Leftist rag mugged by market reality?

When John Howard abolished compulsory student unionism, the left had a meltdown. Mostly because they knew perfectly well that no one was going to voluntarily pay for the privilege of being badgered by such enforcers of leftist dogmatism as “diversity” representatives and “queer officers”. And absolutely no one in their right mind would shell out a cent for the dreck served up as “student newspapers”. Naturally, the first thing the left did when they got back in power was to make sure the sluice gates of cash strong-armed from their fellow students were opened wide again.

In the U.S., the student left is a little wilier, but some of their fellows are starting to get wise and are refusing to pony up the Benjamins. quote.

A left-leaning student newspaper at Rutgers University did not receive the votes required to get student funding for the first time in its century-and-a-half history.

The Daily Targum, which has circulated since 1869, is currently facing a major cutback in operations after the paper failed to garner enough votes to continue funding most of its operations. The paper is facing a budget cut of nearly $540,000, or around 70 percent of its budget, according to NJ.com.

Out of 23,996 eligible student voters, only 4,461 students of the 6,578 students who cast ballots voted to fund The Daily Targum, NorthJersey.com reported. This 18.59 percent of eligible students opting to fund the paper fell short of the 25 percent minimum needed to fund it.end quote.

Note that, even if only one quarter of students wanted it, every one of them would be forced to pay for it. Budding socialists, it would seem.quote.

Articles published by The Daily Targum include an op-ed claiming that then-Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh should be denied a position on the Court and a column advocating for “environmental justice” that intersects with racial justice. end quote.

Gosh. Now who wouldn’t want to pay for that? quote.

Eric Eaton, a recent graduate of Rutgers University and former president of the Rutgers Conservative Union chapter […][said] “I don’t really remember anyone on campus that read the Targum at all.”

Eaton also told Campus Reform that a person had been kicked off of the paper after he had an issue with his editors regarding the use of a term in an article.

“Someone I knew on campus who was originally writing for the Targum had his article censored because he used the term ‘illegal immigrants’ in a story he was working on,” Eaton said. “When he asked his editors about why his article had been censored and the term was not allowed, he was terminated off of the paper.” end quote.

Even so, prising a leftist’s hands out of other people’s pockets takes some doing. quote.

Eaton also told Campus Reform briefly about on-campus efforts to defund the Targum and educate students on how to get their funds back.

“We just spread awareness that students were involuntarily spending their $15 on the paper,” the alumnus said […] the process was secretive and not well-known among the student body. The only way students would find out about the fee, Eaton told Campus Reform, would be to check their term bill and see the $15 “Targum fee” that was charged […]

The former Rutgers Conservative Union president also said that […]the paper was seeking to give the organizers of the effort a hard time by putting them through a “bureaucratic process.”

“I believe it was them just trying to save face and not give anyone their money back,” Eaton said. end quote.

Still, surely the students would eagerly pay voluntarily for their favourite lefty rag? quote.

The Daily Targum has started a GoFundMe page, with a goal of $100,000, to continue funding the paper’s operation costs. The paper has received over $13,000 at the time of publication. end quote.


Even when they grow up and are thrown, kicking and screaming, out of their university safe spaces, they try and keep up the same scams. Barely-read lefty rag Meanjin whined to the high heavens when its taxpayer cash-flow was threatened last year. Meanwhile, conservative journal Quadrant just got on with it, making money the old-fashioned way: by getting people to buy it.