The frightening case is the movement Bildung Brennt (the university is burning) in Austria, when over the last months and weeks, several tens of thousands of people have taken part in protests against the amendment of the University law, online and offline.
The demand is to reject the planned changes to Austria’s university law and the undemocratic, negligent procedure of the ÖVP/Green government. "Let us once again clearly stand against this injustice. Let us call members of the national council to vote against the UG amendment." (Bildung Brennt, email message to author, 23 March 2020)
The protest is directed against the transformation of education into a neoliberal machine of fast education for capital and the labor market. Pressure is exercised online by writing petitions, writing emails to the members of the Austrian national council,1 using the hashtag #bildungbrennt and #ugNOvelle on social media, and tagging politicians in order to notify them of the demands.
What we witness is that nobody listens to the people, and that none of the people’s demands are taken into the decision-making process or the negotiation of laws.