On “Divisiveness”

A group of people in purple shirts with fists up in the air on a college campus
May Day Rally at Santa Clara University

“…my belief is our community needs more collaboration and understanding, not division. The unionization of a portion of our faculty has the potential to create a deeper “us vs. them” dynamic that detracts — not adds — to our culture and our mission.”

What better way to bludgeon the collective spirit than to accuse the members of the collective and their supporters of divisiveness! It’s a textbook example of gaslighting.

The way that the neoliberal university is currently run doesn’t just encourage “us” vs. “them” but, in fact, turns “us” against “us,” rewarding our competitiveness and making us think that the path to success is one where the worker becomes the boss.

Which side are you on boys?

Which side are you on?

Which side are you on boys?

Which side are you on?

They say in Harlan County

There are no neutrals there.

You’ll either be a union man

Or a thug for J. H. Blair.

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