"But all of the labor that students do is, in the final analysis, the production of social value. Students are the buildings being built by a modern-day PWA, as well as the builders being paid to build them; they are the economic, social, and political infrastructure which the state must pay to produce, and does. The work of self-cultivation that students do—when they learn language, learn to paint, learn to design and build, learn to socialize, and learn everything else that they learn—all eventually pays massive social dividends. A capitalist society like ours does not function if the state doesn’t educate its citizenry, and that’s why they do it, the same way it does not function if tax dollars don’t pay to build roads. It just doesn’t know it. There is nothing more blind to itself than a huge government which has enshrined “small government” as its ruling philosophy, and which exists only by spending tax dollars and but believes it can be against both taxes and spending."