This is part of a series created by YDS on democratic socialist perspectives.
The student movement in the United States is weak compared to most other countries. Powerful student unions and progressive governments elsewhere have advanced higher education as a universal right—often provided to students free of charge—and not simply as a privilege for those who can afford it. Such achievements, typically made possible in societies where there is a stronger socialist presence, are important to keep in mind as we work to defend student interests in the United States and around the world. We suggest that in addition to being an important part of fighting for social justice and equality in the present day, a robust, high-quality, accessible public education system can be part of the fight for a world which is not based on exploitation and economic inequality—a world beyond capitalism.
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