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Judith Trudeau and Stéphane Chalifour June 27, 2012
Original French text: http://profscontrelahausse.org/billets/rouge-comme-un-printemps/
Reflections on the student movement
What was originally a low-intensity conflict destined to be resolved by the combined
effects of the test of time and fear of failure, has been slowly transformed into a real
crisis whose more acute magnitude poses the recurrent question of a new social contract. Clearly overwhelmed, but bolstered by polls, the Liberal government has underestimated this segment of the student youth whose determination has unfolded over time, with creativity and intelligence. The evasion and refusal to discuss a moratorium (an announcement of which would have sufficed to bypass the radicalization of students), ended up constituting - in essence - the improvised strategy of a government whose apparent firmness attests, ultimately, to its weakness and its decay in public affairs. Although this crisis is neither over nor opening up a radical option in the political scene, it leads to a reflection illuminating the contradictions that it seems to have exacerbated. Far from any claim to completeness, we wish to review here a few elements.