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The Myth of American Meritocracy, and Other Essays
The Collected Writings of Ron Unz

EPub Format⬇Mobi/Kindle Format⬇ • 320,000 Words

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With high intelligence, common sense, and advanced statistical skills, presented transparently and accessibly, Ron Unz has for decades been addressing key issues in a rapidly changing America, enlightening us on the implications and effects of bilingual programs in American schools, clarifying the issues around crime and immigration so often distorted in political and popular discussion, placing the question of an increased minimum wage effectively on the national agenda, and addressing most provocatively the issue of affirmative action and admission to selective colleges and universities, revealing some aspects of this ever disputed question that have never been noted or discussed publicly before. He is one of our most valuable discussants and analysts of public issues.—Nathan Glazer, Professor Emeritus of Education and Sociology, Harvard University, and author of Beyond the Melting Pot.

Few people on the planet are smarter than Ron Unz or have more intellectual curiosity. This fascinating and provocative collection of essays explores a remarkable range of topics, many of them high profile, some of them arcane. Unz’s analysis is always serious and invariably challenges prevailing wisdoms, which is to say there are a lot of controversial arguments in this book. No one is likely to agree with every one of his conclusions, but we would be better off if there were more people like Ron Unz among us. —John J. Mearsheimer, the R. Wendell Harrison Distinguished Service Professor of Political Science at the University of Chicago, and author of The Israel Lobby.

Ron Unz is a brilliant essayist. His interests run from ancient history and black holes to contemporary issues like racial quotas and the minimum wage. He moves swiftly to the heart of a subject with cogent analysis and limpid argument. This collection of essays sparkles with unexpected gems ranging from critiques of the mainstream press to appreciation of dissenters from common wisdom such as General Bill Odom and Alexander Cockburn. In every paragraph of these essays the reader enjoys a penetrating intelligence at work. —Nicholas Wade, former writer and editor for The New York Times, and author of Before the Dawn, The Faith Instinct, and A Troublesome Inheritance.

Over the past two decades as an original thinker and writer Ron Unz has tackled complex and significant subjects such as immigration, education, economics, race, and the press, pushing aside common assumptions. This book brings together in one volume these pieces from a variety of publications. Unlike other essayists on culture and politics, Unz shreds ideology and relies on statistical data to support his often groundbreaking ideas, such as his 2010 essay on “The Myth of Hispanic Crime.” And his 2014 efforts to put a \$12 an hour minimum wage bill before California voters is an example of how the action of an individual can draw public attention to an issue he believes is necessary for the economic health of the Republic. Anyone reading this book will learn a great deal about America from an incisive writer and scholar who has peeled back layers of conventional wisdom to expose the truth on issues of prime importance today. —Sydney Schanberg, Pulitzer-Prize winning former reporter and editor for The New York Times, whose story inspired the 1984 film The Killing Fields.

Provocative and fearless, sometimes infuriating, and quite often, persuasive. And when American’s low-wage workers get their coming big raise, the apostate conservative Ron Unz will deserve a decent share of the credit. —Prof. James K. Galbraith, author of The End of Normal and Welcome to the Poisoned Chalice: The Destruction of Greece and the Future of Europe.

Contents

Cover Quotes
Preface to 2016 Edition

RACE, ETHNICITY, AND SOCIAL POLICY

America’s Decline
Commentary (Letters) • August 1992 • 600 Words
How to Grab the Immigration Issue
The Wall Street Journal • May 24, 1994 • 1,100 Words
Immigration or the Welfare State
Policy Review • September 1994 • 4,100 Words
Against Prop. 187
The Los Angeles Times • October 3, 1994 • 900 Words
Sinking Our State
Reason • November 1994 • 1,500 Words
Why National Review Is Wrong About Immigration
National Review • November 7, 1994 • 1,900 Words
CCRI vs. Prop. 187
The Los Angeles Times • March 12, 1995 • 900 Words
Immigrants and Family Values
The Rockford Institute Family in America • May 1995 • 800 Words
Immigration Mockery
The Los Angeles Times • May 21, 1995 • 600 Words
Big Brother, Meet Big Sister
The Los Angeles Times • June 12, 1995 • 800 Words
Bilingualism vs. Bilingual Education
The Los Angeles Times • October 19, 1997 • 1,000 Words
Alpert-Firestone: Recipe for Chaos
The Los Angeles Times • February 26, 1998 • 700 Words
Some Minorities Are More Minor Than Others
The Wall Street Journal • November 16, 1998 • 800 Words
New Yorkers Hate Bilingual Ed
City Journal • Winter 1999 • 400 Words
The Right Kind of Outreach for the GOP
The Weekly Standard • March 1, 1999 • 2,600 Words
California and the End of White America
Commentary • October 1999 • 8,600 Words
How to Speak the GOP’s Language
The Wall Street Journal • February 24, 2000 • 800 Words
The Right Way for Republicans to Handle Ethnicity in Politics
The American Enterprise • April 2000 • 3,200 Words
Losing the Peace on English in the Schools
National Review • June 13, 2000 • 1,400 Words
How the Republicans Lost California
The Wall Street Journal • August 28, 2000 • 1,300 Words
The Gift of English
City Journal • Autumn 2000 • 400 Words
Above the Law in Arizona?
National Review • January 12, 2001 • 700 Words
Bilingual Education Lives On
The New York Times • March 2, 2001 • 700 Words
Trimming the Emperor’s New Clothes
National Review • May 22, 2001 • 800 Words
The Bilingual Burden of Republican Guilt
The Wall Street Journal • May 24, 2001 • 1,400 Words
Rocks Falling Upward at Harvard University
National Review • October 26, 2001 • 800 Words
Will Riordan Run on “English”?
The Sacramento Bee • December 23, 2001 • 1,000 Words
Habla Usted Ingles?
The Wall Street Journal • October 31, 2002 • 500 Words

The Myth of Hispanic Crime
The American Conservative • January 26, 2010 • 5,500 Words
Immigration, Republicans, and the End of White America
The American Conservative • September 19, 2011 • 12,200 Words
Race, IQ, and Wealth
The American Conservative • July 18, 2012 • 7,500 Words
The East Asian Exception to Socio-Economic IQ Influences
The American Conservative • July 18, 2012 • 1,100 Words
No Quotas, No Elite Public High School
The American Conservative • October 30, 2012 • 1,200 Words
The Myth of American Meritocracy
The American Conservative • November 28, 2012 • 26,200 Words
Statistics Indicate an Ivy League Asian Quota
The New York Times • December 19, 2012 • 700 Words
Racial Quotas, Harvard, and the Legacy of Bakke
National Review • February 18, 2013 • 800 Words
How Social Darwinism Made Modern China
The American Conservative • March 11, 2013 • 8,300 Words
Race/IQ: The Jason Richwine Affair
The American Conservative • May 13, 2013 • 2,400 Words
Race and Crime in America
The Unz Review • July 20, 2013 • 7,300 Words
California Republicans Vote to Restore “Bilingual Education”
The Unz Review • May 7, 2014 • 1,400 Words
English and Meritocracy: the Gullibility of Our Political and Media Elites
The Unz Review • May 15, 2014 • 1,800 Words
Does Race Exist? Do Hills Exist?
The Unz Review • May 22, 2014 • 2,300 Words
Asian Quotas in the Ivy League? “We See Nothing! Nothing!”
The Unz Review • May 27, 2014 • 1,500 Words
Meritocracy: Will Harvard Become Free and Fair?
The Unz Review • January 19, 2016 • 1,100 Words
Bilingual Education Programs Fail Our Students
The San Diego Union-Tribune • August 5, 2016 • 800 Words
Bilingualism vs. “Bilingual Education”
The Unz Review • September 12, 2016 • 2,600 Words
A “Grand Bargain” on Immigration Reform?
The Unz Review • October 3, 2016 • 4,700 Words
American Pravda: Racial Discrimination at Harvard
The Unz Review • October 22, 2018 • 10,300 Words
Racial Politics in America and in California
The Unz Review • November 12, 2018 • 7,400 Words
An Open Letter to the “Alt-Right” and Others
The Unz Review • December 24, 2018 • 2,000 Words
Immigration, Building a Wall, and Hispanic Crime
The Unz Review • January 14, 2019 • 5,800 Words
The Political Bankruptcy of American White Nationalism
The Unz Review • July 27, 2020 • 3,400 Words
Will California Restore Affirmative Action?
The Unz Review • September 18, 2020 • 1,400 Words
White Racialism in America, Then and Now
The Unz Review • October 5, 2020 • 24,900 Words

ECONOMICS AND FINANCE

Trade Disaster Deferred
The Sacramento Bee • July 9, 1995 • 900 Words
Taking Stock
The Los Angeles Times • August 25, 2002 • 900 Words
China’s Rise, America’s Fall
The American Conservative • April 17, 2012 • 6,600 Words
Raising American Wages…By Raising American Wages
The New America Foundation • November 15, 2012 • 3,900 Words
Paying Tuition to a Giant Hedge Fund
The American Conservative • December 4, 2012 • 1,300 Words
No Immigration Amnesty Without a Minimum Wage Hike
Salon • May 18, 2013 • 700 Words
NR on TNR on Unz on Minimum Wage/Immigration
The Unz Review • July 1, 2013 • 1,700 Words
Open Borders, American Elites, and the Minimum Wage
The Unz Review • November 11, 2013 • 1,700 Words
A \$12 Minimum Wage: Transforming Policy Idea into Political Reality
The Unz Review • December 4, 2013 • 2,500 Words
Raise the Minimum Wage to \$12 an Hour
The New York Times • December 5, 2013 • 600 Words
Conservatives for More Welfare
The Unz Review • December 30, 2013 • 1,000 Words
How California Can Raise All Boats
The Los Angeles Times • January 5, 2014 • 900 Words
Rightwingers for Higher Wages
The Unz Review • January 9, 2014 • 1,800 Words
The Minimum Wage and Illegal Immigration
The Unz Review • January 22, 2014 • 1,600 Words
Higher Minimum Wage Would Help Immigrants, Taxpayers
The San Jose Mercury News • February 2, 2014 • 600 Words
Raising the Minimum Wage Isn’t an “Anti-Immigrant” Idea
The Unz Review • February 2, 2014 • 1,600 Words
The Conservative Case for a Higher Minimum Wage
Fox & Hounds Daily • February 3, 2014 • 1,200 Words
What’s Good for America Is Good for Wal-Mart, and Vice-Versa
Forbes • February 11, 2014 • 1,100 Words
Should We Cut the Minimum Wage?
The Unz Review • February 18, 2014 • 1,400 Words
Walmart, Peter Thiel, the Weekly Standard, and Other Dog-Biters
The Unz Review • February 26, 2014 • 1,300 Words
Understanding the CBO Analysis of a Minimum Wage Hike
The Unz Review • March 10, 2014 • 1,700 Words
The Huge Economic Productivity of Divine Monarchs
The Unz Review • April 15, 2014 • 1,600 Words
Our Elite Colleges Should Abolish Tuition
The New York Times • March 30, 2015 • 500 Words
Meritocracy: How Harvard Currently Soaks the Rich…Such as NYC Public Schoolteachers
The Unz Review • February 4, 2016 • 2,300 Words
Meritocracy: Harvard PR vs. Factual Reality
The Unz Review • February 15, 2016 • 1,200
Solving Silicon Valley’s Immigration Problem
The San Jose Mercury News • May 12, 2016 • 600 Words

MEDIA AND REALITY

Far East
The Economist (Letters) • May 3, 1986 • 500 Words
Why Books Matter
Unpublished • June 1, 2000 • 800 Words
The Life and Legacy of Lt. Gen. William Odom
The American Conservative • September 8, 2008 • 2,500 Words
Was Rambo Right?
The American Conservative • May 25, 2010 • 1,300 Words
Chinese Melamine and American Vioxx: A Comparison
The American Conservative • April 17, 2012 • 1,800 Words
The Long Decline of the London Economist
The American Conservative • April 27, 2012 • 1,900 Words
Buckley’s Unlikely Heir
The American Conservative • August 23, 2012 • 1,100 Words
Two Cheers for Heresy on Global Warming
The American Conservative • September 24, 2012 • 1,200 Words
Our American Pravda
The American Conservative • April 29, 2013 • 4,500 Words
John McCain: When “Tokyo Rose” Ran for President
The Unz Review • March 9, 2015 • 4,200 Words
Why The American Conservative Purged Its Own Publisher
The Unz Review • May 29, 2018 • 5,800 Words
What Google and Facebook Are Hiding
The Unz Review • May 24, 2020 • 3,400 Words
Ideological Purges and the Lord Voldemort Effect
The Unz Review • July 14, 2020 • 3,800 Words
Google and the John McCain Cover-Up
The Unz Review • August 6, 2020 • 1,800 Words
Half a Pulitzer Prize to the Wall Street Journal
The Unz Review • August 23, 2020 • 1,800 Words
31,000 Words Missing from The Atlantic and The New York Times Sunday Magazine
The Unz Review • September 9, 2020 • 2,900 Words
Glenn Greenwald Escapes His \$100 Million Webzine
The Unz Review • November 1, 2020 • 2,700 Words

IDEOLOGY AND POLITICS

The Goldwater Papers
The California Political Review • May 1993 • 1,400 Words
The Horcher Affair
Unpublished • December 1994 • 800 Words
Educational Nonsense and Vouchers
The Sacramento Bee • January 3, 1999 • 1,700 Words
Voucher Veto
The Nation • May 3, 1999 • 1,100 Words
Federalism vs. Roe vs. Wade
The Wall Street Journal • June 16, 1999 • 800 Words
California Republicans as the Party of the Poor
The Sacramento Bee • August 22, 1999 • 1,000 Words
Politics Is Up for Sale in California
The Los Angeles Times • August 26, 1999 • 800 Words
Too Many Guns and Too Many Gun Laws
Unpublished • September 1, 1999 • 800 Words
Gay Marriages Today, Polygamy Tomorrow?
The San Francisco Chronicle • October 8, 1999 • 800 Words
McCain-Feingold Loses; There is an Alternative
The Wall Street Journal • October 20, 1999 • 800 Words
Democrats’ Double Standard on Campaign Reform
The New York Times • March 10, 2000 • 600 Words
High Noon for Vouchers
National Review • June 20, 2000 • 1,600 Words
Dishonest Campaign Reform Is Worse Than None
The Los Angeles Times • October 1, 2000 • 800 Words
Darwinian Evolution
The American Spectator (Letters) • February 2001 • 300 Words
Ballots for Dollars
National Review • February 27, 2001 • 600 Words
The Conservative Monkey Wars Revisited
Unpublished • March 1, 2001 • 1,200 Words
How I Made Mitt
The American Conservative • June 26, 2012 • 1,000 Words
The Government Employee Who May Have Saved a Million American Lives
The Unz Review • March 30, 2020 • 1,800 Words
American Pravda: Our Disputed Election
The Unz Review • January 14, 2021 • 1,900 Words

FOREIGN POLICY AND NATIONAL SECURITY

Avoiding a New Cold War with China
AsianWeek • June 24, 1999 • 700 Words
Patriotism and Idiocy
The New Republic (Letters) • November 26, 2001 • 300 Words
Rounding Up Arabs, Blacks, and Jews
Salon • December 6, 2001 • 1,100 Words
Israel’s Future: Kachism or Nothing
Commentary Magazine (Letters) • January 2002 • 600 Words
Sharonism vs. Building a Wall
The Sacramento Bee • April 28, 2002 • 1,600 Words
30,000 American Dead in Iraq….Noooo Problem!!!
LewRockwell • April 13, 2004 • 500 Words
The Torricelli Precedent
LewRockwell • April 15, 2004 • 600 Words
Bananas and Republics
LewRockwell • May 14, 2004 • 400 Words
If You Can’t Trust Chalabi-the-Thief, Whom Can You Trust?
LewRockwell • May 24, 2004 • 700 Words
Averting World Conflict with China
The Unz Review • December 13, 2018 • 1,800 Words

CLASSICAL HISTORY

The Surplus of the Athenian Phoros
Greek, Roman, and Byzantine Studies • Spring 1985 • 10,400 Words
Alexander’s Brothers?
The Journal of Hellenic Studies • November 1985 • 2,700 Words
The Chronology of the Elean War
Greek, Roman, and Byzantine Studies • Spring 1986 • 6,200 Words
The Chronology of the Pentekontaetia
Classical Quarterly • May 1986 • 10,800 Words

THEORETICAL PHYSICS

Unorthodox Curvature Interactions, Black Holes, and Inflation
Physical Review D • December 15, 1984 • 5,800 Words

MERITOCRACY QUANTITATIVE APPENDICES

The American Conservative • November 21, 2012 • 6,400 Words
Appendix A: Estimates of American Jewish Population
Appendix B: Distribution of American Racial/Ethnic Groups
Appendix C: Racial/Ethnic Enrollments at Elite Universities
Appendix D: Jewish Enrollments at Elite Universities
Appendix E: Estimated Distribution of NMS Semifinalists
Appendix F: Winners of Leading Academic Competitions
Appendix G: Harvard College Phi Beta Kappa Inductees
Appendix H: Relative Enrollments at Elite Universities

 
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