Alec Weisman, Editor-in Chief
After spending the last two weeks reading Hobbes Leviathan for class, I spent this weekend to study for my midterm yesterday, I mulled over what I had read. Hobbes described the sovereign of the commonwealth as the voice of the people, and said that the people cannot dissent, an attitude which struck me as wrong. The granting of this form of temporal authority which denied liberty to the subject seemed at odds with the notion of a free society, in which respectful dissent and individuality is argued to be one of our greatest virtues.
As I thought about the negative consequences of Hobbes words, I was struck by the fact that the UCSD Associated Students and the UC Student Association view themselves as the “voice” of the students. I don’t understand how they can argue that “The University of California Student Association is the official voice of over 200,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students from the eleven UC campuses. It is our mission to advocate on behalf of current and future students for the accessibility, affordability, and quality of the UC system.” If UCSA was actually “a student-run, membership-based organization, with a Board of Directors made up entirely of students and a full-time staff led by an Executive Director,” then students should have the right to opt in or out of the system should they disagree with it.
Sadly however, this is not the case, and for the UCSA, their top priority is to pass the California DREAM Act. Members of the UCSD AS have over the past few months shown their support for the DREAM Act, proving once again that partisan politics is alive and well on the council. Apparently AS is scheduled to vote on a resolution to support the DREAM Act, according to an email sent out over the weekend.
Knowing our student government at UCSD, this resolution
will likely , but students at UCSD should wonder why our student government has to pass resolutions on political issues. You can think that you have the authority to represent me, but when I don’t have a real choice to opt into or out of your coercive system, then your “representation” is no representation at all.
AS Watch: Part 2 – Make Your Own Decisions
AS will also be considering a fee referendum for University Centers. I find it funny that University Centers operates just as inefficiently as Transportation and Parking Services and therefore it needs to beg students to impose fee hikes on themselves.
Finally, CalPIRG is coming to AS to ask them to endorse their “Energy Service Corps” campaign.