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austerity



  • Tools and Resources for Faculty to Fight Austerity

    by Aimee Loiselle and Jennifer M. Miller

    Faculty and students concerned with influencing the operations of their own campuses need to understand how university budgeting and finance work, and not leave that knowledge in the hands of administrators alone. 



  • What if the Coronavirus Crisis Is Just a Trial Run?

    by Adam Tooze

    The disjointed and haphazard global response to the COVID pandemic bodes poorly for the world's capacity for coordinated action to face inevitable crisies in the near future. The problem isn't a lack of means but a lack of commitment to collective action.



  • Visions against Politics

    by Eileen Boris and Annelise Orleck

    Historians Eileen Boris and Annelise Orleck are the guest editors of the spring edition of the AAUP's magazine focusing on the need for a New Deal for Higher Education. This is their introductory essay. 



  • The Meaning of the Democrats’ Spending Spree

    by Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor

    Joe Biden supported a balanced budget amendment in 1995, ran as the "establishment" candidate in the Democratic primaries, and has been a regular advocate of bipartisanship. So why is his administration proposing the massive American Rescue Plan Act, and showing a willingness to act without securing Republican cooperation? A tour of recent history can explain. 



  • SSU Faculty Retrenchment Plan Accidentally Released

    Salem (MA) State University's General Counsel disputed that a spreadsheet accidentally relased in response to a records request and circulated by a faculty member constitutes a plan to terminate faculty positions for budgetary reasons. Faculty argue that it is consistent with pressure they face to accept furloughs and doubt administration assurances that retrenchment is off the table.



  • The Deficit Hawks That Make Moderate Democrats Cower

    The Commitee For a Responsible Federal Budget has lobbied both parties toward austerity policies for decades. Writer Alex Yablon examines the group's origins and impact beginning in the Clinton era. 



  • Those who Like Government Least Govern Worst

    Both George W. Bush and Donald Trump represent a Republican Party soaked in contempt for, and mistrust of, the federal government. When you don’t respect, or even like, the institution you lead, you lead it poorly. When that institution is incredibly, globally important — as the US government is — leading it poorly can invite global catastrophe.



  • College Worth Fighting For

    by Ryan Boyd

    Professors are in a class struggle, a real fight that cannot be won with critique alone.



  • The Tough Love of ‘Austerity’

    by Jennifer Szalai

    When we talk about the need for austerity in Greece, the word conveys not just an economic but a moral requirement — a lesson that must be taught.