Against Harvard

There are two possibilities: either Harvard significantly boosts the life outcomes of its students/graduates or it doesn’t.

If it doesn’t, its justification for existence disappears, and, to say the least, it will have to find a new one.

If it does—there are only so many students it can take, and aristocrats and favored ethnic groups have a much easier time getting in than others. Harvard takes in about two thousand students each year, of which about twenty percent are noncitizens. Of the 1600 remaining students, many of them will be aristocrats or members of favored ethnic groups. Let’s say half are. And of the rest…

…Well, there are about three hundred million people in the USA, and there were about about five million people in medieval Britain. If medieval Britain had selected fourteen people from the peasantry every year and made them barons, would it then not have been an aristocracy?


8 responses to “Against Harvard

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  2. pithom June 3, 2016 at 1:51 am

    What’s wrong with an aristocracy?

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