A group of students at the London School of Economics have issued an eye-opening list of demands.
The London School of Economics (LSE) has been told to ban all students who were privately educated, as well as introduce minority quotas for staff and cancel a university society dedicated to economist Friedrich Hayek, by a group of students calling themselves the LSE Class War.
The manifesto catalogues a series of radical demands to exclude various voices from the LSE campus, claiming certain speakers and groups are “harmful” to “marginalised students”.
Complaining that there is only one full-time black professor at the LSE, the group said the university should be “de-colonised”, with BAME (black, asian, minority ethnic) quotas introduced for hiring academics.
The Class Warfare group say the HayekSoc promote “free market fundamentalist views” which “call for the oppression of working class people”, whilst a “no platforming policy” on campus would prevent the discussion of “ideas that promote ideologies that are harmful to marginalised students.”
A spokesperson for HayekSoc said they “strongly condemned” the manifesto, and the “crude assumption” to suggest that working class people “cannot excel without help”.
“It is the view of the society, as of the thinkers inspiring the society, that economic, political and cultural liberties drive individuals to lead better lives regardless of class,” the society said.
“We are further alarmed by the crude assumption of the movement to suggest that working class individuals cannot excel without help, implying that working class citizens are somehow dumber and less capable.
“We would like to take this opportunity to dispel the inaccurate myths put out by the movement and encourage them to attend their classes to understand how free markets work.
“Our rational role in economics and society played a key role in alleviating poverty in the late part of the 20th century and was responsible for driving historic economic growth coupled with greater extension of individual liberties and cultural freedom.
“It’s a shame we were not contacted before these claims were published online, which further show the lack of integrity and smear campaigns used by this illegitimate movement, rather than pursuing arguments driven by reason and rationality.”
The LSE also issued a statement, saying “academic freedom and freedom of expression underpin everything we do at LSE.”
“Students and staff are strongly encouraged to discuss and debate the most pressing issues around the world in a mutually respectful manner.
“The LSESU Hayek Society is one of over 200 societies at LSE open to students who wish to come together to explore and share common interests.”