Tuesday, March 28, 2017
I would say this cartoon is a perfect visual that fits the overall argument of my paper. Essentially, our government has led higher education down the road of privatization, making college more of a private good that leads to students being forced to take out thousands of dollars in loans instead of receiving aid. Over the last 40 years, the rise of neoliberalism and the shifting of our democracy to a plutocracy is eerily prevalent. In this cartoon, a recent college graduate is drowning (I would like to say he is drowning in student loan debt) and the man in the boat, who represents Congress, is throwing him a cinder block with the words "Student Loan Interest Rate" on it instead of a life jacket, or something that could be used to save him. The idea is that even if the graduate was able to swim to shore and/or keep his head above water, the student loan interest rate is going to drown him even more, not help him at all.