is dumb beyond belief and is part of the modern decline of language where anyone who sets foot in another country for longer than 5 minutes is an ‘immigrant’ to the blurring between transsexual and transgender or obscure US obsessions are projected onto other cultures (Latinx) etc etc etc
    It’s also a big part of why I don’t buy Climate Girl’s act (and think she’s being manipulated and/or is simply very disturbed).
    Strikes can occur at universities as a barometer of student dissatisfaction with administration (or larger power systems) they happened in Poland in the communist period as a demonstration of general dissatisfaction with the entire governmental structure and to show commie propaganda about happy people under socialism for the lie it was.
    But they make no sense in the context of compulsory education – it looks too much like students just wanting some time off from class.
    I also have the idea that the entire climate strike concept is being pushed by the same people that want to force everyone to live like a Chinese peasant circa 1972…
    Hard pass.


    1. Our students arent showing much interest in the “strike” but the faculty who are trying to get them to go react in the aggressively self-righteous manner of Soviet Komsomol leaders to anybody who makes gentle fun of their efforts.


  4. Stop being so ridiculously condescending.

    They mean general walkout, it’s plain to see. Sure, a strike on student debt would be a more exact / narrower use of the word, truly à propos to school, etc., and should also happen (but would need to really be thought through to become effective — there are people in positions of power who would be just as happy if people refused to go to college, if universities were shut down, and so on, and a lot of information/analysis would have to happen for an effective strategy to be formulated).

    This is a global event spread out over a week, and from what I gather it wasn’t started in US. In my state there are 3 events; they’re on the Friday for a couple of hours each; they’re among other things an opportunity for people to meet each other to organize; having them on a work day does make a certain kind of impact and is useful, but it’s not necessary to miss a large part of the day to participate (if the event is at or near your place) and even so, it’s just one day; during the week of this there are also weekend days; the climate is issue #1; we’re fiddling while Rome burns; while you make fun of others for the imperfection of efforts they make, they are working for you.


    1. In Stalin’s USSR, whenever Stalin’s name was mentioned, you had to give a standing ovation.

      Once, in a meeting at some factory, the ovation went on and on, and nobody knew how to stop. Five minutes, seven, ten, it was getting physically taxing. Finally, the region’s party leader, who was older and somewhat overweight, couldn’t take it anymore and stopped clapping. Everybody else gratefully ended the ovation and sat down.

      The next day, the local party leader was arrested and executed. Because insufficient enthusiasm is as bad as direct sabotage.


      1. The state isn’t calling this strike (although in much broader terms I do understand what you mean by Komsomol type attitudes in faux “PC” culture)


  5. Since those are topics of conversation on this blog, mention here two Malik’s recs:


    Facebook and Google trackers are showing on p—- sites
    Charles Warzel, New York Times, 17 July 2019

    Silicon Valley’s biggest companies are always watching you — even when you’re browsing p-rn-graphy websites in incognito mode.

    Trackers from tech companies like Google and Facebook are logging your most personal browsing details, according to a forthcoming New Media & Society paper, which scanned 22,484 p-rn-graphy websites. Where that data ultimately goes is not always clear.


    Opioid addiction rising in India as US drugmakers push painkillers
    Sarah Varney, Guardian, 28 August 2019



  6. “a demonstration, a manifestation or a protest”

    Thinking about this a moment… maybe they want to avoid words like protest since they’ve proven so useless in recent years, the indignados, occupy wall street, yellow vests, protests in Iran and Greece… have all pretty much come to nothing in actually changing policy… who wants to piggyback onto such a losing record?
    There have been some at least partial successes (Ukraine, Hong Kong) but protests and demonstrations seem to no longer work very well and maybe they’re trying to rethink the process… and trying to rebrand in commercial terms….


    1. I don’t understand what people hope to achieve if they come out without a specific list of demands addressed to a specific agency that has the authority to meet those demands.

      Coming out to express a mood is cute but I honestly don’t get the point. I’d be the first in line if the protest demanded something like, “we demand that the university plant 500 trees a year and clean the detritus near the highway.” This is specific and doable. I’d show up to plant and to clean, too. Happily.

      I very sincerely don’t see the point of anything vague and non-specific.


  7. Loved this blogger and this post:

    Почему у Путина ничего не получится?

    Начало здесь. Фанатам демократии что в лоб, что полбу, а им все едино, как об стенку горох. Они считают, что, если в Европе и Америке демократически избираемая власть работает хорошо, значит точно так же она может, должна и будет работать везде. Дурачкам невдомек, почему на Западе демократические модели управления эффективны, но попытки воспроизвести их в отсталых странах ВСЕГДА провальны. Как ни парадоксально, но дело здесь совсем не в демократии.


    1. It’s true except for this: the intellectual advisers aren’t affiliated with any party and don’t retire when a party loses. Take, for example, our favorite Philip Bobbitt. He was an adviser to Carter, HW Bush and Clinton.

      Also, big business doesn’t choose a party to donate to. It donates equal amounts to both parties.

      This is why no matter who wins, so little changes.


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