The college debate is as incoherent as ever
Matt Bruenig
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I like your concept of attachment benefits. Seems to me it fits well with the more familiar concept of universal service, meaning everyone contributes a year or more of mandatory public service — essentially a non-military draft. Especially if the works are well-chosen, that could be a great way of building multiple goods: attachment (aka patriotism or public spirit), common wealth (like all the great WPA projects of the 1930s), and a sense (for students and others) of earning the benefit of otherwise free public education. Inevitably, “attachment” will be an unattractive term for anti-socialists, while “service” is more appealing to them, and their support and even attachment may be crucial. (Though I must admit that “thank you for your attachment” has a nice ring to it.)

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