The Sausage Factory is the news & views letter of the Really Open University. We don’t produce it regularly, only when we’ve got something to share. It’s handed out around Leeds; but feel free to print and distribute it wherever you are.
Why Sausage Factory?
…[A]school master is a productive labourer, when, in addition to belabouring the heads of his scholars, he works like a horse to enrich the school proprietor. That the latter has laid out his capital in a teaching factory, instead of a sausage factory, does not alter the relation.
—Karl Marx (1867)
The comparison made by Karl ‘naughty man’ Marx rings even truer today than in his own time. The content and purpose of the university has increasingly become geared towards the production of profit and the reproduction of an elite, rather improving the lives of society at large.
As Neil Smith understands it:
‘Some of us are the sausages, some of us put the sausage meat in skins, some of us just tend the machines, and some are the managers—but all of us are in Marx’s educational factory. The local branch of this factory serves as an excellent target for a little political agitation, but we also have to keep our sights focused on the larger sausage factory of global capitalism’. (2000)
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