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From the NYT:

‘Lopping,’ ‘Tips’ and the ‘Z-List’: Bias Lawsuit Explores Harvard’s Admissions Secrets

By Anemona Hartocollis, Amy Harmon and Mitch Smith
July 29, 2018

He had perfect scores — on his SAT, on three SAT subject tests and on nine Advanced Placement exams — and was ranked first in his high school class of 592. An admissions officer who reviewed his application to Harvard called him “the proverbial picket fence,” the embodiment of the American dream, saying, “Someone we’ll fight over w/ Princeton, I’d guess.”

But in the end, the student was wait-listed and did not get in.

And, no surprise, he was Asian.

… In Friday’s filing, Harvard countered with examples of its positive assessments of applicants of Nepalese, Tibetan, Vietnamese and Indian descent, who were described with words like “deserving,” “fascinating” and “Tug for BG,” an abbreviation for background. None of the examples the university gave appeared to be of applicants of Chinese or Korean background. …

Mr. Hughes, the former Harvard admissions officer, who is now a college admissions consultant, said he warned students of the long odds of getting in for upper- and middle-class applicants, many of whom are white and Asian.

“You don’t have first-gen. You don’t have son of a police officer. You don’t have the immigrant story, or the poor immigrant story, that captivates private colleges and universities,” Mr. Hughes said he told his clients. “So those kids just have to be stronger and better.”

This article notes some inner circle jargon, but it’s lacking in statistical analysis. At least in the 1970s, Harvard invested heavily in statistical modeling of its admission process and its fundraising process, as documented in Klitgaard’s 1985 book Choosing Elites.

It’s pretty obvious that Harvard in 2018 tends to view Asian applicants the way it viewed Jewish applicants in 1918: as tending to be smart and hardworking, but in such overabundance that they threaten to inundate the place and detract from the immense glamor of the Harvard brand. This is widely denounced today as the Third Worst Thing in History, after Hitler and the 1924 Immigration Act.

But Harvard’s worry a century ago was that it would get so popular with Jews that Jews wouldn’t go there anymore.

In 1922, Harvard made some changes to its admissions procedures that had disparate impact on Jewish immigrants. It’s likely that contemporary Harvard, with 2 of its last 3 presidents being Jewish, feels much the same about Asians and would prefer to not turn into UC Irvine. And, I bet if you got a lot of Asian Harvard students and grads to tell you the truth, they would probably agree that they are glad Harvard isn’t Stuyvesant HS.

My heretical opinion is that the people running Harvard for the last century have done a pretty good job of self-interested brand management in maintaining the value of the Harvard brand.

 
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  1. This is widely denounced today as the Third Worst Thing in History, after Hitler and the 1924 Immigration Act.

    What about the Golfocaust?

  2. One thing about Harvard that should turn some people off: It is now a cliché among strivers and nouveau anybodies. No wonder Asian people just want to go there so bad. They are predictable.

    People who don’t know anything about higher education or careers or much of anything just know that Hahvahd is the best place to go to college.

    It’s like when Rolls-Royce was “The Best Car in the World” even though it wasn’t and isn’t.

    Sure Harvard is great. It just isn’t the only place. What it is now is a self-fulfilling prophesy — because yes, it “creates” elites. The reason you go is not to learn but to join the club of assholes who run our country.

  3. peterike says:

    with examples of its positive assessments of applicants of Nepalese, Tibetan, Vietnamese and Indian descent, who were described with words like “deserving,” “fascinating” and “Tug for BG,” an abbreviation for background.

    It’s all creepily fetishized, isn’t it?

    • Agree: 27 year old
    • Replies: @stillCARealist
    , @Twinkie
  4. In 1922, Harvard made some changes to its admissions procedures that had disparate impact on Jewish immigrants. It’s likely that contemporary Harvard, with 2 of its last presidents being Jewish, would prefer to not turn into UC Irvine.

    I think it’s more likely they would like to keep Harvard(and Yale, and the state department, and on and on) Jewish. -Jewish as in the dominant, controlling ethnic group. WASPs were stupid enough to “play fair” and give East European Jews access to power. that group said ‘thanks, sucker” and never looked back.

    • Replies: @Anon
    , @Duke of Qin
    , @Anonymous
  5. @Buzz Mohawk

    What about it? Just learn the right shibboleths and you’re in.

  6. Forbes says:

    I’m in the camp that says Harvard (or any other private college) should admit whomever they choose. Admissions is clearly subjective. Life isn’t fair–it won’t ever be fair–and the Board of Trustees and the University management have an institution to run in perpetuity.

    Assuming half Harvard’s applicants are qualified to attend, there’s plenty of disappointment to go around–and plenty of other schools that would gladly have them attend. I’ve personally never been over-awed by Harvard graduates–who seem, principally, to be overly impressed with their own smug arrogance. YMMV.

  7. Tyrion 2 says: • Website

    This is similar to how the housemasters at various expensive boarding school in England think. Each house, nevermind school, ends ups as a slightly variable microcosm of this thinking.

    For example, at first they hugely welcomed the exotic and very wealthy oligarch’s children from the third world, especially East Asia. The schools began to compete on services and the prices shot up.

    Then, the numbers became so large that they detracted from what an English boarding school was supposed to mean. The response was to implement new types of entrance and scholarships that were clearly aimed at genuine British middle class children whom they missed.

    It has long been the case that the appeal of expensive British schools was known to be in who your fellow students were and not in the quality of the teaching or facilities (both of which used to be extremely variable.)

    In this case, parents greatly appreciated a sample of diversity.

    The problem for US colleges, I imagine, is that now there is no answer as to who the typical “you” is, so the intake can no longer be designed with any specific customer profile in mind.

    There is no normative default.

    • Replies: @Anonymous
    , @DFH
    , @slumber_j
  8. Karl says:
    @Buzz Mohawk

    2 Buzz Mohawk > It’s like when Rolls-Royce was “The Best Car in the World” even though it wasn’t and isn’t.

    i see people on the internet saying that – yeah, Rolex’s are not bad at all, but – a Rolex is more hat than it is cattle.

    > Sure Harvard is great. It just isn’t the only place. What it is now is a self-fulfilling prophesy — because yes, it “creates” elites.

    Only because dull-witted people believe it. Ok, so let THEM hire Malia Obama.

    Or, smart people who ===don’t=== especially believe it, but who have built THEIR OWN brand in playing with Harvard’s brand. Like (say for example) iSteve.

    i’m a nice guy who has a rice bowl of my own, so i’m not going to attack iSteve for doing what he’s got to do, to give his wife a new kitchen.

    What I will never do, is hire anyone who came out of Harvard. My own little BDS campaign.

    It ===does=== take two to tango, Buzz

    • Replies: @Anon
  9. Harvard invested heavily in statistical modeling of its admission process and its fundraising process, as documented in Klitgaard’s 1985 book Choosing Elites.

    Anyone here remember that ’80s lesbian cop show Klitgaard & Kawkblawk ?

  10. @Buzz Mohawk

    Sure Harvard is great. It just isn’t the only place. What it is now is a self-fulfilling prophesy — because yes, it “creates” elites. The reason you go is not to learn but to join the club of assholes who run our country.

    No, that would be Yale.

    prophesy

    That’s a verb. You mean the noun, “prophecy”. Didn’t they teach you that at Tufts?

    • Replies: @Buzz Mohawk
  11. Anon[368] • Disclaimer says:

    Three bylines, one contrubuting reporter, and three researchers, and not one of them Asian.I predict an intra-Times rebellion by young Asian reporters sooner or later. You know they are there after the leaked chats about the silly Bari Weiss Mirai Nagasu tweet.

    My heretical opinion is that the people running Harvard for the last century have done a pretty good job of self-interested brand management in maintaining the value of the Harvard brand.

    And this would be fine if Harvard came out and said as much, “So what? We want balance between the races and ethnicities, not too many of any one race, not pure representation by merit.” But what they say is “We do not discriminate.”

    “We do have some very affirmative goals though that I think are important to understand. That when we talk about diversity of backgrounds and experiences, it includes different academic interests. It includes different occupations of parents. It includes socioeconomic differences. It includes different viewpoints on issues.”

    Translation: “It includes iteratively searching for factors to consider that will have a disparate impact against Asians, but don’t on their face seem to be race ralated. Recently we added factors that dock applicants whose parents sell doughnuts, work in biology labs, or have pharmacy degrees.”

    From a deposition of the dean of adminssions:

    “And how would one go about getting on the dean’s interest list?” asked the lawyer, who was prone to calling it the “donor’s interest list,” in an apparent slip of the tongue.

    LOL! Apparent slip of the tongue indeed.

  12. @Buzz Mohawk

    Matthew Weiner is moving on from the relatively petty grievance of country club discrimination to the biggest grevience of them all… Tsarist Russia!

    Matter Weiner in The Hollywood Reporter:

    And I love this idea that these characters believe themselves to be, whether they are or not, descendants of this last autocratic family who are part of one of the great true crime stories of all time. I also love that it’s the chance to talk about nature versus nurture, what they have in common and what is left of a grand heritage.

    https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/matthew-weiners-amazon-series-revealed-russian-royals-mad-men-ties-50m-budget-982167

    Of course, on the meta political level, this ties in with the current Russia hysteria and the claims by some that the Trumps are America’s Romanovs.

  13. Anon[395] • Disclaimer says:

    O/T

    Sweden YES unlikely to find employment for the occupying army.

    Nordea Bank AB, whose Chief Executive Officer Casper von Koskull says his industry might only have half its current human workforce a decade from now, is cutting 6,000 of those jobs. Von Koskull says the adjustment is the only way to stay competitive in the future, with automation and robots taking over from people in everything from asset management to answering calls from retail clients.

    While many in the finance industry have struggled to digest that message, the latest set of bank results in Sweden suggests that executives in one of the planet’s most technologically advanced corners are drawing inspiration from Nordea.

    At SEB AB, CEO Johan Torgeby now says that “whatever can be automated will be automated.”

    https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-07-29/human-bankers-are-losing-to-robots-as-nordea-sets-a-new-standard

  14. Anon[257] • Disclaimer says:
    @Forbes

    There are no truly private colleges.

    Most colleges, including Harvard get government grants for useful research and all sorts of things The medical schools all get government grants Every college in the country has a department that does nothing but apply for government grants Tuition is paid by government guaranteed student loans.

    Once an organization takes a dime of government money they have to obey all the government affirmative action rules.

    Example is the Catholic colleges that had to allow gay activists to form official gay organizations because they take government money.

  15. One of the unfortunate things about how civil rights laws such desperate impact and discrimination laws have impacted the freedom of association is that it discourages whites from simply replicating what they did centuries ago by building new Universities from scratch. What is the point of investing your public tax money if you know your son or daughter will not benefit one iota. Worse, the elites that will graduate will replace you and your family. The thing about Harvard is that they are just not building any more of them.

  16. Anon[257] • Disclaimer says:
    @I, commenter

    Slight correction, they didn’t say thanks.

    My high school was about one third Jewish. From September of junior year all I heard was “ I’ll be discriminated against applying to college because I’m Jewish” boo hoo boo hoo cry the Whining Weiners.

    From about 1900 on, Jews were always way over represented at Harvard.

    • Replies: @Anonymous
  17. @WowJustWow

    Schooner is the dead giveaway. Decent people have ketches or yawls.

  18. Thomas says:

    My heretical opinion is that the people running Harvard for the last century have done a pretty good job of self-interested brand management in maintaining the value of the Harvard brand.

    Of course, the problem is that the graduates of Harvard and like institutions who populate the upper echelons of society have spent the last few decades damning as evil anyone else who was “maintaining the value” of something, whether a neighborhood or the whole country, by being similarly selective about who they wanted to admit.

  19. My heretical opinion is that the people running Harvard for the last century have done a pretty good job of self-interested brand management in maintaining the value of the Harvard brand.

    Harvard Business School, and its Review and Press, use their branding acumen on themselves first. It’s hardly a surprise to see the rest of the school benefit.

    HBS also pioneered the case method of instruction, i.e., other peoples’ trial-and-error. Their earlier, more theoretical approach, evidently bombed.

    Interestingly, one of the top names at HBS, Clayton Christensen, is a Mormon. With a Danish name, like the Skousens.

    • Replies: @WowJustWow
  20. Anon[257] • Disclaimer says:

    Asians haven’t figured out the sure fire way to get a full scholarship ride to college. It’s the poor poor pitiful me essay. My parents were boat people or coolies who arrived after 2 months locked in a container with 50 other people and a chemical toilet. They worked 100 hrs a week bd saved their pitiful wages as opened a struggling small business. From the age of 8 I worked 4o hours a week in the business.

    Athiugh my schools were 80 percent my brand of Asian there were some evil White KKK kids who were mean to me. They chased me and bullied me. My family hates me because I’m transgender I don’t plan on getting a STEM degree. I plan on majoring in grievance studies and then getting a masters in Social Justice Entrepreneurship * so I can fight for truth, justice and the destruction of the evil White race.

    I’m applying to Crazy Liberal University because of their welcoming inclusive programs for Asian girls who want to be men and marry black lesbians.

    It’s all in the essay.

    * Social Justice Entrepreneurship. Don’t laugh guys. They even have PHDs in this. It’s just poverty race war pimp grant hustling parasitism.

    • LOL: Anonym
    • Replies: @PiltdownMan
  21. Dmitry says:

    Surely allowing more Black American, Indian and Arabian students in Harvard would scare the typical middle class American parents of students applying for these universities, a lot more than allowing more Japanese or Chinese students in Harvard. Japanese and Chinese students (particularly Japanese) would only improve the atmosphere and create a more calm environment in the university.

    • Replies: @anon
  22. @Reg Cæsar

    Other institutions, like the Princeton Review, gladly ride as parasites on the reputation of unaffiliated but similarly-named Ivies. Perhaps trademark violation is the key to reducing the stranglehold that the brands of these hedge-funds-with-universities-attached have on our collective imagination.

    (Hey there, non-Ivy alma mater! It’s WJW! Give me some swag and I might donate!)

  23. Anemona Hartocollis

    I hope her condition improves.

  24. Anon[425] • Disclaimer says:

    would prefer to not turn into UC Irvine

    The main prob with UC Irvine is less ‘too many Asians’ than ‘too many less-sterling Asians’.

    At any rate, the main reason why the Right should not side with Asians is they just become toadies of Jewish Globalists. Whether it’s Zakaria, Chua, or Fukuyama, they might as well be secretaries of George Soros.

    • Replies: @Twinkie
  25. Anon[425] • Disclaimer says:

    “You don’t have first-gen. You don’t have son of a police officer. You don’t have the immigrant story, or the poor immigrant story, that captivates private colleges and universities,”

    So, Harvard favors sons of police officers? Really? That’d be surprise white conservative working class applicants with police dads.

    And aren’t Jews far removed from Immigrant Story? They seem to get in pretty easy.

  26. Anon[425] • Disclaimer says:
    @Buzz Mohawk

    People should really look at graduate schools. I think they matter far more, and Jewish enrollment in them is much higher.

    Many Harvard undergrads don’t make it to Harvard masters, let alone Harvard Ph.D.
    Many come from OTHER schools.

    So, I think Harvard uses Undergrad level as a kind of propaganda. It is intentionally made more Diverse. But at the higher levels, the better students who weren’t accepted into Harvard undergrad and attended other schools are accepted into Harvard.

    Imagine some Negro kid made it to Harvard Undergrad, while some white kid was rejected and attended Duke. But at master level, the black kid might not be accepted(or may have dropped out by then) while the white kid who attended Duke is accepted into Harvard masters or Ph.D.

    So, it seems a bunch of kids attend what are essentially shadow-harvard. They are not accepted into Harvard Undergrad but have a good chance of entering Harvard Graduate if they make the grades at the ‘lesser’ university.

    • Replies: @Peter Akuleyev
    , @res
  27. @peterike

    Nepalese? Where the heck did they find one of those? Tibetan?

    The “Indian” part is lame, though. There must be 20,000 of those applying to H every year. My guess is they have a hard quota on each ethnicity and do what it takes to hit it.

  28. Jack D says:

    There’s brand management and then there’s the law. All the stuff that Harvard is doing would be a lot less problematic if there wasn’t a 50+ year effort by the Federal government to outlaw racial discrimination. Maybe in an idea world Harvard would be a private institution and private institutions could do whatever they want, but in this world Harvard depends on massive amounts of Federal $ and is governed by Federal laws.

  29. @Reg Cæsar

    I was lucky to get into a Public Ivy after dropping out of high school.

    Thank you, Mr. Pedant.

    Speaking of Yale, I have my own story:

    After finishing up at that Public Ivy, I ended up working somewhere near Yale and knowing people associated with the Yale School of Management. They encouraged me to go get an MBA there. I was accepted.

    The price then was $85,000, but the opportunity cost was two years of lost income. (Hey look! “Opportunity cost.” There’s an economic term you might even use in business school!). Even though I could have commuted to Yale, the program was M-F daily. The real cost to me would have been between $200,000 and $300,000. Plus, to pay I would have cashed in investments that were making me money too, or taken a loan, which I have never done for school. (I worked my way through college.). I made my own business decision and decided not to go.

    We applicants were invited to a meet-and-greet at the Yale Club in Manhattan. The dean then was Jeffrey Garten, husband of the famous TV cook Ina. During the Q&A session all the questions were general except mine. I mentioned what I did and asked if I would learn anything that would help me work better in my specialty at the time, something essential to every big company that has customers.

    I will summarize Jeffery’s answer in my own words: “This is Yale. You will take the same kind of classes you would take at any other business school, but this is Yale. You will make connections because this is Yale. Did I mention this is Yale?”

    During the handshake time afterward, I was three or four people back when Jeffrey made eye contact with me. He then left before I could meet him. He probably had to get home to enjoy whatever Ina was cooking for him.

    He was very, very unimpressive. Certainly not worth two years of my life and $200,000 to $300,000 of my money.

  30. Anonymous[413] • Disclaimer says:
    @Tyrion 2

    For example, at first they hugely welcomed the exotic and very wealthy oligarch’s children from the third world, especially East Asia. The schools began to compete on services and the prices shot up.

    What does it mean to compete on services? What else would they compete on?

    Then, the numbers became so large that they detracted from what an English boarding school was supposed to mean.

    What was an English boarding school supposed to mean?

    For example, at first they hugely welcomed the exotic and very wealthy oligarch’s children from the third world, especially East Asia. The schools began to compete on services and the prices shot up.

    Then, the numbers became so large that they detracted from what an English boarding school was supposed to mean. The response was to implement new types of entrance and scholarships that were clearly aimed at genuine British middle class children whom they missed.

    In this case, parents greatly appreciated a sample of diversity

    So it was the parents pushing for diversity?

    • Replies: @Tyrion 2
  31. Twinkie says:

    It’s likely that contemporary Harvard, with 2 of its last presidents being Jewish, would prefer to not turn into UC Irvine. And, I bet if you got a lot of Asian Harvard students and grads to tell you the truth, they would probably agree that they are glad Harvard isn’t Stuyvesant HS.

    Which Stuyvesant? The one from a few decades ago when the majority of students was of the “morally superior” Jewish variety? You know, the institution that produced such world-benefitting graduates as actors, investment bankers, and politicians. Or the other one of a more recent vintage with “mindless math drones” who go on to be engineers and make stuff?

    My heretical opinion is that the people running Harvard for the last century have done a pretty good job of self-interested brand management in maintaining the value of the Harvard brand.

    Because nothing says brand like being dominated by Jewish political commissars and thought-police officers of indeterminate sexuality.

  32. Twinkie says:
    @Buzz Mohawk

    He was very, very unimpressive.

    Well, if you say so.

    Certainly not worth two years of my life and $200,000 to $300,000 of my money.

    The problem with life is that it’s often hard to run a controlled experiment. That’s a fancy way of saying “You’ll never know.”

    Public Ivy

    No such thing. The term appears to be a desperate attempt to attain reflected glory by attaching “Ivy” to something that isn’t.*

    *In case you don’t understand me, although I did graduate from Ivy League schools, I did not enjoy my experiences and will steer my children away from them (though ultimately they will decide where they will go). But these schools are what they are – a filter through which our society’s elites are selected – no matter what I think of them.

    • Replies: @Buzz Mohawk
    , @Reg Cæsar
  33. Twinkie says:
    @Buzz Mohawk

    No wonder Asian people just want to go there so bad. They are predictable.

    As opposed to the 80% of non-Asians who go to Harvard. They are so boss and unpredictable that they didn’t care at all, but got in and showed up anyway, just to show how rebellious and independent they are. And then afterwards, they are just going become plumbers and gunsmiths, because that’s just how they roll.

    Whites (Jews and non-Jews) are so anti-authoritarian that they account for the vast majority of administrators at Harvard. Because that’s what really independent people do. Take that, you predictable conformist Asians! We’ll show you just how against the Establishment we are by rejecting most of you (and “meritocracy”).

    • Replies: @Buzz Mohawk
    , @Prester John
  34. Anon[290] • Disclaimer says:

    What’s holding Asians back is the same thing that’s holding back smart white kids from the Midwest. Both of them tend to come from plain old middle class-income families, and they will need a cut in tuition from Harvard to be able to afford the place. Harvard prefers students who can pay full freight, like a Jewish kid with B grades whose dad works for Goldman Sachs, because that way Harvard doesn’t have to dip into its endowment. Also, Asians have one other big checkmark against them. They are not big donors to their alma mater after they graduate. Schools like Harvard really, really care about that. Old line WASPs used to donate, Jews donate, but Asians, not so much.

    • Replies: @Steve Sailer
  35. Twinkie says:
    @peterike

    It’s all creepily fetishized, isn’t it?

    You know what’s funny about the part you quoted?

    with examples of its positive assessments of applicants of Nepalese, Tibetan, Vietnamese and Indian descent, who were described with words like “deserving,” “fascinating” and “Tug for BG,” an abbreviation for background.

    See if you can play “Which one of these is not like the others?” game with “Nepalese, Tibetan, Vietnamese and Indian descent…”

    Here, let me help: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_ethnic_groups_in_the_United_States_by_household_income#By_ancestry

    1.Indian American : $110,026 (2016)[2]
    2.Jewish American : $90,221 (2016)[2]
    3.Filipino American : $88,745 (2016)[2]
    4.Australian American : $81,452 (2014)[3]
    5.Israeli American : $79,736 (2014)[3]

    Must be such a struggle to be from a people who have the highest median household income in the United States.

    • Replies: @Lagertha
  36. Lagertha says:

    there are no secrets. It is all obvious. The admissions staff at Harvard may be getting worried about stuff. Harvard Sucks is a meme. And, the other Ivies are next and well, over – it’s just a name.

  37. @Twinkie

    Jeffrey Garten did not impress me, and I was his prospective customer. That’s a little business lesson for you.

    The point is, Twink, some of us are rubbed the wrong way by being told that the reason we should pay for something is because of the name.

    The whole, narrow emphasis on “Ivy” schools is not good and it’s gotten worse as the country has become more and more mediocre. Those were the earliest and best colleges when our population consisted of colonists along the Eastern Seaboard. A lot has happened since then.

    I don’t know who coined the term, “Public Ivy,” — and because I went to one I am not good enough to go find out — but I agree with you the term is meaningless. It’s just that some flagship state universities are better than others, and I think that is what the author of that term meant.

    • Agree: Hibernian
    • Replies: @Twinkie
  38. Lagertha says:
    @Twinkie

    careful Twinkie. If your kids are in the application time don’t make comments (of any kind on any forum for the next 4 years), for Christ’s sake!

    • Replies: @Twinkie
    , @Lagertha
  39. @Twinkie

    Now Twink, did I limit this to Asians or did you? You are right, people in general are predictable when it comes to choosing something because of prestige.

    The focus here was on Asians and Harvard.

    However, I will argue to the edge of campus that East Asians in America concentrate on social climbing and that this is the reason they work so hard to get their little darlings into Ivy League colleges. I personally believe East Asians are indeed more conformist than round eyed slobs like us.

    • Replies: @Twinkie
  40. Twinkie says:
    @Buzz Mohawk

    Jeffrey Garten did not impress me, and I was his prospective customer. That’s a little business lesson for you.

    That’s where you were and remain confused. You weren’t his prospective customer. *He* was YOUR prospective customer. And you didn’t close the sale. Don’t let the fact that you might appear to pay him confuse you to the true nature of the hierarchy in the relationship.

    The point is, Twink, some of us are rubbed the wrong way by being told that the reason we should pay for something is because of the name.

    You only buy generic, right?

    but I agree with you the term is meaningless. It’s just that some flagship state universities are better than others

    So, the Ivies are no better than state universities, but some state universities are better than other state universities?

    This strikes me as “He who drives faster than I do is crazy, but he who drives slower is stupid” type of argument. : )

    • Replies: @Old Palo Altan
  41. @Jack D

    If you read the legal papers that both sides have put online, the Asian issue that is getting all the current publicity looks like a big nothingburger. A thousand (or several thousand) pages of depositions of Harvard admissions honchos with no indication of any specific procedure that does something worse to Asians than to whites. Statistical analysis by both sides shows only a small Asian effect once basic controls are added, of the kind that ought to show up prior to any discrimination (if any exists) being applied. First- and second- generation East Asian applicants to elite schools have very different behavior from other groups, which leads to a different (joint) distribution of academic+extracurricular+personal traits that is then revealed by the Harvard admission ratings. Harvard’s expert actually wrote, non-anonymously and in 2018, that Asian and white applicants being different (in their distribution of traits observed by the admissions office) is a simpler explanation of the data than discrimination. The Cathedral has, subtly but at long last, pushed back against the PC picture that Asian immigrants are just like everyone else.

    The plaintiffs’ black/Hispanic affirmative action data, that MSM is giving the silent treatment, is much harder for Harvard to explain away. There is some evidence that the admission rate for blacks is engineered to never go below the overall domestic admission rate, and unless Harvard can explain that away, that is close enough to a quota that all the talk of diversity and complex multifactor admission will not make it legal under existing rulings. Also the sheer magnitude of the black preference makes it hard to argue that black race per se is only “one of many factors”, it is all-important as the plaintiffs demonstrate.

    • Replies: @Twinkie
    , @res
    , @Jack D
  42. Twinkie says:
    @Buzz Mohawk

    East Asians in America concentrate on social climbing

    High IQ immigrants with low social status try to climb the social ladder through higher education? The temerity of these people. Why can’t they just stay low status like everyone else (except those on top currently), right?

    I personally believe East Asians are indeed more conformist than round eyed slobs like us.

    Totally. Northern Europeans such as Scandinavians are completely non-conformist and rebellious. After all, “Jante Law” is all about being different and rubbing other people’s noses in your uniqueness and rocking the boat: http://articles.latimes.com/1988-12-14/news/mn-278_1_welfare-state

  43. Twinkie says:
    @academic gossip

    in their distribution of traits observed by the admissions office

    “Selectively observed” you mean.

    The Cathedral has, subtly but at long last, pushed back against the PC picture that Asian immigrants are just like everyone else.

    Right. Unlike past high IQ immigrants whose scions now dominate Harvard (and calumny against whom is now a crime punished by loss of livelihood and social opprobrium), these new high IQ immigrants are totally different and not worthy.

  44. @Twinkie

    Public Ivy

    No such thing. The term appears to be a desperate attempt to attain reflected glory by attaching “Ivy” to something that isn’t.*

    Flagship state schools, especially in the big football conferences (thanks to alumni fans), have enormous endowments which move them in the direction of private schools, while the Ivies and other big-name “independent” universities get huge federal and state research grants, and their students are on the same federal loan teat as the public schools, except even more so. (Unless the public U kid is from out of state. Then it’s essentially a private school as far as he’s concerned.)

    The difference between “public” and “private” thus becomes quite murky at the top 50 or 100 schools. They’re “public-private partnerships”, the lot of them.

    (Also, they’re called “flagships” because much of the state’s local ruling class comes out of them.)

    You know what the most significant difference between the two types are? The US Supreme Court ruled that faculty at public colleges could organize, as they were workers, but those at private colleges could not, because they are management.

    This is like an optical illusion where, if you turn it one way it makes perfect sense, but turned another, it’s completely mad.

    Magic Eye administration.

    • Replies: @Twinkie
    , @Jack D
  45. That’s where you were and remain confused. You weren’t his prospective customer. *He* was YOUR prospective customer. And you didn’t close the sale. Don’t let the fact that you might appear to pay him confuse you to the true nature of the hierarchy in the relationship.

    I guess it depends on one’s personality and where one’s brass is located. I own my own business now. It was in my nature to judge Mr. Garten and his school. I was accepted. I didn’t need to close the sale; he did and he failed. I was going to be a paying customer.

    You are describing it from the perspective of someone coming on his knees. Not a very manly image.

    A college is a business and needs customers. The article we are supposedly commenting on is about Harvard’s brand management.

    • Replies: @Twinkie
    , @3g4me
  46. DFH says:
    @Tyrion 2

    Having too many Asians is only a problem for minor public schools

    • Replies: @Tyrion 2
  47. @Twinkie

    a crime punished by loss of livelihood and social opprobrium

    To fight this, you have to get yourself a seat on the Opprobriations Committee. Aka Ways-and-Meanspiritedness.

  48. Or the [Stuyvesant] of a more recent vintage with “mindless math drones” who go on to be engineers and make stuff?

    Weren’t you a humanities and business guy? You should talk to some recent-vintage engineers and mathematicians. New Stuyvesant hasn’t been producing mathematicians and physicists like it (very famously) used to, and Chinese and Korean kids from Stuyvesant or anywhere else in the US do not tend to become engineers who make stuff. Hint: software, especially in the NYC area where that means finance and media/advertising, is not making stuff. There is some over-representation of Chinese in electrical engineering, so that’s something, but the Asian PhD numbers are not impressive at all, and there is not the Asian overrepresentation that you mistakenly assume exists in make-real-stuff real engineering fields such as mechanical and chemical. Of course there are a lot of imported Asian engineers but that doesn’t say anything about the career paths of recent Stuy grads.

    • Replies: @academic gossip
    , @Twinkie
  49. “But Harvard’s worry a century ago was that it would get so popular with Jews that Jews wouldn’t go there anymore.”

    Wait, what?

    Almost like saying, “Why would any top 1%’ers ever want to live in exclusive Beverly Hills/Bel Air/West Palm Beach/the Hamptons/etc?

    That sounds along the lines of, “I wouldn’t want to get into a country club that would have me as a member”.

    Today, Harvard (as in the 1920s) remains popular with Jews and other Right Side of the Bell Curve groups. Can it be predicted that there will come a time that the most elitist brand of higher education will have a falling out with the Right Side of the Bell Curve?

    Anything’s possible, (if another brand in higher education should suddenly out of nowhere become “THE” top elite brand in all of higher education) but for now, that doesn’t seem likely. After all, it is the US’s first and oldest established university (1636).

    • Replies: @sabril
    , @Reg Cæsar
    , @Hibernian
  50. @Twinkie

    High IQ immigrants with low social status try to climb the social ladder through higher education?

    Not through higher education in this case, but via seeking the status of a college degree with a good name on it. It is the name they are after, or perhaps they just assume the brand is good.

    Yes, that is what we all do; it’s true, so I will agree to leave the East Asian variable out of this. Brands can be a sign of quality, and they are in the case of Harvard. Still, my point originally was that the reason (but not for all of them, it’s true) many students and their parents think “Harvard” then “Yale” then “Princeton” etc. when thinking about what college to go to, is the same reason aspiring people think “Trump” is something that would indicate their own success.

    See, it’s branding!

  51. Lagertha says:

    Harvard will never be able to say it accepts the most intelligent students. The fact hat they don’t know that, is well known, by now. However, most State U’s give full ride or good digs for the guys & girls they rejected….yes…men & women who are white.

    Race wars are not so effin’ crazy…but Harvard and the Ivies & Co. started it.

  52. @Twinkie

    You’re picking Scandinavians as your example of European individuality? I’m sure there is a fancy name for that deceptive trick of argumentation, picking a bad example and then using it as if it represents the whole, but I’m too poorly educated to know it. I just know it when I see it.

    Stereotypes are based in reality. Our ability to recognize patterns in people is the result of thousands of years of evolution and racial formation. East Asians are less inclined toward individuality than Europeans, but maybe your Scandinavian examples are just as conformist as Japanese. They do seem to be as clean and civilized, but they unfortunately are damn fools when it comes to looking out for the interests of their group, whereas East Asians are a virtual beehive of collective self-interest.

    Emphasis on collective.

    • Replies: @Twinkie
    , @Johann Ricke
  53. @academic gossip

    There is some over-representation of Chinese in electrical engineering, so that’s something,

    Actually I’m not even sure that’s true when considering Asian- or Chinese-Americans who attend high school in the United States (which is the population we were talking about in connection with Stuyvesant and Harvard).

  54. Twinkie says:
    @Buzz Mohawk

    I was going to be a paying customer.

    Harvard doesn’t need your money. It could finance itself with its own endowment until the end of days.

    A college is a business and needs customers.

    Harvard doesn’t need customers. Harvard IS the customer.

    • Replies: @Buzz Mohawk
    , @Autochthon
  55. Twinkie says:
    @Reg Cæsar

    The difference between “public” and “private” thus becomes quite murky at the top 50 or 100 schools. They’re “public-private partnerships”, the lot of them.

    You can say that again. And it’s been like that LONG before Asians showed up.

  56. @I, commenter

    This is basically correct. A people, practicing group strategy and ethnic nepotism, will always dominate those who don’t. The problem was never that gentiles aren’t collectivist, but rather not collectivist enough compared to the competition. Victories are won on the margins, rarely does it ever require total advantage. A few fingers on the scale here, a few there, and before you know it somehow the organization is majority Jewish.

    I think people misunderstand East Asian conformity and mistake this as collectivism. We are very much a go with the flow people that prefer following established norms wherever they exist. This isn’t collectivism though, as the “got mine, f*ck you” attitude is unfortunately extremely common among the Chinese and Koreans. True collectivism, as in “my tribe, f*ck you” is actually rare amidst the people of the Far East because those attitudes are only made possible by multi racial/cultural/religious environs where ingroup endogamy is the norm. That type of environment just doesn’t exist in the Far East or the West (before the imminvasion) but it is extremely common among the peoples of the Middle East and South Asia.

  57. @Twinkie

    No “selective observing” of the differences is required. The Asian and non-Asian distributions differ substantially, and if Harvard puts relatively more weight on the nonacademic components, which it does, that will lead to fewer Asians being admitted (even if Harvard does not know or suspect that they are Asian). If some of the components are unmeasured or mis-modeled in a statistical study, it can appear as discrimination against Asians even where none exists. Hence the plaintiff can engineer a study indicating discrimination and the defendant can, by using more variables and controls, show the opposite.

    Unlike past high IQ immigrants whose scions now dominate Harvard (and calumny against whom is now a crime punished by loss of livelihood and social opprobrium), these new high IQ immigrants are totally different and not worthy.

    Why “unlike”? Many of the same differences were also true for Jews back in the day, for the same reasons. We now have internet and statistical analysis and lots of published information, which allow discussion that was not possible back then or in the 80-90′s when the Asian admission issue first came up.

    • Replies: @Twinkie
    , @kaganovitch
    , @res
  58. El Dato says:

    OT: NUZI fan in Indana: Nazi symbols near synagogue in Indiana spark outrage, highlighting lack of a state hate crime law

    Because hate crime laws make NUZIs go away.

    Sometime before Saturday morning, unknown individual(s) spray-painted a pair of Nazi flags and iron cross graffiti on two walls of a brick shed where trash cans are stored at the property of Congregation Shaarey Tefilla in Carmel, Indiana.

    That’s convinving.

    After the synagogue notified the police about the defacement, the Jewish Community Relations Council and the Jewish Federation of Greater Indianapolis have been working to make sure that “appropriate measures” are taken following the incident.

    I hope they called a painter.

    The mind-altering symbols have now been decently covered in a tarpaulin.

  59. Twinkie says:
    @Buzz Mohawk

    You’re picking Scandinavians as your example of European individuality?

    No, sir. I am – in the Popperian manner – falsifying the notion that “East Asians are indeed more conformist than round eyed slobs.”

    Not all East Asians are the same, and not all “round eyed slobs” are the same either. It all depends on which “East Asians” and “round eyed slobs” you are talking about. For example, “round eyed slobs” from the border areas of Scotland and England were notoriously “independent” and querulous historically. So much so that their descendants in Appalachia today are the most crime- and poverty-ridden whites in America today. Meanwhile the Nordics who settled in the upper Midwest turned out to be quiet, hardworking, and economically productive and, yes, very conformist.

    Look, I agree that – in general – East Asians are probably more conformist than some populations groups. But it remains to be examined how much of that is based on environment (e.g. colder climate, high population density, degree of isolation, presence or lack of physio-topographic barriers that separate people, etc.) that is shared by certain European populations and not with others. I supposed that would answer why some European populations are FAR more conformist than others and why the same European population is more conformist in one era than in another.

    Much of the cult of the rugged individualism that permeates white Americans is not so much European in nature, but a uniquely American phenomenon, which likely argues for some contingent historical factors that are, again, unique to the formation of the American society.

    Stereotypes are based in reality.

    Nope. SOME stereotypes are based in reality. There are stereotypes that are simply incorrect by all objective measures. That’s because stereotypes are not some sort of magic that accurately captures reality. They could be based on enduring observations, but they could also be based on temporary phenomena that have long ceased to be (but congealed in the minds of the people from the past). To wit: http://london.sonoma.edu/Writings/Revolution/yellow.html

    The Korean is the perfect type of inefficiency — of utter worthlessness.

    A stereotype from the days when Koreans were poor, uneducated, and under the boot of the neighboring powers. I suppose the Western equivalent of that would be that of the “dirty, ignorant, immoral, and diseased Irish.” But look at the Irish now – higher GDP per capita than their erstwhile overlords and betters, the United Kingdom.

    They do seem to be as clean and civilized, but they unfortunately are damn fools when it comes to looking out for the interests of their group, whereas East Asians are a virtual beehive of collective self-interest.

    Er, no. Scandinavians are far more socially cohesive, egalitarian, and communitarian than, say, Koreans are. There is no Scandinavian equivalent to the joke “Two Koreans, three churches.” Contrary to your claims of “East Asian… beehive of collective self-interest,” there is intense intra-East Asian competition and conflict. They are only the mindless, monolithic Borg in YOUR mind.

  60. @Anon

    Harvard prefers students who can pay full freight

    Less so than most colleges. Harvard has a gigantic endowment, so tuition is a smaller % of their budget than at most places. The ultraelite colleges give more generous financial aid than many colleges.

    What Harvard is looking for, in contrast, is somebody who might donate six, seven, or eight figures in 40 years.

  61. Twinkie says:
    @academic gossip

    Weren’t you a humanities and business guy?

    I studied and taught military history and then later worked in counter-terrorism. I am not a “business guy” though my wife and I eventually did start a small business and sold it to a large corporation, affording us a comfortable retirement.

    the Asian PhD numbers are not impressive at all, and there is not the Asian overrepresentation that you mistakenly assume exists in make-real-stuff real engineering fields such as mechanical and chemical.

    1. I don’t know what your definition of “not impressive” means – because “impressive” is usually not an objective quality and is infused more with “what I like” and “what I don’t like” than actual measures of efficacy in real life.

    2. Please do provide some data on “not the Asian overrepresentation that [I] mistakenly assume.”

    3. Electrical and computer engineering is not about making real stuff?

    • Replies: @academic gossip
  62. Twinkie says:
    @Steve Sailer

    What Harvard is looking for, in contrast, is somebody who might donate six, seven, or eight figures in 40 years.

    Like this guy: https://money.cnn.com/2014/09/08/news/harvard-donation/index.html

    With an English name like Gerald (Chan), he is, clearly, is not East Asian. Probably some European tai-pan masquerading as a Chinaman.

    And of course, forget China let alone all of East Asia – Hong Kong alone accounts for only 17% of the total worldwide donations to American Universities. So, clearly, those stingy Asians deserve to be underrated as future donors.

  63. Twinkie says:
    @academic gossip

    No “selective observing” of the differences is required.

    You can continue that argument with Jack D: http://www.unz.com/isteve/nyc-schools-the-white-menace-vs-the-asian-ho-hum/#comment-2435643

    • Replies: @academic gossip
  64. Tyrion 2 says: • Website
    @Anonymous

    The primary benefit of the English public school after the introduction of schooling for all was in who your classmates would be. That is what they competed on. Certainly not facilities or food or other services. All of which could be awful.

    So it was the parents pushing for diversity?

    Naturally a parent would, given a choice for their child to live in a house with 15 other English upper-middle class children or 13 other English upper-middle class children plus a Hong Kong tycoon’s child and a Nigerian leading businessman’s child, plump for the latter.

    If you have realistic desires for your child to be an international success in whatever they do then this only makes sense.

    Of course, there are swiftly diminishing returns to this. Also, what Hong Kong tycoon wants to send their kid to England to be educated with few English people?

  65. Twinkie says:
    @Lagertha

    careful Twinkie. If your kids are in the application time don’t make comments (of any kind on any forum for the next 4 years), for Christ’s sake!

    I. Do. Not. Care.

    My sons are likely headed to the service academies and my daughters to Christian/Great Books curriculum colleges. You know, colleges with rules such as this: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thomas_Aquinas_College

    Men’s and women’s residence halls are off-limits to members of the opposite sex.

    • Replies: @Silva
    , @Old Palo Altan
  66. Tyrion 2 says: • Website
    @DFH

    For some minor public school it is a huge problem that they’ve spent huge resources to try to escape.

    Nonetheless, the revamping of the scholarship system to re-allow the native middle class entry (the traditional major public school entrant) is pretty obvious.

  67. @Twinkie

    The NSF has annual data on Doctorates Awarded in different fields. It does not resemble Stuyvesant’s demographics, other than having a very small number of blacks.

    I said that software engineering (not electrical engineering) fails to “make real stuff”. It’s the equivalent of law school for people who can do math: a way for relatively bright people to learn how to earn a living, without having to ever get their hands dirty.

    • Replies: @Twinkie
  68. Twinkie says:
    @Anon

    The main prob with UC Irvine is less ‘too many Asians’ than ‘too many less-sterling Asians’.

    Yes.

    At any rate, the main reason why the Right should not side with Asians is they just become toadies of Jewish Globalists. Whether it’s Zakaria, Chua, or Fukuyama, they might as well be secretaries of George Soros.

    You are so right. These immigrants – who show up in a new country where they have low status – should immediately start attacking the people in power. Then – and only then – should they be allowed to be junior partners in a white-led Coalition of the Core.

    • Replies: @Anon
  69. JimB says:

    I dunno about Harvard’s brand management in the 21st century. Essentially, they have trashed their reputation as a liberal arts school with affirmative action hires and a gutted curriculum in humanities. Sure, they pump out a lot of social justice trolls, but are they still pumping out future internet billionaires or Supreme Court Justices? Time will tell, I suppose. In terms of academic rigor, Harvard ranks 25 according to Business Insider; MIT Ranks 1 and U Chicago ranks 2. Chicago is now at the top of the Liberal Arts heap and has worked their way up from top 10 to top 3 in the last decade, despite the harsh weather and crap neighborhood. Their secret sauce has been a level of academic integrity unsurpassed by any Ivy League school.

    • Replies: @Peter Akuleyev
    , @GU
  70. @Twinkie

    If I am paying, I am the customer — if not the boss.

    I was referring to Yale SOM, BTW, not Harvard. Don’t people with Ivy degrees have long attention spans? Yale SOM may not need the money either, but it is not at the top of the list, so it does need to attract good students with promising futures. It is in competition with other B schools. Those same students have other opportunities. This isn’t the best analogy with undergraduate admissions, so let’s drop it.

    Ivy League, Inc. thanks you for your service in upholding their brand. You have served your customer well — in the perverse, upside-down relationship you just described.

    • Replies: @Twinkie
  71. Anonymous[337] • Disclaimer says:

    It’s pretty obvious that Harvard in 2018 tends to view Asian applicants the way it viewed Jewish applicants in 1918: as tending to be smart and hardworking, but in such overabundance that they threaten to inundate the place and detract from the immense glamor of the Harvard brand.

    Karabel puts Jewish enrollment at Harvard at 30% seven years later, in 1925. Even if Jews and Asians tend to be “smart and hardworking” that doesn’t mean that any college cannot instead strive to select for leadership qualities and matters of character. Character–that word (like ‘morality’) which has now become an epithet, which should tell you something.

  72. Twinkie says:
    @Duke of Qin

    This isn’t collectivism though, as the “got mine, f*ck you” attitude is unfortunately extremely common among the Chinese and Koreans.

    Much of what you say rings true. However, things are changing – for better or worse – in East Asia.

    For example, this used to not happen in South Korea: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kWW4xzlrOWQ

    But now, in Seoul, you can leave your stuff (iPad, wallet, etc.) on a coffee shop table and leave for an hour and return and still find your items there. Foreigners – including those from prosperous Western countries – in South Korea often find this quite remarkable and unimaginable in their home countries.

    Some people also ran the “a child collapses in public” experiment in South Korea. Interestingly, younger generation people walking by almost uniformly tried to help a strange child in distress whereas the older generation was more likely to walk by (“not my business”). The same result was obtained with another experiment in which an unattended table was left in public with “free gifts” and asking for a small donation in return – again, younger Koreans generally deposited donations, but older ones were more likely to not give any and even grab more than one item!

    This kind of high civic-minded culture is less established in China than in South Korea for obvious reasons, but I suspect it is likely that the Chinese will catch up to the Koreans if their standards of living climb near to that of the latter.

    • Replies: @Cowboy Shaw
    , @Desiderius
  73. Twinkie says:
    @academic gossip

    It does not resemble Stuyvesant’s demographics, other than having a very small number of blacks.

    Link, please.

    • Replies: @res
  74. Anon[323] • Disclaimer says:
    @Twinkie

    These immigrants – who show up in a new country where they have low status – should immediately start attacking the people in power

    That’s what John Wayne would do.

    Also, these are not low-status folks coming to build railroads. They are native upper middle class(or even upper class as in case of Zakaria) coming to suck up to the globo-homo elites to crush the native white folks. Unforgivable.

    • Replies: @Twinkie
  75. @Twinkie

    I already answered that post. Nobody at that thread or in this one has pointed out anything wrong with my (more or less obvious to cognoscenti, once stated) take on the statistical issues in the Harvard Asian lawsuit.

    Again, I’m asserting that the Asian issue is a nothingburger on its merits, barring some incriminating evidence that was left out of the summary judgement pleadings. And that if affirmative action for blacks is allowed to be litigated in this case, Harvard will have a harder time defending against some of the allegations on that, such as the black admission rate having to be at least as high as the overall domestic rate of admission.

    • Replies: @Twinkie
    , @res
    , @Jack D
  76. Twinkie says:
    @Buzz Mohawk

    If I am paying, I am the customer — if not the boss.

    That’s true only when the power relationship is equal or nearly so.

    Ivy League, Inc. thanks you for your service in upholding their brand. You have served your customer well — in the perverse, upside-down relationship you just described.

    You misunderstand me. What I describe is the actual social condition as it exists, not as I or you would have it.

    I don’t have a high regard for Harvard, Yale, or any other Ivy, including my almae matres. Again, I will steer my own children away from them. But no matter what you and I might think of them, in the objective sense of hierarchical relationships in America as they exist today, these institutions select you (in the generic sense of that pronoun). You don’t select them.

    Saying things like “I am better than they are – I didn’t need them to succeed” might be true in individual cases, but sometimes come off like posturing and a type of virtue signaling as much as those who worship the brands… just like if you try too hard to be a rebel, you are not actually rebellious, but are simply slavish to the other side.

    • Replies: @Buzz Mohawk
    , @res
  77. Sippytai says:

    I think there’s a Seinfeld episode hidden in this:

    “The Harvard Nazi”

    Asian Boy: Please! Please, I beg of you!

    Harvard Nazi: No admission for YOU!!!

  78. @Buzz Mohawk

    whereas East Asians are a virtual beehive of collective self-interest.

    That doesn’t sound right. If you look at the Chinese market for smartphones, for instance, you’ll see that it is the scene of an intense knock-down, drag-out fight over price, features and market share during which a several big players have already gone out of business, owing billions to creditors. It is this harsh dog-eat-dog competition that poses a long-term threat to American corporations, not the cozy oligopolistic industrial culture of South Korea. In my opinion, Coag, who comments here every so often, has gotten this much right:

    The most striking feature of Chinese society may be its homogeneity but the corollary is that in China everyone thinks he can be the emperor and that the emperor is no better/smarter/wiser than him. This idea is inalienable from Chinese society and indeed quasi-sanctified— the founders of the Han and Ming dynasties was a peasant and a street beggar, respectively, who fought their ways to the top. This well-established career of peasant class warrior was played to great advantage by Mao. Its whole 2000-year tradition is a perpetual source of social instability during times of economic crisis or decline.

    China is a unified empire instead of a motley collection of independent nations like Europe because every man wants to be emperor. Of the whole enchilada. It’s not that independent nations did not exist in Northeast Asia. The issue is that alliances did not stand long enough for nations to endure. It was always every man for himself. And this definitely goes against the idea that they are conformists. I’d say they’re atomistic, but at the level of the family and close friends. They go along when they have to, because no one wants to die to make somebody else emperor.

  79. Anon[323] • Disclaimer says:
    @Twinkie

    Look, I agree that – in general – East Asians are probably more conformist than some populations groups.

    Europeans can be conformist too. The real difference is Asians tend to be more SERVILE. One can be corformist and still stand upright, like the Prussians. Japanese, in contrast, bowed before authority.
    Asians tend to be servile to power before principle, whereas Nordics tend to adhere/conform to principles(even bad ones as in the present) than to mere power.

  80. @Sippytai

    It’s actually somewhat ironic that your humor is more accurate than you know. Harvard (and most institutions) does discriminate against “Asian” boys in particular. “Asian” of course is a meaningless catch all phrase that serves to obfuscate. What is actually going on is massive systemic bias against Chinese and Korean men that is lessened by lumping them into a broader “Asian” category and further hidden by the fact that the women are much less discriminated against.

  81. @Anon

    Asians haven’t figured out the sure fire way to get a full scholarship ride to college

    This is unlikely, given that Asians have mastered the nuances of the rest of the college admissions process.

    Most college admissions decisions are “needs-blind” but pedigree does matter, in that both legacy relationships, as well as the applicant’s parents job titles and places of work, as well as colleges attended, are disclosed.

    The financial aid decision is a dual process, and is first filtered through the Federal Student Aid form process, before the individual college financial aid decision is made, through a parallel financial aid application. The amount of financial disclosure is very, very detailed, and fraud is discouraged by having the information go to the federal government first. Fibbing on a federal student aid application is a crime.

    What is opaque is whether the financial aid decision makers at the college level look at the admissions application essay and parent information on the admissions application form for further indications of hardship, if any. Having been through the process, I suspect that financial aid is entirely a function of current income and current assets, both the parents’ and the student’s.

  82. @Twinkie

    Your points are well put and appreciated. However, I am not saying, “I am better than they are — I didn’t need them to succeed.” I am saying, “It was my money and my time — It was my choice what to do with it.”

    Aren’t top schools in competition with each other for the best students? (I was by no means one, BTW.)

    Funny little anecdote: I sat in on a class then at Yale SOM, accounting I think. The professor was having a hard time making the projection system work. Finally he gave up and said to the class, “You guys are paying $85,000 for this?” According to the CPI, which lowballs inflation, that would be about $150,000 today. He had a point.

    Students are increasingly going to have to carefully decide if they are making a good investment, wherever they go to school.

    • Replies: @Twinkie
  83. eah says:

    OT (an example of the BBC’s “brand management”)

    • Replies: @eah
    , @Steve Sailer
  84. @Johann Ricke

    That’s interesting. I’m learning here that “collective” is the wrong term for East Asians. However, how do you explain their group attitude, the way they identify as a group, say Han Chinese or just Chinese, no matter where they are? Don’t they see themselves as a team of sorts, and to hell with everybody else? Isn’t a Chinese person considered to belong to China, no matter where he lives?

    There is plenty of originality among members of the European race, but they sure could use some of that Chinese team sense of belonging. If they did, maybe the EU would have actually served Europe and maybe American immigration laws and actions would actually serve American citizens.

    All those wanna be emperors seem to serve the collective interests of China pretty well.

    Hey, didn’t they say one consequence of the one-child policy was that it would create a nation of little emperors, because of all the only-children?

  85. eah says:
    @eah

    Trudeauland aka Canada:

  86. @Buzz Mohawk

    Again you are mistaking state nationalism with community tribalism. What the Chinese possess, thanks to the 20th century government educational policies, is a strong nationalist impulse. It is not however a natural impulse that rose organically but rather was the result of explicit government educational policy, thus it does not last a single generation if that, when divorced from its roots. What the Europeans used to possess, in the 19th century was a similar nationalism fostered by new governments centralizing power and thus wanting more control over it’s people. Another Unz commenter whose name I cannot recall at the moment quoted a 19th century Russian liberal Alexander Herzen, in describing the Germans.

    “The cruder sort of German boasts of German might, but really means is that the German Emperor is mighty and can crush you, just as he has done to the German people on numerous occassions.”

    Europeans no longer have this sense of belonging because European vassal states, living under American hegemony, are not allowed to execute policies promoting such nationalism.

  87. Dave Pinsen says: • Website
    @Duke of Qin

    I think people misunderstand East Asian conformity and mistake this as collectivism. We are very much a go with the flow people that prefer following established norms wherever they exist. This isn’t collectivism though, as the “got mine, f*ck you” attitude is unfortunately extremely common among the Chinese and Koreans. True collectivism, as in “my tribe, f*ck you” is actually rare amidst the people of the Far East because those attitudes are only made possible by multi racial/cultural/religious environs where ingroup endogamy is the norm.

    Didn’t Chinese civilization emerge from ancient tribes unifying to tame the Yellow River? Flood management/irrigation on that scale is obviously collectivist, and led to hugely productive agriculture which is why there are so many Chinese today. A “got mine, f*ck you” people would have never developed China in the first place. This attitude sounds like a modern aberration from collectivism.

    • Replies: @Duke of Qin
  88. Twinkie says:
    @Anon

    That’s what John Wayne would do.

    No, he wouldn’t. Don’t confuse his movie characters with the man in reality.

    Also, these are not low-status folks coming to build railroads. They are native upper middle class(or even upper class as in case of Zakaria) coming to suck up to the globo-homo elites to crush the native white folks. Unforgivable.

    It doesn’t matter if they are upper middle class in their home countries. East Asians who come to the U.S. generally (especially initially) have relatively low social status in the U.S.

    And they are not coming here “to crush the native white folks” given their intermarriage rates with the said “native white folks.”

    • Replies: @Autochthon
  89. Twinkie says:
    @academic gossip

    more or less obvious to cognoscenti, once stated

    Of which you are one, of course. Unlike that idiot Steve Hsu who – as you wrote – only knows math that has been taught to physicists.

    I’m asserting that the Asian issue is a nothingburger on its merits

    Yes you do. You assert a lot.

    • Agree: res
  90. A comparison to the Ferrari automobile brand might be relevant:

    It is well-known that for many many years Ferrari has limited its production in order to maintain the exclusivity of its product. They could build a lot more Ferraris, and those all would be as great as the ones they do build, but then there would be more Ferraris on the road and the brand would be less exclusive.

    Furthermore, there are other great sports and GT cars that are manufactured in greater numbers and available at lower prices. Porsches can run with Ferraris, even kick their asses, and they will not break as easily. Okay, maybe they’re not as pretty. The German car, while not cheap, costs far less than the Italian. It is not as exclusive. If you live in the right neighborhood, you will see all kinds of Porsches and pay little attention to them, but you will turn your head when a Ferrari goes by.

    Ferrari also has historically wooed famous customers and cultivated its relationships with them. At the same time, the maker is well-known for being snotty and snobby toward first-time buyers who are just people with money. It is like the reversed customer-business relationship attributed here to Ivy League colleges and applicants/students. If you are not “someone” like Malia Obama, you have to come on your knees and earn the privilege of paying six figures for the precious product.

    Ferrari’s strategy is somewhat like deBeers and the controlled market for diamonds. The gems are more plentiful than most people know, but the supply available to you is artificially limited, and you have to pay the price. Your woman thinks diamonds are so fantastic because they are expensive: the bigger and better hers is, the more her man had to pay, ergo the more money he has. If his diploma says “Harvard” on it, so much the better.

    • Replies: @Jack D
  91. Twinkie says:
    @Buzz Mohawk

    Your points are well put and appreciated.

    Thank you for taking them so well.

    However, I am not saying…

    I understand. However, I am just cautioning you that being stridently anti-Ivy League can be its own form of rigid thinking and virtue signaling just as much as being infatuated with it.

    Aren’t top schools in competition with each other for the best students?

    To some extent. But there seems to be some collusion/cartel-like behavior among the top Ivies. Also, let’s not mince words here – not all Ivies are of the same reputational caliber. Very few people choose to attend Dartmouth or Brown (the smallest Ivies) over Harvard and Yale (the largest Ivies) despite the fact that actual teaching quality may be better in the former than in the latter, due to the more undergraduate-oriented structure of the former schools.

    Students are increasingly going to have to carefully decide if they are making a good investment, wherever they go to school.

    It really depends on what they and the parents are looking for in life, as trite as it may sound.

    My desire for my children is that, as is said in the Baltimore Catechism, they would learn to know, love, and serve God in this world. And, by extension, their country, community, and family. I want them to lead lives in which they treasure what is beautiful and true. Of course, I don’t want them to starve or suffer poverty, but such a fate would be preferable to one of material wealth and power cloaking ugliness and falsehood.

    • Agree: YetAnotherAnon
    • Replies: @Buzz Mohawk
    , @res
  92. @Dave Pinsen

    I like to characterize the Chinese as balancing two separate impulses. The first is our natural biological urge to follow established precedent and authority. The second, sometimes working in opposition to the first, is our cultural profanity. We really hold nothing sacred beyond filial piety and thus have no schelling points with which to naturally rally to. Our lack of things which we deem holy means that there is little to limit our personal ambition to getting what we want.

    • Replies: @Brutusale
  93. Silva says:
    @Twinkie

    “my daughters to Christian/Great Books curriculum colleges”

    At that rate, wouldn’t it be simpler, easier, and better to just marry them off at 18? At least a health-subject degree (from a suitably austere university) might be a Mrs. degree that actually does something useful.

    • Replies: @Twinkie
  94. Twinkie says:
    @Buzz Mohawk

    I’m learning here that “collective” is the wrong term for East Asians. However, how do you explain their group attitude, the way they identify as a group, say Han Chinese or just Chinese, no matter where they are? Don’t they see themselves as a team of sorts, and to hell with everybody else? Isn’t a Chinese person considered to belong to China, no matter where he lives?

    First of all, don’t conflate all East Asians with Chinese. Koreans, Japanese, and even Taiwanese are ethnically and culturally different to varying degrees.

    Second, East Asians in the United States have the highest rates of intermarriage, most frequently with whites, so “to hell with everybody else” is hard to sustain.

    Much of the in-group dynamic you see is a function of being first or second generation immigrants, which tends to disappear among the American-born. One of the classic markers (or proxies in social science terms) is English monolingualism. East Asians born in America tend to have fairly high levels of English monolingualism unlike, say, Mexicans.

    • Replies: @Buzz Mohawk
  95. Twinkie says:
    @Sippytai

    I think there’s a Seinfeld episode hidden in this:

    “The Harvard Nazi”

    Asian Boy: Please! Please, I beg of you!

    Harvard Nazi: No admission for YOU!!!

    Ah, but is “the Harvard Nazi” going to be played by a Jew or a fair-haired goyim from the Midwest (or the South)?

    • Replies: @kaganovitch
  96. @Twinkie

    First of all, don’t conflate all East Asians with Chinese. Koreans, Japanese, and even Taiwanese are ethnically and culturally different to varying degrees.

    I know they are different from each other, Twink.

    Second, East Asians in the United States have the highest rates of intermarriage, most frequently with whites, so “to hell with everybody else” is hard to sustain.

    Wait a minute, my head just spun around. Did you just put all East Asians in one basket and say they have a behavior in common?

    As for “to hell with everybody else,” have you read the news lately or at all in the past many years? Think Chinese industrial spying. The Chinese, that one, very big East Asian group that we should be more concerned about than any other, do seem to be working in a “f*ck you Americans” manner.

    Now will you lecture me on how not every Chinese person in the US is a spy?

    Geez, when did I get under your skin? Was it when I said the Ivy Leage is becoming the equivalent of a Trump-like aspirational brand, or was it when I misspelled “prophecy”?

    Speaking of intermarriage, have you seen Chinatown lately? In any one of it guises in any American city? How come those little islands have remained Chinese for so long? (No, please don’t tell me. I don’t want to hear about it.)

  97. @Anon

    Hillsdale and a few other colleges don’t take federal money. Very few, though.

    • Replies: @res
  98. Anonymous[347] • Disclaimer says:
    @I, commenter

    There’s nothing wrong with holding people to their words. If you preach meritocracy and equality you have no right to exclude some group from your institution because you don’t like their religion or culture.

  99. @Twinkie

    I am just cautioning you that being stridently anti-Ivy League can be its own form of rigid thinking and virtue signaling just as much as being infatuated with it.

    I am not “stridently anti-Ivy League.” I am anti-aspirational brand-chasing.

    Ivy League colleges are good schools, but my position is that many of the people who apply and even go do so because of the names and the prestige they carry, not for the education. This has gotten so sickening lately as more Americans and immigrants more blindly go for the brand.

    There are so many articles, even here, about people trying to get into the Ivy League and how their success or failure to do so will determine the rest of their lives. This has gotten worse and worse, this theme has become more and more prevalent, as our country has descended into rich and poor, 1% and everyone else.

    Americans are increasingly pursuing things like this not for intrinsic value, but because not to do so gives them fear of flying coach for the rest of their lives. That stinks.

    • Replies: @Peter Akuleyev
    , @res
  100. @Steve Sailer

    What Harvard is looking for, in contrast, is somebody who might donate six, seven, or eight figures in 40 years.

    They don’t even care about people who donate six or seven figures any more. I heard this from an Ivy League Alumni outreach coordinator. They just focus on the 0.01% these days for donations, more bang for the buck and less work. If you can’t give 8 figures, you don’t really have any leverage as a donor.

    No, what Harvard is really looking for are influencers. Most alums will not donate huge amounts, but they will be brand ambassadors and decision makers. The Ivies want to a seat at the center of power, and they have done an amazing job covering ALL the bases. Even the Trump administration is full of Harvard and Yale grads. And whom is Trump appointing to the Supreme Court? Another Yale grad. And of course Trump himself is an Ivy Leaguer, and rather proud of that. Reagan was the last President with no Ivy connection and that was rather a long time ago now.

  101. @Buzz Mohawk

    Americans are increasingly pursuing things like this not for intrinsic value, but because not to do so gives them fear of flying coach for the rest of their lives

    For most people social status IS an intrinsic value, indeed it is one of the most important ones.

    • Agree: Twinkie
    • Replies: @Buzz Mohawk
    , @Jack D
  102. Anon[407] • Disclaimer says:
    @Karl

    > Sure Harvard is great. … because yes, it “creates” elites.

    Harvard’s not so much an education as a place to make connections.

    • Replies: @Anonymous
  103. @Anon

    People should really look at graduate schools. I think they matter far more

    This is exactly right, a kid who goes to Michigan undergrad and then gets a Wharton MBA has more social status than a kid who goes the reverse route. What is the racial composition of the average Harvard Business School, Law School or Medical School class? That would be interesting.

    • Replies: @Old Palo Altan
  104. @Twinkie

    Last weekend I left my phone and glasses on the sea wall in a coastal Essex town. It was a busy afternoon and the local sailing club was having its annual piss up so there were plenty of drunks cruising around. I realised I’d lost my phone about an hour later some distance away and stopped a woman to ask if I could borrow her phone to call mine. She had clearly lived a hard life, her face was ravaged by booze, but said to me ‘this is an honest town, someone will have it for you’. Sure enough, it had been handed in at an art gallery, they answered, and I went and picked it up.

    Essex is quite ethno-statey. Particularly on the coasts. Probably a coincidence.

  105. I read the Times article and wrote the following to a maillist of folks who went to Harvard in the 60s.

    Makes me wonder how I got into Harvard GSAS. I aced the GRE which may have been what got me in. simpler times then. I was asked once by my chairman if I would house a black candidate for a day or so while he was visiting Cambridge. How did the chairman know that I had a capacious 4 room apt on King st, a cul de sac off Amory st? I talked up Harvard big time to the guy but to no avail. He told me he was going to blow off the Harvard offer and go to Northwestern in Evanston and stay true to his neighborhood. like I said, simpler times.

  106. @Peter Akuleyev

    For most people social status IS an intrinsic value, indeed it is one of the most important ones.

    Yes, but it’s not the highest one. Don’t you think our elite universities should be weeding out the people who only want to be there for the status? Since those admissions departments are deciding who our future leaders will be, shouldn’t they select students who have the highest values?

    • Replies: @27 year old
  107. Anonymous[337] • Disclaimer says:
    @Anon

    People who’ve never been to a good school always maintain that they’re just great, big, expensive networking seminars. Hollywood must be promoting this hoary stereotype.

    People who’ve attended the better schools know (among other things) that the workload alone would crush most beasts of burden. Sure, you make friends, particularly if you’re the type of student who’s not focused on grades and test scores. But you also learn. A lot.

    • Replies: @dr kill
    , @res
    , @3g4me
  108. Just have the good sense to be born into the family of a major politician … President would be ideal … and they won’t even make you fill in the forms or do interviews.

  109. Ganderson says:
    @Sippytai

    Jungle Asian: IN
    Fancy Asian: NOT

  110. @Twinkie

    Yeah, but they’re pretty quick to take Establishment bucks though!

  111. @Buzz Mohawk

    The flipside of your story is that everyone who did attend Yale thought that spending a quarter million to meet the other attendees who thought likewise was worth it.

    IOW, the Jeffrey Garten circle jerk.

    • Replies: @Clyde
  112. Clyde says:

    Too bad we don’t have a better breakdown on who these so called Asians are. Who are perspiring to get into Harvard. Jungle Asians? Fancy Asians? SubCons? Who would be mostly Hindu but some Muslims. Chinese? Taiwanese? US born Koreans? Mainland Chinese and other Asians who speak perfect English who parachuted into the US at age 13 to attend California schools?

    My guess is 70% or more are mainland Chinese or Taiwanese. Born here (the USA, economic free trade zone of their convenience) or not they are mightily aggrieved, and look like they are suing the big H on the Charles on admissions. There are more Chinese and Subcons (Hindu and Muz) than ever where I live. Even lots of full drapery SubCon Muslim women…and some w less drapery just a hair covering scarf.

  113. Jack D says:
    @Reg Cæsar

    And yet if you look at, for example, the US News rankings, all of the top 20 schools are private. The highest ranked public U’s – Berkeley and UCLA, don’t kick in until #21.

    There is a case to be made that there are now a number of private schools (MIT, Cal Tech, U Chicago, etc.) that are as good or better than many of the Ivies, but the public schools are ALMOST put not quite as good. There is a subtle but real difference in the quality of the students.

    • Replies: @Autochthon
  114. Clyde says:
    @Buzz Mohawk

    A most excellent account and ages ago I saw her (Ina’s) cooking show a few times where he barges in, in the final minutes to chow down. Probably on treif lobster and steamers and corn on the cob. And for a bonus he says a few retarded words.

    • Replies: @DCThrowback
  115. 1978 Civil Rights ad.
    Face of sad black student.
    Caption: “A Mind is a Terrible Thing to Waste.”

    2018 Civil Rights ad.
    Face of sad Asian student.
    Caption: “A Mind is a Terrible Thing to Wait-List.”

    • Replies: @Clyde
  116. Clyde says:
    @Almost Missouri

    The flipside of your story is that everyone who did attend Yale thought that spending a quarter million to meet the other attendees who thought likewise was worth it.

    Attending the Yale School of Management blesses you with a better circle of co-conspirators to rip off the collective wealth of the USA. Via paper shuffling shenanigans.

  117. Clyde says:
    @Harry Baldwin

    Not too shabby! Let the Fancy Asiooons try to tear down the walls of Jericho-Harvard with their horns and trumpets. Get out the popcorn.

  118. @academic gossip

    When your local fire department glibly dismisses the lack of minority firefighters by reference to “the Black and non Black distributions differ substantially” , they get told by a bunch of Harvard and Yale graduates in black robes that the very fact of disparate impact on different groups is presumptively discriminatory. This, in spite of the fact that the ostensible “hard” evidence of test scores clearly favors the department position and only subjective criteria i.e. a thumb and a few fingers on the scale disfavor the department’s position. Yet , when it comes to the Ivie’s own admission policies , where the hard evidence of test scores clearly favors the Asian plaintiffs, we are told ” Trust us, we are doing the right thing, the Asian and non Asian distributions differ substantially. Would we lie to you?” All of this, mind you, from people who as plain as day are not above fudging admissions criteria to produce their desired outcomes, as witness their NAM admission rates. A “Nothing Burger” indeed

  119. @Twinkie

    “Ah, but is “the Harvard Nazi” going to be played by a Jew or a fair-haired goyim from the Midwest (or the South)?”

    Goyim is plural, Goy is singular

    • Replies: @Twinkie
  120. @Anon

    Harvard gets enormous amounts of government grant money for many different things. It wouldn’t surprise me at all if Harvard were the largest government grant recipient on a per-student basis. So yeah, they should have to obey the laws that they in fact influenced. This is very similar to New York City residents somehow managing to keep their public schools segregated for all these years and now objecting to a slight bit of integration.

  121. slumber_j says:
    @Tyrion 2

    The problem for US colleges, I imagine, is that now there is no answer as to who the typical “you” is, so the intake can no longer be designed with any specific customer profile in mind.

    There is no normative default.

    My wife and I both got a Harvard AB, as did both of our fathers–and as did pretty much every male in her father’s line going back to the 17th century. My maternal grandfather and most if not all of his many brothers got professional degrees there. By any normal notion of “normative,” our children would be precisely the normative default, no?

    But that’s just crazy talk.

    I’ve long said that the only way either of our two children will get into Harvard College is if the Admissions Office suddenly comes down with a case of Mad Men-style nostalgia for the Bad Old Days, through which the kids attain token high-WASP status so that Harvard can have them adorn the place like Beefeaters. You know: for the rubes!

    Fortunately, unlike my wife I didn’t really like the place–and nowadays we both find it revolting. So I don’t much care.

    • Replies: @Peter Akuleyev
    , @Tyrion 2
    , @res
  122. @Jack D

    You are citing U.S. News & World Report‘s rankings as the measure of a university? Are you sure you want to put your eggs in that basket?

    Okay, then. Here’s a pointy hat and a stool. And some light reading.

  123. @Duke of Qin

    I’ve always gotten this vague sense that the system somehow discriminates against East Asian men. It’s like they’re the least favorite minority.

    I don’t know why, but I’d assume it’s related to East Asian men being taciturn, stoic, and business-like. We live in an age that favors verbosity, glibness, and “chutzpah.” These are exactly the opposite of the traits that East Asian men embody, but that’s not necessarily always true of East Asian women.

    That’s probably one advantage that South Asians (both male and female) have over East Asians. South Asians have the Mediterranean/Middle Eastern/Swarthy (“Men with Gold Chains”) personality type to some extent, which makes them compatible with the Jewish-dominated social order. South Asians also historically lived in a highly Malthusian environment with intense agriculture, which enabled them with some degree of “K-selection” and diligence. So South Asians combine verbosity with a “grind” Tiger Mom culture, which is a pretty good combination for succeeding in today’s America. They’re highly ethnocentric too, which is another trait that favors success in today’s America.

    From my experience, the most successful people are those who are diligent when they need to be (especially with respect to academics), but also are adept at bullsh*tting when the need arises. Groups like Jews, South Asians, Persians, Armenians, and Christian Arabs fit this. These groups tend to be clannish too, which makes them able to “network” effectively. On the other hand, groups like East Asians and Slavs don’t fit this, which makes it hard for them to ascend into elite-level positions in Western countries.

    Unfortunately, when you allow adept bullsh*tters and networkers to run the country, all sorts of unfortunate things can happen. We see this playing out in America today. While I wouldn’t want to see East Asians run America, I do think that we should promote Americans with East Asian personality traits into leadership positions. “Gold chain” personality traits are not what you want in national leaders.

  124. Somebody compare Chinese to Koreans. In what respects are the two groups similar and different?

  125. @slumber_j

    It’s too bad your kids aren’t smart enough to get in on merit. I have a number of classmates, including WASPs, whose kids did get into my Ivy Alma Mater. The trick is to actually do well on SATs, have stellar grades and be interesting, not just coast on legacy. The Ivies are trying to weed out some of the decaying old money families, which is probably just as well. Not much point in tying your wagon to Prescotts, Winthrops and Adams when Kushners and Zuckerbergs are running things.

    • Replies: @slumber_j
    , @Anonymous
  126. @JimB

    Chicago is now at the top of the Liberal Arts heap and has worked their way up from top 10 to top 3 in the last decade

    Chicago is notorious for trying to game the rankings, to the detriment of the education. They do things like admit a large number of students with the condition that they defer a year before starting. They then “re-accept” those students the following year, and it artificially boosts the rate of students who say yes after being admitted. The secret sauce to climbing to number two is actually throwing academic integrity out the window. The irony is that a U of Chicago education really was better than an Ivy education 30 years ago, but probably isn’t today.

    • Replies: @JimB
  127. dr kill says:
    @Anonymous

    The first two years of an Ivy League Med School with which I’m familiar featured 45 credits of classwork each semester for 4 straight semesters. That’s a lot of work. I maintain that it is the amount of material, not the material itself, that is the real load.

  128. JimB says:
    @Steve Sailer

    Identifying the future wealthy is a sucker’s game. Harvard has probably rejected 4/5 of the world’s billionaires and the other 1/5 dropped out. Harvard’s wealth comes mainly from it’s money managers and Wall Street insider status.

    • Replies: @Dave Pinsen
  129. @Johann Ricke

    You and Coag are right about the Chinese. Chinese don’t like or trust other Chinese all that much, especially in business. You can see this in Taiwan. Despite years of Japanese rule (much like Korea), and dramatic post-war economic growth much like Japan’s or S. Korea’s, Taiwan has very few large global corporations and has not adopted the chaebol/keiretsu model. As soon as a Taiwanese coroporation reaches a certain scale, it tends to fracture, with managers deciding they can start their own damn company and do a better job running things on their own.

    Although Chinese do tend to think of loyalties in concentric circles (me against my brother, my brother and me against my cousin, my village against the neighboring village, etc.) when push comes to shove they have been pretty poor at ethnic nationalism. Chinese spent more time fighting each other than the Japanese in the 1930s and 40s. Again and again over history Chinese have actively aided foreign invaders against other Chinese. Chinese taboos against marriage outside the group seem pretty weak compared to SE Asians, or even Greeks.

    • Replies: @1661er
  130. Ronnie says:

    The article in the NY Times on admissions to Harvard as usual does not mention the word Jew. Jews at Harvard tripled to 21% of the freshman class in 1922 from about 7% in 1900, but by 1931 that was reduced to 15%. This percentage of jews at Harvard gradually increased to 25% of the class in the mid 1960ies and has remained there. The low of 15% in 1931 which is called a “quota” is in fact a 7-fold over-representation of Jews which today is a 12-fold over-representation. Asians and others cannot expect any justice or genuine meritocracy until this Jewish selection is directly addressed and analyzed.

    • Replies: @Marty T
  131. JimB says:
    @Peter Akuleyev

    Well, if this Chicago admissions “strategy” you describe has been working so well for the past decade, then by now wouldn’t the bottom-of-the-barrel Ivy League schools like UPenn, Cornell, and Columbia be imitating it? Everybody games the ratings if they can. Chicago has been committed to a rigorous great-books based core curriculum for much longer than 30 years, and their typical undergrads have better developed thinking skills than typical Ivy grads for the obvious reason that intense academic challenge is required, not optional, as it is at Harvard.

  132. @Twinkie

    East Asians who come to the U.S. generally (especially initially) have relatively low social status in the U.S. [sic]

    Yeah. The programmers and engineers; the physicians and pharmacists. The graduate students (on daddy’s dime, natch…) who never leave, the professors (who cannot even speak Engrish but are given tenure and fat salaries!) teaching them. The oligarchs buying half of California – and all of Vancouver – for cash. Poor, low-status bastards. Pity the lot of ‘em.

    Do the poor ones who come maybe initially have low status? Sure. Stipulated. So what? Even they get governmentally mandated cash and prizes and privileges over the autochthonous people – the Small Business Administration, the EEOC, the set-asides from DoD,, on and on. Hell, I’ll open a dry cleaner’s tomorrow, as soon as the government lends me the capital on preferred terms because of my epicanthic folds….

    Anyway, at least the ones from that part of Asia bathe. Points for that.

    (Oh, and I wanted to admire Let Duc d’Quin’s admission most Chinese are at their core amoral son of a bitch. Points for honesty.)

    • Replies: @Twinkie
  133. @Twinkie

    How about this Twinkie. How about Asians stay in Asia. And the ones currently residing in the West can go back to Asia. See how simple that was.

  134. @Cowboy Shaw

    “annual piss up”

    Do I want to know what that is?

    • Replies: @Veracitor
  135. @Buzz Mohawk

    Don’t you think our elite universities should be weeding out the people who only want to be there for the status? Since those admissions departments are deciding who our future leaders will be, shouldn’t they select students who have the highest values?

    Yes, but they’re not our universities.

    HY are selecting rulers of a conquered territory, not leaders among a free people.

    • Replies: @Jack D
    , @3g4me
  136. Jack D says:
    @Buzz Mohawk

    Limiting supply to maintain exclusivity is a well known strategy in the luxury goods field. Sometimes limited supply is the ONLY thing that can maintain value. The most extreme example being prints by artists. If an artist runs off a lithograph in an edition of 100 or some low number, then the print (which is only a piece of paper and has no intrinsic value at all) has some chance of having value but if he runs off 100,000 then it will never have any value, even though the 1 out of 100 print is exactly the same as the 1 out of 100,000 print.

    In most products, the price tag is a negative factor – “I would buy that GMC SUV but it’s awfully expensive.” In luxury goods, the price is a POSITIVE factor – “I would buy that Range Rover BECAUSE it is awfully expensive.” The consumers of these brands WANT you to keep the prices really high and ever increasing so that they can use your product as a status signalling device. When I show up in my new Range Rover (wearing a Rolex, with my Hermes handbag, etc.) people will know that I’m rich and should be envied by them.

    For that reason, if you are lucky enough to own such a brand (and smart enough to manage it for the long term – it’s possible to run a luxury brand into the ground – see Cadillac) then it is virtually a license to print money. The price of the product becomes virtually detached from the cost of production. For example, Rolex will sell you a replacement stainless steel bracelet for a Submariner for $1,000. Or the Chinese will sell you a virtually identical bracelet for $10. You can’t really argue that the Rolex bracelet is 100x better – it’s just a hunk of metal. Stainless steel costs $1/lb and the machining is automated. You could make a reasonable argument that it is worth $40 or $50 or even $100 because it is slightly better than the Chinese one (and 40 years ago, when Rolex was just another brand of watch, that’s how much they would have charged you, in inflation adjusted terms), but there’s no way in hell that the bracelet has an intrinsic value (or a production cost) anywhere close to $1,000. But the Rolex one has the magic symbol stamped on it – that’s where 90%+ of the value comes from.

  137. res says:
    @Redneck farmer

    I had not realized before that Hillsdale not taking federal money extended to student financial aid: https://www.hillsdale.edu/admissions-aid/financial-aid/need-based-aid/

    Hillsdale College, which does not accept or permit its students to bring federal financial aid to campus, is fully committed to providing its students with competitive financial aid packages, all of which are privately funded.

  138. Jack D says:
    @27 year old

    Oh, bullshit. HY have been selecting from an elite class for the last 300 years. You were just too dumb to notice it because they had the same nominal religion and came from the same nominal ethnic group – maybe you couldn’t tell the difference between them and you, but THEY could sure as hell tell the difference between themselves and you. The fact that the President of Harvard or Yale is named Levin instead of Lowell doesn’t change anything as far as their level of condescension to the unwashed masses.

  139. res says:
    @Anon

    People should really look at graduate schools. I think they matter far more, and Jewish enrollment in them is much higher.

    Agreed. One thing I found interesting is that the racial balance does not seem that much different at Harvard for undergraduates and graduates: https://www.collegetuitioncompare.com/edu/166027/harvard-university/enrollment/
    Scroll down to “Enrollment By Race/Ethnicity.” The bar charts for all/undergraduate/graduate make it easy to compare.

    But looking at Jewish representation at Harvard is even more interesting (as seen in Ron Unz’s article).

    Hillel claims 11% Jewish Undergrads and 67% Jewish Graduates: https://www.hillel.org/college-guide/list/record/harvard-university
    My guess is the former is understated due to the recent controversy about this, but how is the latter even possible given the racial balance seen at the first link?

    The Jerusalem Post claims 25% of Harvard Undergrads are Jewish: https://www.jpost.com/Diaspora/The-most-heavily-Jewish-US-college-and-other-facts-about-Jews-at-American-colleges-437701

    So, it seems a bunch of kids attend what are essentially shadow-harvard. They are not accepted into Harvard Undergrad but have a good chance of entering Harvard Graduate if they make the grades at the ‘lesser’ university.

    Perhaps, but based on the numbers above they sure don’t seem to be non-Jewish whites.

  140. res says:
    @academic gossip

    You are presenting a quite biased version of the evidence presented so far.

    For anyone who wants to dig deeply into this, here are the court filings: https://studentsforfairadmissions.org/sffa-files-motion-for-summary-judgment-against-harvard/

    Agreed about this though:

    The plaintiffs’ black/Hispanic affirmative action data, that MSM is giving the silent treatment, is much harder for Harvard to explain away. There is some evidence that the admission rate for blacks is engineered to never go below the overall domestic admission rate, and unless Harvard can explain that away, that is close enough to a quota that all the talk of diversity and complex multifactor admission will not make it legal under existing rulings. Also the sheer magnitude of the black preference makes it hard to argue that black race per se is only “one of many factors”, it is all-important as the plaintiffs demonstrate.

  141. Jack D says:
    @academic gossip

    the Asian issue that is getting all the current publicity looks like a big nothingburger

    Nothing to see here folks, move along. These are not the droids you are looking for.

  142. @Buzz Mohawk

    Don’t they see themselves as a team of sorts, and to hell with everybody else?

    No. Although its not a religion, its most akin to a religious community in that being Chinese is a set of norms, beliefs, traditions, and so on. As such, it is very vulnerable to “schism” and its how you get intense enmity between factions(such as Epoch Times, which basically exists to attack the CCP). The Chinese have been vastly murderous of their own due to such schisms. There’s ultimately no clear definition on what those common mores must be, and one group can be convinced that they represented a “truer” or “more authentic” faction against the others.

    Attacking Chinese as a whole, though, would be akin to attacking Christianity to a Christian; he becomes obligated to defend a significant basis of existence.

  143. res says:
    @academic gossip

    Hence the plaintiff can engineer a study indicating discrimination and the defendant can, by using more variables and controls, show the opposite.

    That is certainly true, but often one can look closely at the models and make a judgment as to who is closer to reality and who is obfuscating it. I have done that. Have you?

    • Replies: @academic gossip
  144. @Twinkie

    Asian-apologist-whitey-hater who lacks theory of mind — How original!

    The numbers don’t point to discrimination against Asians either, chief. Anyone with a basic knowledge of the distributions of intelligence and more importantly proportions of the total population can see who admissions is screwing.

    Unrelated, do you have an Anglo first name?

    • Replies: @Twinkie
  145. Tyrion 2 says: • Website
    @slumber_j

    By any normal notion of “normative,” our children would be precisely the normative default, no?

    But that’s just crazy talk.

    Everyone in China knows what the normative default is for a graduate and post-graduate from their central Communist uni. I lived with one. She was awesome, but I was very young.

    Indeed, everyone in most countries knows what the default is. Just in Western Europe and the Anglophone countries is a default prohibited.

    I believe the elite is better with a sense of noblesse oblige and organic connection to the wider community. Perhaps America needs to be an experiment in something else but your example is leading the European nations astray.

    Even basic b*tch companies get a brand identity but supposedly a country having one is not inclusive enough.

    • Agree: slumber_j
    • Replies: @Anon
  146. slumber_j says:
    @Peter Akuleyev

    As we have seen from the original post, SATs and grades aren’t enough to accomplish anything on their own. In any case, my children are 11 and 13, so the jury’s still out: hence the future tense.

    Perhaps you should work on your reading comprehension before baselessly insulting people’s children. With enough work, maybe you’ll even be able to recognize a joke!

    • Replies: @Peter Akuleyev
  147. Anonymous[350] • Disclaimer says:
    @dr kill

    45 hours of class time per semester? Not possible. Isn’t the typical undergrad load around 15 hours?

  148. res says:
    @Twinkie

    academic gossip seems to generally know what he is talking about, but likes to argue from authority rather than presenting evidence.

    Here is what I found. First, it is worth noting that AFAICT this data is only for US citizens and permanent residents.

    This report has 2016 bar charts for minorities (but not whites) by broad field on page 5 in panel D: https://www.nsf.gov/statistics/2018/nsf18304/static/report/nsf18304-report.pdf
    I did not realize just how large a proportion of black doctorates were in education.

    Current top level NSF Doctorates page: https://www.nsf.gov/statistics/2018/nsf18304/
    All of the data tables: https://www.nsf.gov/statistics/2018/nsf18304/data.cfm
    HTML version of Table 23. U.S. citizen and permanent resident doctorate recipients, by broad field of study, ethnicity, and race: Selected years, 1996–2016 (which I think is best able to address this conversation): https://www.nsf.gov/statistics/2018/nsf18304/datatables/tab23.htm

    As I am sure you are aware, it is necessary to consider the demographics of the underlying populations (both total and “interested in achieving that”) and NYC is different from the US. My guess is academic gossip was mostly referring to the relative proportions of whites (ag, feel free to correct if I misunderstood), and in that I would say he is correct.

    • Replies: @AnotherDad
    , @Twinkie
  149. Anon[350] • Disclaimer says:
    @Tyrion 2

    What is a “normative default”?

    • Replies: @Tyrion 2
  150. res says:
    @academic gossip

    Nobody at that thread or in this one has pointed out anything wrong with my (more or less obvious to cognoscenti, once stated) take on the statistical issues in the Harvard Asian lawsuit.

    OK. Let’s have that conversation. What are your reasons for considering Card’s analysis to invalidate Arcidiacono’s? Based on what I have read, I find Arcidiacono’s reasoning on interaction variables persuasive (I will be happy to respond in more detail once you have given your top level take) and that leads me to believe Card is obfuscating.

    Since it might be useful for this conversation I will repeat this link to court filings: https://studentsforfairadmissions.org/sffa-files-motion-for-summary-judgment-against-harvard/

  151. @slumber_j

    It‘s not reading comprehension, I am purposely insulting you because you‘re a Harvard man and I don‘t like Harvard. I am a dick that way.

    • LOL: Harry Baldwin
    • Replies: @Anonymous
  152. Jack D says:
    @Peter Akuleyev

    I suppose that depends on what the meaning of “intrinsic” is.

    I would argue that it is possible to detach the cachet of the name brand from the thing itself and the latter is the intrinsic thing – in this case the quality of the education.

    For example, say I presented an expert panel with glasses of wine in a blind taste test – they might prefer A to B – that’s the intrinsic quality of the item.

    But in the market, B might be Château Lafite Rothschild and A might be a Napa Valley wine that sells for a fraction of the price, because of the status of the Lafite name.

    Social status is by definition EXTRINSIC – it’s not what’s in the bottle, it’s how people perceive the label. Social status can be gained as a result of past performance – the way Lafite came to have high social status in the first place was (in part) because it had high intrinsic value at some point. But things change – you can rest on your laurels. The quality of the product can go down. Competitors can improve their product, etc.

  153. Forbes says:
    @Anon

    Nice try. I fail to see how accepting a government grant to research, say cancer, obligates the entity to comply with rules outside cancer research. The Supreme Court answered this “strings attached” issue in the Medicaid expansion question under Obamacare with a denial.

    Based on your rationale, nothing is truly private and there are no limits to government coercion. It’s a popular assertion–but one that only finds favor under the rubric of who’s ox is being gored.

    I happen to disagree the government has (or should have) such sweeping coercive power.

    You cite circumstances as dispositive proof, when it pure conjecture or opinion. If the issue was as clear-cut as you imply, it wouldn’t have been taken up in a private civil action–but rather, the government imposing what you claim government has the power to do.

  154. res says:
    @Twinkie

    If I am paying, I am the customer — if not the boss.

    That’s true only when the power relationship is equal or nearly so.

    I get what you are saying, but could you elaborate on how that works in your view? I understand the difference between commodity and luxury goods (generally based on limited supply, exclusivity, and perceptions) and its relevance here, but the Harvard example seems to go beyond that. I don’t think anyone would argue the customer is unimportant to the luxury goods provider, but perhaps Harvard is different in having such a large pool of realistic (roughly comparable) customers that it has power beyond that. I suppose Harvard’s role could be best seen as choosing the next generation of the powerful (who don’t really care about the price, nor does Harvard care that much about the tuition).

    So in that sense Harvard can be seen as needing to be sold on your suitability for that role. That selling need making them the customer. Is this what you mean? With most of the academic selectivity a reputation preserving sideline?

    Are there any examples other than elite universities which show this dynamic? I have heard occasional stories of idiosyncratic high end car companies (e.g. early Enzo dominated Ferrari, IIRC) which reject potential buyers as “unworthy”, but can’t think of any others.

    • Replies: @Jack D
  155. res says:
    @Buzz Mohawk

    This comment is one of the best I have seen at elucidating multiple informative responses. Thanks to all of you.

  156. Jack D says:
    @academic gossip

    Without going into the merits of the competing experts, I’ll repeat what I said earlier – the only reason why we can have this discussion at all is because garden variety E. Asians (we will put aside the Nepalese, Bhutanese, etc. that Harvard talks about because they still have value as exotic rarities) do not possess a lot of Diversity Pokemon points. Substitute one of the higher ranked groups (blacks) for Asian and Harvard’s experts would not even DARE make the arguments that they are making and that you are making – that the reason the Harvard admission officers ranked BLACKS as less likable is because they really ARE less likable. That they are just reflecting the opinions of others – teachers, interviewers, etc. who are giving recommendations and that those others are not themselves fatally infected with racism that taints their judgments. Etc. As I said before, all you need to do is substitute the word “African-American” for “Asian” and Harvard’s whole defense would be considered a war crime.

  157. res says:
    @Twinkie

    Thanks to both you and Buzz Mohawk for providing a good example of constructive disagreement. I am enjoying your conversation.

    • Replies: @Buzz Mohawk
  158. @res

    Yes, I read the statistical analysis in the expert reports. Both sides make some mistakes. Card is clearly smarter than Arcidiacono, but he has more to explain.

    The key point is Harvard’s rebuttal on the personal ratings of Asians. Card is right, and Arcidiacono floundering, about whether to do year-by-year analyses and combine them. Of course you want single-year analysis and combining is not an issue. Of course you want the larger set of variables, especially SES data on the parents, for predicting admission. Card then replaces the supposedly biased personal ratings by Arcidiacono’s regression-predicted ratings (minus the adverse Asian “bias” coefficient that he estimated as his proof of discrimination), and re-runs the admission analysis on this bias-free data set that shows Asians’ supposedly higher level of personal quality. This procedure should show worse Asian effects than the real data set, since the admission results are the same but Asians’ ratings have been raised. But instead of this procedure isolating an Asian discrimination effect, it replicates the finding that the Asian coefficient fluctuates in sign year-to-year and is small/insignificant combining the years.

    The plaintiffs have not publicized their counter-arguments to this analysis, but their options are pretty limited and lame. They are already arguing that Card is trying to noise up the analysis in the hope of swamping the Asian coefficients. The data set is way too big for that, and it doesn’t explain how the Asian coefficient comes out positive in some years, when according to plaintiffs’ theories, Harvard should be having to discriminate massively to get the observed white/Asian enrollment.

    • Replies: @res
  159. res says:
    @Buzz Mohawk

    I find the societal buy in to the idea of the Ivy League as a marker of intellectual excellence ridiculous in light of their admissions policies with regard to affirmative action, legacies, and athletes.

    There is certainly intellectual excellence at those institutions, but the idea that “X is intellectually elite because they went to Y university” is hard to sustain without a close look at X’s background.

    • Agree: Desiderius
    • Replies: @Jack D
  160. Jack D says:
    @res

    I don’t think anyone would argue the customer is unimportant to the luxury goods provider, but perhaps Harvard is different in having such a large pool of realistic (roughly comparable) customers that it has power beyond that.

    Harvard is in an unusually good position in that they have 18 potential customers for every seat on sale (admission rate 5.6%) but it’s not unprecedented in other businesses. Think of Hamilton tickets or the waiting list for Hermes Birkin bags and so on. Hot clubs have guys who stand at the door whose entire job description consists of turning away customers. All of these business could theoretically equalize supply and demand by either increasing supply or raising the price, but they have economically valid reasons for rationing their products by turning away customers instead.

    • Replies: @res
  161. @Jack D

    Jack makes a good point here. The biggest overriding factor is social class, or whatever you want to call it, economic level, caste, whatever. Your real leaders.

    We are naked apes, after all. There are dominant apes and submissive apes. If you prefer chickens, there is a pecking order, and it is somewhat independent of religion or ethnicity.

    For example, our “betters” are the people who want non-whites to come on into the homelands of the white, global minority. They are making sure this continues to happen. It means cheap labor (servants) for them and a submissive underclass.

    Those elites do not seem to care who or what we are. They will ruin our countries, because they somehow see themselves as above it, independent of it, and in control of it.

    Their children go to Ivy League universities, because that is where ruling-class people go to college, no matter how dumb they are.

  162. res says:
    @Anonymous

    People who’ve attended the better schools know (among other things) that the workload alone would crush most beasts of burden.

    How much would you say that varies by major? FWIW I know exactly what you mean by the bit I quoted.

    • Replies: @Anonymous
  163. res says:
    @slumber_j

    I’ve long said that the only way either of our two children will get into Harvard College is if the Admissions Office suddenly comes down with a case of Mad Men-style nostalgia for the Bad Old Days, through which the kids attain token high-WASP status so that Harvard can have them adorn the place like Beefeaters. You know: for the rubes!

    Do you really think this is true given that your children are double (and multigenerational) legacies? I would expect them to be fast tracked given the admissions data I see for Harvard legacies (one of the fun side effects of the Asian admissions lawsuit).

    • Replies: @Jack D
    , @slumber_j
  164. Thud says:
    @Twinkie

    Irelands GNI being the same as U.K. is a better measure and without EU bribes the per capita GDP would be much less.

  165. @Cowboy Shaw

    This must surely be an American Essex? Not sure I’d expect to get my phone back in Southend, UK.

    (“piss-up” = “drinking session or excuse for one, like an annual dinner”)

  166. hyperbola says:
    @Buzz Mohawk

    Yale is another of “our” universities that was taken over by a racist-supremacist, foreign sect a LONG time ago. Remember that the trustee for “Skull & Bones” is still from Russell & Co., the biggest jewish opium trafficking company of the 19th century. Yes, people get introduced into deep state corruption there – for example Skull & Bones provided BOTH presidential candidates in 2004.

    • Replies: @Anonymous
  167. Jack D says:
    @res

    Again this is nothing unique – every brand can either rest on its laurels (and decline in the long run) or maintain brand equity via advertising and favorable publicity (rather than intrinsic quality) or go from strength to strength. A brand was once literally a brand (like what is used on cattle) that was stamped onto the end of a barrel of flour because you could then buy a barrel of flour that had the “Joe’s Mill” stamp burned onto it and know that it was flour of good quality without even having to open the barrel and check the contents.

    But say after a while the owners of Joe’s Mill get sloppy and sometimes their flour is moldy or wormy or off tasting and no longer always the top quality that Joe’s Mill was renowned for, but they are letting it go out their doors anyway (see every American car company in the 1970s). For a while, people are so used to buying the Joe’s Mill brand (and hearing its advertising jingles and seeing their friends buying Joe’s) that they will keep buying it anyway. But after a few bad barrels, they may decide to switch brands or at the very least to lift the lid on the barrel and check the contents closely before they just buy based on the brand alone.

    You can see that the exact same analogy applies to a Harvard diploma.

    • Replies: @res
    , @Autochthon
  168. res says:
    @Jack D

    Good points. Hot clubs are the perfect example. Speaking of which, how do they avoid running afoul of the discrimination police? Is it because the “cool people” get in?

    Regarding your product examples, I imagine there was a fair amount of prestige based (and/or currying favor, etc.) selectivity in the way Hamilton tickets made their way through the distribution chain, but did any of that happen at the level of the theater box office itself (which I think would be the best analog for Harvard admissions)?

    Does Hermes play any games with its waitlist (either positive or negative discrimination) based on who its customers are? Does anything like that happen at the retailer rather than manufacturer level?

    I guess I should be more explicit in saying that the defining characteristic of the point I am attempting to draw out is the seller exercising non-price based discrimination with respect to their customers. And just how far this goes to counteract the idea of “I am paying therefore I am the customer and have power.”

    • Replies: @Jack D
    , @Anonymous
  169. @JohnnyWalker123

    It is natural personality aversion to a dominant oriental archetype. To the more extroverted type Caucasian, East Asians simply look autistic. To the more insular, perceptive, and autistic sorts of Caucasians, East Asians look normal. The latter aren’t in power and rarely are (Nixon being a rare example) while the former have achieved overwhelming supremacy in America. This aversion is a two way street though as we are deeply distrustful of the “I am your friend type”. The more you tell me you are my friend, the faster I count my silver.

    Yes if I was American Stalin I’d have most of the hpy MBA types shot and replaced with white middle class gentiles from intact families and non coastal states that were top of their class from public engineering schools. Hard to go wrong with those types.

  170. @Duke of Qin

    Gold box.

    Excellent comment DoQ. Strikes me as spot on. Conformity isn’t “collectivism”. And you take here:

    True collectivism, as in “my tribe, f*ck you” is actually rare amidst the people of the Far East because those attitudes are only made possible by multi racial/cultural/religious environs where ingroup endogamy is the norm.

    i think nails the motivating–evolutionary–factor.

  171. Jack D says:
    @res

    You are both wrong. Legacy is a “plus” factor but it doesn’t mean either auto-reject or auto-accept. Harvard is not completely lying when they say they have a “holistic” process. Once you get past the secret racial quotas (i.e. among white people) it really does work that way more or less. So if your kids are on the borderline for white people at Harvard (which would be pretty high – even 1600 SATs is no guaranty) then legacy might be the plus factor that tips the scale and gets them in, while their best friend with identical scores but no legacy might not make the cut (or it might not if they don’t take a liking to the rest of your package).

    If they are not otherwise plausible candidates (say SAT below 1400) then even 10 generations of legacy (without a high seven figure donation attached to the application ) wouldn’t help. The legacy admit rate is something like 3x the non-legacy rate so it is a major advantage (there are very few other things besides being a recruited athlete that a white person could do that would triple his chances) but since the overall rate is now under 6% that still means that most legacies are going to get rejected too.

    • Replies: @Anon
    , @res
    , @slumber_j
  172. @JohnnyWalker123

    Really excellent follow-up comment Johnny.

    The bullsh*tter and Steve’s “Men with Gold Chains” concepts are quite useful in parsing what’s going on–what’s happened to our nation.

  173. res says:
    @academic gossip

    Thanks for replying. This will go better if we both refer to the actual arguments in context (though that might be more effort than either of us wish to undertake).

    First, let’s be very clear. I am much more concerned about the merits of the case than things like “Card is clearly smarter than Arcidiacono” though at least you conclude by acknowledging “but he has more to explain.”

    I found Arcidiacono’s discussion of interaction variables in section “3.2 Professor Card errs in failing to include interaction terms” (pp. 19-22) of http://samv91khoyt2i553a2t1s05i-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/Doc-415-2-Arcidiacono-Rebuttal-Report.pdf
    persuasive. That argument seems so clear (I especially liked the quoting of Card’s conditions for when those variables should be included) I am led to believe Card is obfuscating.

    Can you point to the location of the Card argument to which you refer?

    Do you have any rebuttals for Steve Hsu’s blog posts on this topic?

    P.S. Are you aware of a resource for the defendant’s filings similar to https://studentsforfairadmissions.org/sffa-files-motion-for-summary-judgment-against-harvard/ for the plaintiff’s filings?

    P.P.S. I would be interested in any insights Twinkie has to offer from his stint in an Ivy League admissions office.

  174. Jack D says:
    @res

    Regarding your product examples, I imagine there was a fair amount of prestige based (and/or currying favor, etc.) selectivity in the way Hamilton tickets made their way through the distribution chain, but did any of that happen at the level of the theater box office itself (which I think would be the best analog for Harvard admissions)?

    Absolutely. “This is the office of Hillary Clinton calling. President and Secretary Clinton would like to have 2 tickets in the 3 row center of the orchestra for tonight.” Box Office: “The tickets will be waiting for them at the box office.”

    • Replies: @res
  175. Anon[982] • Disclaimer says:
    @Steve Sailer

    Harvard’s money has been badly managed for the last several years. The fact that they’ve been getting a lot in donations has been covering up for this.

    Quote from the linked article below: “The endowment’s performance in fiscal year 2017 ranks dead last among the 88 largest endowments that have reported their results, according to Bloomberg data. It’s not just one year. Harvard’s three-year, five-year and 10-year returns rank 73, 66 and 55, respectively.”

    https://www.bloomberg.com/gadfly/articles/2018-02-22/harvard-alumni-cook-up-a-dumb-idea-for-its-endowment

    If it weren’t for generous donors, their endowment’s growth would be considered unremarkable, as well as unremarkable long-term.

    From the article: “Harvard, along with other big university endowments, pioneered and still uses the so-called endowment model of investing, which calls for investments in high-priced hedge funds and private assets alongside traditional stocks and bonds.”

    One thing about hedge funds is that their long-term results mostly suck. They’re great destroyers of capital. They make money for their managers in terms of fees, which is why they keep being set up, but for the sucker investing in them? HA HA HA.

    Look up what Warren Buffett says about hedge funds. He made a famous long-term bet against them.

    One thing you can say for Harvard’s massive hiring of diversity admins, namely chicks, blacks, and browns, is that they don’t know how to handle money. This is typical ‘diversity’ behavior when it comes to cash. Their current plan, “Duh, maybe buy an index fund,” is what happens when you have no one in the money department who knows how to invest. Buying and long-term holding an index fund is what you do when you don’t know enough to actively invest money yourself, don’t want to learn about the investing process, and don’t want to be bothered with it. Harvard’s money mangers are overpaid for the service that they’re providing.

    • Replies: @Steve Sailer
    , @Anon
  176. hyperbola says:

    Frankly I wouldn’t want to send my children to the “brand management” practiced by Harvard, which according to “independent” rating agencies is down to #4 in the US.

    World University Rankings 2018

    https://www.timeshighereducation.com/world-university-rankings/2018/world-ranking#!/page/0/length/25/sort_by/rank/sort_order/asc/cols/stats

    Too much corruption at Harvard.

  177. Anon[350] • Disclaimer says:
    @Jack D

    The legacy admit rate is something like 3x the non-legacy rate so it is a major advantage

    You are mistaking correlation for causation. Legacy status also correlates with genes and wealth.

  178. slumber_j says:
    @res

    Do you really think this is true given that your children are double (and multigenerational) legacies?

    Actually I have no idea and have done no research on the matter. But applying from New York City doesn’t help, and the College’s increasingly open war on White Privilege and even generalized elitism[!] doesn’t bode well.

    I do know a lot of people who went there and nevertheless had their perfectly worthy children denied admission. Then again the son of a couple of Ur-WASP friends who married after Harvard and live on the Upper East Side did get in a few years ago–out of Hotchkiss, no less. So maybe you’re right.

    • Replies: @res
    , @Jack D
  179. res says:
    @Jack D

    You are both wrong. Legacy is a “plus” factor but it doesn’t mean either auto-reject or auto-accept.

    Come on, Jack. I never said auto-accept. “Fast track” might have been a bit much, but look how much legacies and athletes move just the raw demographics:

    According to this article, the legacy admissions advantage is closer to 6x (34% is nothing to sneeze at, vs. 6% for non-legacies) than 3x: http://www.latimes.com/opinion/op-ed/la-oe-lee-harvard-legacy-student-advantage-20180622-story.html

    The thing that confounds all of this is that many legacies (those whose antecedents were admitted on merit at least) are likely to be smart in the first place. I assumed this was the case for slumber_j’s children based on that, his comments here in general, and the tone of that particular comment. It would be interesting to see how legacy status interacts with test scores and demographics for admissions percentages.

    I sincerely wonder about your hypothetical. I would like to believe it is true, but I do wonder. She is an extreme example, but do you think essentially any SAT scores (say over 1000 or 1200?) would have kept Malia Obama from being admitted to Harvard?

    • Replies: @Anonymous
    , @Anonymous
  180. res says:
    @Jack D

    Fair enough, but how far do you think that extends? Two questions that might help clarify my point:
    - Is there any blackballing?
    - What proportion of tickets from the box office are distributed as in your HRC example? Thinking about NYC a bit, that number is probably far higher than my gut reaction, but I would still be interested in your take.

    • Replies: @Jack D
  181. Anon[982] • Disclaimer says:
    @Steve Sailer

    Yes, Harvard does have a lot of money, in the 40-odd billion endowment range. But they spend in the high 4 billions every year just for the operating expenses for the school. The math says they HAVE to earn 10% in income from their endowment just to break even and keep from having to draw down it down. Their spending keeps climbing, and it’s close to 5 billion a year right now.

    Making 10% year after year is doing extremely well investment-wise, and no one should count on it long-term. It’s very unlikely. Thus Harvard HAS to have generous donors just to keep their endowment from being run down.

    Harvard does not make any attempt to cut its costs or run a tight ship. Spending almost 5 billion a year to read a freaking college is ridiculous.

    • Replies: @Anonymous
  182. slumber_j says:
    @Jack D

    I have no idea, but that makes sense. Anyway, you seem to know a lot more than I do about this.

  183. res says:
    @Jack D

    Agreed, but I think you will notice that none of that counters my actual point about how ridiculous taking the Ivy League brand at face value for indicating intellectual excellence is in the current year. Though it probably is still quite good at indicating “this person is intellectually capable relative to what is typical for those possessing their other attributes” which, thinking about it some more, is probably good enough for most people using the metric.

    The interesting questions with respect to your brand deterioration point are things like:
    - How much can product quality deteriorate before causing damage?
    - What are the time constants involved?
    - How much can marketing counter this?

    • Replies: @Desiderius
  184. res says:
    @slumber_j

    But applying from New York City doesn’t help, and the College’s increasingly open war on White Privilege and even generalized elitism[!] doesn’t bode well.

    Agreed.

    I do know a lot of people who went there and nevertheless had their perfectly worthy children denied admission.

    This helps substantiate your initial concern. As I mentioned in a response to Jack D, it would be interesting to see how legacy status interacts with other variables with respect to admissions percentages.

    Could you be a little more precise? Are you talking about more not getting in than were admitted? What would be the rough admit/reject percentages for legacies you know in a similar demographic category? The legacy admission rate of 34% I linked to above is probably a good baseline. I am assuming (without reasonable cause perhaps) that a decent proportion of the 66% rejected were not worthy.

    Then again the son of a couple of Ur-WASP friends who married after Harvard and live on the Upper East Side did get in a few years ago–out of Hotchkiss, no less. So maybe you’re right.

    The Hotchkiss wikipedia page makes it look like a good track to Harvard. Am I missing something?

    Was there anything else going on with their son (athlete, parents movers and shakers, especially smart, etc.) that might have influenced his admission?

    • Replies: @Desiderius
    , @Anonymous
  185. Anonymous[350] • Disclaimer says:
    @res

    The thing that confounds all of this is that many legacies (those whose antecedents were admitted on merit at least) are likely to be smart in the first place.

    Uh, yeah, smart AND wealthy (with the educational oops that affords). Do you mean people aren’t controlling for those variables?

    • Replies: @res
  186. @The preferred nomenclature is...

    How about this Twinkie…. See how simple that was

    How about this? We keep Twinkie, regardless of changes going forward. See how simple that was?

  187. @dr kill

    Is that possible? most semesters are 17 or 18 units of work. And that’s a lot if it includes stuff like organic chemistry and physics.

    45 credits… does that mean units? There wouldn’t be time in the day for all the classes.

    but, of course, giving students that much to learn is wasteful. Better they do 1/2 that and actually master the material, even at the med school level.

    • Replies: @dr kill
  188. Art Deco says:
    @Anon

    I doubt they actually had to. Under circumstances where conditions are present and enforced, the grant money pipeline is an excuse to do what they wanted to do anyway. The religious orders no longer have the manpower to run institutions of higher education, Catholics who make it to confession once a year number maybe 6 million so aren’t much of a pool from which to build a faithful lay teacher corps, and the residue in the religious orders is shot through with homosexuals. There are 200-odd institutions which have a Catholic heritage; the number whose curriculum, ceremonial, and disciplinary practice is informed by that might just make it into two-digits. Or it might not.

    • Agree: Desiderius
  189. ATBOTL says:

    The really interesting question is what’s going to happen to the anti-white, Jewish and Asian dominated elite colleges as the nationalist movement grows and totally replaces the dying boomer cuck right.

    Harvard, Yale etc. are going to come under sustained attack by nationalist forces. These institutions are some of the most hated in the nationalist movement.

    • Replies: @Lot
    , @Anonymous
  190. @Buzz Mohawk

    “Sure Harvard is great.“

    I’m not.

    Superfluous caveats are unmanly.

    • Replies: @SteveM
  191. @res

    Nouveau status is frowned on, even for legacies unless there are prospects for a seven-figure gift in there somewhere (inching toward eight).

    Best have a family name that goes back at least a century, preferably three.

    • Replies: @res
  192. @res

    “intellectually capable”

    Capable of what?

    Doesn’t matter how fast that hamster can spin its wheel.

    • Replies: @res
  193. @JohnnyWalker123

    Gold chains sure looks to be beating low energy handily. A functioning set of balls turned out to matter.

  194. GU says:
    @JimB

    “Crap neighborhood”

    Hyde Park is actually pretty nice these days. It’s still surrounded by crap neighbirhoods, and annoyingly far from the best neighborhoods in Chicago. But Hyde Park itself ain’t so bad.

  195. @Twinkie

    There are four times as many Presbyterians in South Korea than there are in the US, and most of the Korean ones act like the US ones did back when we used to run the joint.

    High character, high competence.

  196. Dave Pinsen says: • Website
    @JimB

    Billionaires are usually hugely successful entrepreneurs. An Ivy League degree is a disincentive to pursuing entrepreneurship, because it opens doors to high paying jobs at big firms.

  197. sabril says:
    @Yojimbo/Zatoichi

    Anti-semites have this fantasy that Jewish people like to follow WASPS around. That there are summer resorts which made the mistake of admitting Jews; that the Jews drove out the WASPS and then lost interest in the resort once the WASPS were gone. Nobody has ever been able to provide evidence for this fantasy though.

  198. @Jack D

    The fact that the President of Harvard or Yale is named Levin instead of Lowell doesn’t change anything as far as their level of condescension to the unwashed masses.

    Maybe, but speaking as one of the unwashed masses, I can say that I’d rather be callously ruled over by people of my own tribe than callously ruled over by people of another tribe. Hell, most people would prefer poor rulers from their own tribe over good rulers from another tribe. The British colonial experience proves that, as do the black voters in D.C.

    • Replies: @Desiderius
    , @Jack D
  199. JimB says:
    @dr kill

    I’ve been told that he curriculum for all four-year medical schools is highly standardized — same textbooks, lectures, labs, and hospital rounds. The point of this is so every patient will, in principle, receive the same standard of care. I suspect the benefit of graduating from Harvard Med School is realized when you apply for post graduate fellowships to learn a specialty. Harvard grads are more likely to become pediatric surgeons at John Hopkins. Grads from last ranked Howard University are more likely to end up as GPs, obstetricians, and proctologists at the Famila Clinica Gratuita.

    • Replies: @Brutusale
  200. JimB says:
    @Dave Pinsen

    Good point. Which is why Harvard’s army of loyal alumni insiders are so important to their endowment.

  201. SteveM says:
    @Desiderius

    “Sure Harvard is great.“

    I’m not.

    Superfluous caveats are unmanly.

    American Elites use academic pedigrees as proxies for genuine wisdom and insight. Inculcated with arrogance, hubris and conceit Harvard graduates and faculty have parachuted into Washington and Wall Street for decades where they proceeded to wreck businesses and entire economies, formulate and implement social programs with pathological unintended consequences and hatch foreign subversion and perpetual wars that have cost the taxpayers TRILLIONS.

    If somebody tells you he/she is from the Kennedy School with advice, run away.

    Better we listen to the chastened Harvard rejects who graduated from Haverford and Swarthmore with a note of humility.

    P.S. Note that the Harvard graduates and their fellow Elite cognoscenti always walk away rich from their wreckage. How convenient…

  202. JimB says:
    @Buzz Mohawk

    The reason you go is not to learn but to join the club of assholes who run our country…

    …into the ground.

  203. @Twinkie

    “So, the Ivies are no better than state universities, but some state universities are better than other state universities?”

    He neither said nor implied any such thing.

    You clearly know nothing of those state flagship schools which were precisely founded to be the local equivalents of Harvard and Yale – the University of Michigan or UC Berkeley, for example.

    I know from my own family history that both were immediately accepted as such by Harvard and Yale men who found themselves in California, and with numerous children to educate. Berkeley was the place they first looked, and still did well into the post-War period. I’m talking about people who went West from the 1850s to the 1880s. The Johnnie-come-latelies of the Gilded Age did tend to look to Stanford – founded as it was by a crook not unlike themselves.

    • Agree: Autochthon
    • Replies: @Twinkie
  204. Anonymous[218] • Disclaimer says:
    @Anon

    When did you go to high school? The Jewish quotas were dropped in the early 1960′s, weren’t they?

  205. Anonymous[218] • Disclaimer says:
    @Peter Akuleyev

    Are you referring to Jared Kushner’s entry into Harvard as a model of meritocracy in action? Because even before he shot to fame for being Trump’s son-in-law, he was famous for the getting into Harvard with the help of a hefty donation and help from politicians connected to his father. Teachers at his high school have said that there were more qualified applicants in his year who didn’t get in.

  206. @Twinkie

    As it happens, I knew well (and in some cases intimately) just about all of the founders of Thomas Aquinas College, from the religious, the academic, and the financial points of view, particularly the latter, the college’s biggest donor (at least for the foundational period) having known my father and his brothers from the time they were all students at Loyola High School in Los Angeles. I continually meet graduates of the place.

    I would just say this: if your daughters have any tendency to self-regard, then don’t send them there. It turns out, enough at least for a pattern to be observable, priggish, self-satisfied know-it-alls, few of whom actually know much more than a smattering of the Great Books curriculum, liberally spiced with post-Vatican II faux Catholicism.

    Worst of all, they often end up as willing tools of Opus Dei. You really don’t want that for your children.

    • Replies: @Twinkie
  207. 3g4me says:
    @Buzz Mohawk

    @45 Buzz Mohawk: “I guess it depends on one’s personality and where one’s brass is located. I own my own business now. It was in my nature to judge Mr. Garten and his school . . . A college is a business and needs customers.”

    Once again, Buzz, you are my favorite commenter here. Solid American common sense, self respect, and self reliance radiate from your words. Regardless of where you went to school, it sounds as though you lived the life you chose based on your values, not what others told you to value. And the fact that today a college IS a business is almost forgotten by most, who are addled by the faux mystique of “branding.” Mention of my 7 Sisters’ school either brings unwarranted admiration, or vague queries like “That’s a teacher’s college, right?” Had I a daughter, she would be forbidden to apply to the now vile institution. And my years in Singapore strongly support your thesis that Asians are, by and large, hugely conformist and social climbers (whether in their own country or as immigrants). The kiasu principle – never let anyone get ahead of you – always holds.

    • Replies: @Buzz Mohawk
  208. @Dave Pinsen

    Don’t know about that. Six of the eight ivies accounted for 16% of the Forbes top 400 billionaires. Ballpark the other two, and you have ~20% of top billionaires coming from the Ivy League. Obviously, that number is a bit higher if you include drop-outs from Harvard.

    That seems like one of Steve’s glass half full/half empty stats. Twenty percent is a lot for eight schools, but it’s only 20%. Ten colleges accounted for 26% of the billionaires. That’s quite a bit. Btw, UPenn was the clear leader with Harvard being in the middle of the pack. Better to enjoy the nice weather at Stanford or USC. Only one public school – Michigan – in the top 10.

    https://www.forbes.com/sites/denizcam/2017/10/17/the-10-schools-that-mint-the-most-u-s-billionaires/#2bcc454f4d52

    • Replies: @Dave Pinsen
  209. @Peter Akuleyev

    Depends on both who you are and what you want out of Harvard.

    If you are a member of the old Wasp elite, who went, say, and like his father and maybe even grandfather before him, to Groton first, and then to Harvard College, then you have completed the essential steps. What happens next is not socially important, and if you are of a family rooted enough in its ancestral territory, not likely to be important financially either.

    But if you are from nowhere, then Harvard Business or Law School is not merely desirable, but essential, at least if you want a measure of social acceptance from the old guard.

  210. 3g4me says:
    @Anonymous

    @110 Anonymous [337]: “People who’ve attended the better schools know (among other things) that the workload alone would crush most beasts of burden. Sure, you make friends, particularly if you’re the type of student who’s not focused on grades and test scores. But you also learn. A lot.”

    I beg to differ. Although I certainly treasure the classic liberal arts education I received, and although I learned a lot and worked fairly hard, I was no swotter – nor were most of my schoolmates. My relatives and friends at Harvard, in comparison, did almost no work during the semester and then spent their month of exam prep (MONTH!! We had FOUR DAYS!!) to learn all the material. When they came to visit our 7 Sisters’ school, they were amazed at how many people were busy writing papers all the time.

    Ivy undergrad degrees are not at all impressive to me. Graduate degrees from those institutions appear to have more substance, along with the still over-valued brand name.

  211. @Jack D

    [S]ee every American car company. in the 1970s….

    FTFY

  212. res says:
    @Desiderius

    So you don’t think there is any difference between having a technical conversation with someone with an IQ around 130 and someone with an IQ around 100? What kind of background do you have? You come across as a smart guy from the comments, but I don’t get this one. I understand that academic measures of intelligence correspond imperfectly with ability to do things requiring intelligence in the real world, but the correspondence is not that bad (e.g. see Army research behind the AFQT).

    • Replies: @Desiderius
  213. res says:
    @Desiderius

    Is this a reality based observation (i.e. do you have data and/or significant personal experience showing it) or just an opinion? FWIW, I suspect there is some truth in it, but would really like to see evidence.

    • Replies: @Desiderius
  214. 3g4me says:
    @27 year old

    @138 27 year old: “Yes, but they’re not our universities.

    HY are selecting rulers of a conquered territory, not leaders among a free people.”

    Point, game, set, and match.

    I already glanced at Jack D’s utterly predictable reply to you – Jews, like Asians, are big believers in branding = quality. Whether true or not, branding /= American, which has a quality all its own.

  215. @Citizen of a Silly Country

    Except Lowell doesn’t consider you a member of his tribe and hasn’t for over seventy years.

  216. Jack D says:
    @res

    I don’t know the details of the theater business well enough to comment on the exact % that the box office holds back but I am pretty sure that (just like luxury hotels) they do hold back a certain # just in case a VIP should happen to show up – the potential loss of goodwill from failing to kowtow to a VIP is worse than the loss of revenue from an empty seat. If too many VIPs show up, then they may have to scrounge to get some of their own tickets back from, e.g. cast members who are given a certain # of tickets.

    Airlines don’t bother because they will just bump some poor shnook back to coach or off the plane and if he doesn’t comply the cops will drag him off the plane.

  217. @res

    Insignificant personal experience.

    That said, the curve of history bends toward long-lived and well-regarded families, and should.

    They’re the human equivalent of the great cathedrals.

    • Replies: @Jack D
  218. Jack D says:
    @slumber_j

    I do know a lot of people who went there and nevertheless had their perfectly worthy children denied admission.

    As has been explained elsewhere in this thread, being a legacy raises your odds but 2 or more out of 3 of legacies are still denied. This seems bad but not as bad as non-legacies, where 95%+ are denied.

    If you do the math, Harvard’s OVERALL reject rate is over 94% BUT, the admit rate for certain groups (legacies, athletes, blacks, etc. is much higher (and the set aside groups add up to maybe 1/2 of the available seats). Therefore if you are just a garden variety white person (or even worse, an Asian) without any “hooks”, then your chances of rejection are not 94%, they are even higher, maybe 97%. You might as well buy a lottery ticket as pay the app fee.

  219. @res

    My understanding is that general success tops out around 125 IQ. Plus the Ivies are in the clutches of some pretty bad dudes presently.

    In general, our current meritocracy massively overselects for abstract thinking capacity (thus missing the concrete as well as those most capable of integrating the two) with that selection consisting of uprooting those selected from the family, community, and cultural ties that are crucial to both developing that concrete aptitude and general success in working effectively with other human beings.

    Also understanding high character, let alone developing it.

    So yeah, enjoy that high g, too bad you turned out to be retarded at everything that matters.

    • Replies: @Jack D
    , @res
    , @Lot
  220. Jack D says:
    @Citizen of a Silly Country

    British colonial experience proves that, as do the black voters in D.C.

    Absolutely, and that’s why Zimbabwe today is like a real life Wakanda and SE DC is a paradise. White nationalists should learn from this and make their cities and countries just as great by privileging race over competence.

  221. Jack D says:
    @Desiderius

    My understanding is that general success tops out around 125 IQ

    Then your understanding is wrong. The correlation between IQ and success never turns negative at any value – it’s like being rich – you can never be too rich. People, due to “sour grapes”, WANT to believe that somehow there is a price to be paid for being too rich or too smart (and there is to some extent, but the benefits generally outweigh the costs). For every guy like Bobby Fischer whose high intelligence came at the price of being as crazy as a loon, there are 5 von Neumanns who are both smart AND well adjusted.

    • Replies: @Desiderius
  222. dr kill says:
    @stillCARealist

    8 hours of lecture a day plus Saturday mornings.

  223. Jimi says:
    @JohnnyWalker123

    A good way to evaluate dysfunctional clannish behavior among different ethnic groups is to ask the following question:

    If a person of a certain ethnic group found out his cousin was involved in a scheme to defraud widow’s of their pensions would he report his cousin to the law?

    Northern Europeans would. Ethnic whites and assimilated Jews would do so as well.

    I suspect Arabs, Hasidim Jews, South Asians, and most Muslims would not.

    What would East Asians do?

    • Replies: @Anonymous
  224. Jack D says:
    @Desiderius

    That said, the curve of history bends toward long-lived and well-regarded families

    Exactly. That’s why Facebook is run by a Washington and Apple is run by a Franklin and the POTUS in 2018 is still a Madison.

    • Replies: @Desiderius
  225. @Anon

    Harvard’s ROI was huge in the decade leading up to the crash, and weak since then.

    I don’t know what’s going on. Perhaps it’s a little bit like a baseball player who was a superstar up until PEDs testing got strong and has only been a normal player since.

  226. @WowJustWow

    The funny part about that scene, is Larry claims to be a member of the Council of Conservative Citizens. At that time (and very likely today as well), the CofCC was regarded as a so-called “hate group” by the SPLC and others of that ilk. It was kind of an interesting choice to appear in the script, although the person who put it in may have been unaware of the ideological orientation of the Council.

  227. @Jack D

    I don’t think “we’ll-adjusted” really captures what we’re driving at.

    • Replies: @Anonymous
  228. @Jack D

    Those are not the family names I was talking about, nor those putative accomplishments much to brag about.

    • Replies: @Jack D
  229. @Twinkie

    What spurious logic. As Mr. Mohawk replies, the fellow paying the other fellow is the customer, be the second party ever so wealthy and without need of the custom. Do you believe for a moment Giuliani needs – or even much wants – Trump’s money, or that a neurosurgeon needs any given patient’s? That even the owner or manager McDonald’s on the corner really gives a hoot if I never come in again, or that my absence will dent their profits? Of course not, but in each case the one provides a service to the customer (client, patient, patron – call it what you want) for goods or services rendered. Don’t be silly. You’re history here shows you are sharper than that (I mean it with goodwill and sincerely).

    • Replies: @res
    , @Twinkie
  230. res says:
    @Anonymous

    In the graphic I linked legacy appeared in model 2 while model 1 already had academics. So that side (smart) is covered, at least in that set of models.

    On the other hand, I don’t think they explicitly controlled for wealth. Nor do I recall seeing any admissions models which do so. It would be interesting to see how significant a variable that would be. Do you know of any models which look at that?

  231. res says:
    @Desiderius

    My understanding is that general success tops out around 125 IQ.

    What Jack D said. This is a popular meme, but it does not withstand close examination. If you like studies and data the SMPY is a great place to start (I can give more specific pointers if you are interested).

    From an intuitive point of view, I think the simple explanation is that the normal distribution falls off so quickly above ~2SD (130 IQ) that people around your 125-130 level tend to be very well represented in fields where IQ helps but is not the be all and end all (contrast theoretical physics) because there are so many more of them (about 2% of people are over 130 IQ, about 0.1% of people are over 145 IQ, so ~20x difference). The greater number gives more chances at good luck both in life events and in the presence of non-IQ specific skills which also matter. There is also an argument based on the idea that the best leaders are within an SD or two of their followers’ IQs.

    Plus the Ivies are in the clutches of some pretty bad dudes presently.

    Yes. Intellectual capability is not everything.

    In general, our current meritocracy massively overselects for abstract thinking capacity (thus missing the concrete as well as those most capable of integrating the two) with that selection consisting of uprooting those selected from the family, community, and cultural ties that are crucial to both developing that concrete aptitude and general success in working effectively with other human beings.

    Well said. I would emphasize the loss of ability to understand, empathize, and work with other non-”elite” human beings.

    Though I do have some qualms about calling what they select for “abstract thinking.” That is certainly true in the disconnected from reality sense, but it tends not to be very rigorous for many. For those it is more just a matter of putting fancy words together in a forceful fashion that convinces people who don’t know any better.

    So yeah, enjoy that high g, too bad you turned out to be retarded at everything that matters.

    Not sure how to take this. Do you care to be more explicit?

    • Replies: @Desiderius
    , @Jack D
  232. res says:
    @Autochthon

    Based on the other conversations stemming from that comment, I think Twinkie’s point has some merit. If you read those other conversations, do you still disagree?

    The key element I see is the presence of competition. On both the supply and demand sides. A Harvard education is in limited supply and unavailable on any secondary market (unlike virtually any tangible good, though a top end neurosurgeon is a decent analogy). On the other hand, the demand for a Harvard education is immense (and AFAICT far less substitutable for many people than it should be).

    • Replies: @Autochthon
    , @Twinkie
  233. Brutusale says:
    @Duke of Qin

    This.

    I’ve been agnostic about the influx of Chinese, figuring that they’d probably be a better brand of immigrant when compared to the Africans, Middle Easterners and South Americans. My experience over the past 1 1/2 years consulting for a multination corporate division with an 80% Asian, mostly Chinese, workforce, along with just observing the recent horde that’s found its way to my little town, has convinced me that they’re just as destructive to American society as any Somali.

    • Replies: @Lot
  234. Lot says:

    Alternative asset classes like farmland, jr loans, and hedge funds outperformed the stock market for a long time in the 90s and 00s, but underperformed since then.

  235. Lot says:
    @Brutusale

    Your statement is contradicted by the objective evidence showing NE Asians cause low crime, good schools, and high property values.

    • Replies: @Brutusale
  236. @res

    “There is also an argument based on the idea that the best leaders are within an SD or two of their followers’ IQs.”

    Yes, also exacerbated by the fashion for “flatter” org structures.

    How to take it?

    In a nutshell our current selection process precludes the brightest from being the best.

  237. Lot says:
    @ATBOTL

    “Harvard, Yale etc. are going to come under sustained attack by nationalist forces. These institutions are some of the most hated in the nationalist movement.”

    If so, they are wrong. Elitism, tradition and high standards are conservative values. As are the legacy and athlete preferences the schools maintain.

    The problem with Big Ed is the bottom half of colleges that probably shouldn’t exist, and wouldn’t exist outside of massive federal subsidies.

    Harvard and Yale train and educate many fine patriotic conservatives like Alito and Brett K., and employ many great scientists and scholars.

    Compare them to the gigantic, mostly NAM, mostly sub 100-IQ Cal State schools, which are gigantic boondoggles for the far left faculty and staff and 4 to 7 year vacations for the majority of NAM students on the federal pell grant and student “loan” welfare dole. Think of Pablo “They” Gomez, the nutcase Lesbian Penthouse Window Jumper who had a $400,000 fake job, the Muslima professor who posted celebratory tweets when Barbara Bush died.

    • Replies: @ATBOTL
  238. Brutusale says:
    @JimB

    Harvard grads are more likely to become pediatric surgeons at Mass General.

    Baltimore?! Really?

  239. @Jack D

    That’s not even remotely the same thing.

    There’s a massive difference in the attitude of the Ivy League toward the rest of America over the last 300 years

    Condescending and elitist vs disdaining and genocidal

    • Replies: @Anonymous
  240. Jack D says:
    @Desiderius

    What names and accomplishments were you thinking of?

  241. @res

    Thanks for this data res.

    I’d say this broadly vindicates academic gossip’s claims.

    The key point that confuses is international students. A lot of Asians come to the US to study and get graduate degrees. But that is not the same as the question “are US Asians really kicking ass and taking names?”

    In terms of doctorates, the answer seems to be “a bit”, but not overwhelmingly.

    Looks at a the graphs the answer is–roughly:
    – Engineering 3x–about 15%
    – Math/Compsci 2X — about 10%
    – Physical Sciences <2X — about 8%.

    Note that these are figures versus the whole US population, so lower multiples versus whites. (Though perhaps higher if you limited to white gentiles.) Of course, the fancy Asians and upcaste Indians alone would have higher multiples than these numbers.

    Still the numbers suggest that US Asians are actually *underperforming* their Harvard numbers. And they are clearly not performing to the level of "my son should be in Harvard!" that's the basis for these lawsuits.

    None of this is surprising, because Asians are grinders and have test preped the SAT to death. But actual inovation while certainly entailing lots of hard work, also involves actual insight and creativity which are not captured by HS grades and test-prepped SAT scores.

    My rough take is US fancy Asians outperform US whites substantially–3X maybe–at the lower, grinding levels of STEM, but perhaps only at 2X or less when it comes to actual move-the-ball forward contributions.

  242. Brutusale says:
    @Lot

    So do Indians. So do Jews. Hey, so do gays. I just know that I have a new slant on things when I leave my laptop on the table while hitting the restroom.

    The local stores have seen quite the uptick in “shrinkage” over the past few years. I’ll leave it as an exercise for the student as to which demographic has been invading the area.

    The tearing of society’s fabric doesn’t always make a lot of noise. Death by 1.2 billion cuts.

    • Replies: @Anonymous
  243. Veracitor says:

    I don’t know if anyone is still reading after 232+ comments here, but one big problem with Harvard’s admissions goes beyond “brand management” and casual racism. That problem is out-and-out common-law fraud.

    Harvard charges $75 to process each undergraduate application (Harvard also requires applicants to purchase standard tests (ACT, SAT) and to devote time and effort to writing their applications and to gathering recommendations).

    Harvard explicitly promises to evaluate each application fairly, using these words exactly: “The University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, ancestry, disability, or other protected status in the administration of its educational policies, admission policies, scholarship and loan programs, athletic, social, recreational and other University-administered programs.” (link) Harvard and its contractors also promulgate a large number of similar related assertions and promises.

    The evidence provided by Harvard in the pending “anti-Asian discrimination case” against Harvard reveals that Harvard has been collecting all those $75 application fees by fraud. Harvard discriminates drastically on the bases of “race, color… national origin, ancestry, etc.” while advertising and promising not to do that, for the express purpose of inducing applicants to tender fees to Harvard for services (a non-racist admissions process) that Harvard does not and never intended to deliver.

    I don’t know whether the current plaintiffs had the wit to add causes of action for fraud and so-forth to their case, but a class-action lawsuit on behalf of all applicants defauded of $75 and other costs by Harvard would be a good idea.

    Perhaps as a private school Harvard should be free to discriminate in any manner in the interest of managing its brand. However, Harvard has no right to trick prospective customers (applicants) into paying Harvard’s application fees by lying about how it will evaluate those. If Harvard wants to “manage its brand” by imposing admissions quotas for Asians and Blacks and so-on, it should clearly say so– even if that causes fewer people to waste their money applying.

    • Agree: Autochthon
  244. @Buzz Mohawk

    It’s some sort of quite clever verbal judo move that the Jews–a people whose very existence as a separate people is a testament to their*rejection* of detribalizing Western Christendom and keeping themselves rigorously separate by religion, marriage, language and culture–has been able to con a lot of US whites with the narrative that some elite WASPs keeping Jews out of their own country clubs or limiting–not even excluding, just *limiting*–Jewish numbers at their private universities, was somehow a big deal, a crime, “evil”. Pot/kettle.

    Seriously it wasn’t even “unfair”, and life is unfair.

    I guess you can do a lot just by repeating your talking points ad infinitum for 80 years. That or we are a bunch of goyische kopfs to swallow their ridicilous nonsense.

    • Replies: @Jack D
  245. Jack D says:
    @res

    I think the way to think about it is this:

    The average IQ at MIT is probably somewhere around D’s supposed success peak of 125 if not higher, so half the class is above and half below. Which half of the class do you think is more successful later in life? What are the odds that it is the below 125 IQ half?

    What may throw some people off is that in the upper half, there are a few very strange, spergy people like Grigori Perelman who are never going to have material success because they are anti-social. I can understand that some of the ultra-smart don’t really have patience for the stupidity of the world – to them, every day must be like being stuck in a home for the retarded. But they are not typical. There are also a lot of people who are both stupid AND strange.

    • Replies: @res
  246. Anon[334] • Disclaimer says:
    @Anon

    One even stranger thing is that 2017 was an easy year to make money in. The DOW just went straight up about 5000-odd points, and had no big drops at all. All you had to do was buy and hold. You can be excused for losing money in 2016 and 2018, but 2017 was a slam-dunk easy earner. I wouldn’t be surprised if someone had been dipping in the till.

  247. @Charles Erwin Wilson II

    I’m cool with that if all the rest of my simple solutions are followed.

    See. Simple. I’m easy that way.

    Diversity is NOT strength.

    • Replies: @Anonymous
  248. Anonymous[234] • Disclaimer says:

    Imagine an American academic trying to explain “lopping” and “Z-lists” to a colleague at a French university where admissions decisions are made by a computer via a rank-ordered list of standardized test scores. I’ve never seen an article more representative of the state of America in 2018: a mess of cronyism, classism, race and gender-based spoils, all under cover of the most inane bureaucratic horseshit known to man.

    • Replies: @Steve Sailer
    , @Jack D
    , @res
  249. Anonymous[337] • Disclaimer says:
    @res

    Good point–I would agree that it varies considerably by major, and I could probably have better qualified my observations in that regard. FWIW, speed readers probably have an advantage. But I wonder if undergraduate courses are still assigning hundreds of pages of reading for the next class–and I’m talking liberal arts!

  250. Anonymous[337] • Disclaimer says:
    @res

    As others have observed, legacy status isn’t what it once was. Simply way too many legacies out there. I believe the good ones are now called “development” candidates. It’s a matter of degree, or you could say an order of magnitude.

    • Replies: @Hallie Scott Kline
  251. Anonymous[337] • Disclaimer says:
    @27 year old

    FWIW, I don’t think they were even particularly condescending in that earlier epoch, at least not in the common conception of the word. Now the leadership is simply part and parcel of the tiny ruling tribe deliberately excluding what was, until they changed it, the vast majority of the nation.

  252. Jack D says:
    @AnotherDad

    We’ve had this argument many times before but it make a lot of unstated (and wrong) assumptions – e.g. that Harvard belonged (“their own”) to the white Christian race when it hasn’t been a sectarian school for centuries and accepted (even in the ’20s) all sorts of taxpayer help (part of which was paid for by Jewish taxpayers). Also, to extent that there are Jewish affiliated universities (not much, while the Catholics had quite a few), they (e.g. Brandeis) have never had a quota for non-Jews the way Harvard had a (secret) quota for Jews.

    “keeping themselves rigorously separate by religion, marriage, language and culture”

    Are you saying that the Jews are not entitled to their own religion ? Isn’t that a basic constitutional right? As for marriage, language and culture, these (except for a small Orthodox minority) were pretty much one or two generation things as they were for a lot of immigrants. Most American Jews speak less Yiddish than the typical iSteve commenter (though y’all have to work on conjugation – goy is singular, goyim is the plural, goys is not a word). The culture of most American Jews is more or less indistinguishable from their neighbors. And the majority are (nowadays) marrying people of other faiths.

  253. Anonymous[337] • Disclaimer says:
    @Peter Akuleyev

    That was indeed funny, but come on. Even Harvard has some decent grads.

  254. @Desiderius

    Doesn’t matter. He’s a part of my tribe whether he likes it or not. He and his kind will relearn the lessons of history. White hubris is a product of the amazing success of whites from 1500 to 1965. That’s a long time to be kicking other people’s asses. Gets people to thinking that their shit don’t stink.

    Well, it does.

    Tribalism is making a comeback, as nature dictates. The Lowell-types will need to start making a choice: My tribe or no tribe. It won’t be hard to figure out the best route. Lowell may hate me, but his kids or grandkids will either stand by my side or they will be non-existent or part of another tribe vis breeding. Either way, he’s the past.

    It’s only been 55 years since the U.S. government started this multi-everything crusade. And, really, it only ramped up 20 to 30 years ago. It’s already starting to show cracks. What happens in another 30 years.

    People don’t like to be ruled over by other tribes – correctly.

    Maybe, I’m wrong. I mean, California and Texas seem to function and that’s our future. But multi-ethnic – much less multi-racial – societies have never worked in the past. Why should they work now.

    • Replies: @Desiderius
    , @Corvinus
  255. @Anonymous

    But which colleges do rich parents in Seoul and Shanghai want to send their kids to: American or French?

    • Replies: @Anonymous
    , @Twinkie
  256. Veracitor says:
    @stillCARealist

    It’s English slang for a drinking-to-excess party.

    • Replies: @stillCARealist
  257. Anonymous[337] • Disclaimer says:
    @res

    Will someone please tell me why ‘hot clubs’ haven’t yet become a focus of SJW campaigns? You just know SJWs are wildly over-represented among those turned away for lack of hotness, and if one of the spergy types here demands a citation for that I will point out that they just provided one ;)

    • Replies: @Anonymous
  258. @res

    I take your points but I stand by mine. Arguably, we’ve simply different, irreconcilable understandings of the definitions involved. Perhaps it would be clearer to use the terms buyer and seller rather than customer.

    That a seller may happen to be in a position to be selective, even downright exclusionary or snobbish, does not change be fact that his customer is the fellow paying for the good or service. I pay $5,000.00 for a charitable raffle with the get to meet Joe Satriani for dinner, a guitar lesson, etc. Well, the guy could spend all day every day until he dies doing that for fawning fans. He can certainly pick and choose who (if anyone at all) to bestow his time upon this way. Is he then my customer? As the Donald might say: “Somebody is doing the customering!” (Presumably.)

    A hyper exclusive restaurant run by Gordon Ramsay only accepts reservations from the bold and the beautiful. Indeed, one applies for the reservation with a non-refundable fee and the understanding Ramsay may or may not have you based upon how hip he thinks you are. Are the actresses and politicians able to get a table the restaurants customers or not? Surely he isn’t their customer, is he? If so, how?

    Anyway it’s not very interesting and I’ve bored myself writing this so it’s almost certainly boring reading.

    • Replies: @res
  259. Anonymous[337] • Disclaimer says:
    @res

    Fun graphic, but it would be even more fun if it dared to account for the JQ.

    Q as in Quotient of course.

    And ‘fun’ as in ‘informative’…

    • Replies: @res
  260. @Jack D

    White nationalists should learn from this and make their cities and countries just as great by privileging race over competence.

    False dilemma.

    Unlike in a blacktopia, whites can exclusively privilege racial whiteness and enjoy an abundance of competence in an overwhelmingly white milieu.

  261. @Jack D

    The culture of most American Jews is more or less indistinguishable from their neighbors. And the majority are (nowadays) marrying people of other faiths.

    But they are still Jews and think of themselves as such. They are a distinct people, even if they incorporate others. I know couples who are Jewish and gentile. Guess how they raise their kids?

    Regardless, so long as Jews see themselves as a distinct people and who ask the simple – and correct – question, “Is it good for the Jews,” instead of, “Is it good for the whites,” then they are a separate tribe and should be treated as such.

    If you have a problem, it is not with AnotherDad, but with your fellow Jews who refuse to see gentile whites as their cousins. You are not of my tribe because your leaders have choosen to be on your own,; therefore, I wish you and your tribe well so long as it doesn’t hurt my tribe.

    Unfortunately, your tribe – or, at least, its leaders* – are trying to destroy mine. Why wouldn’t I hate you? Why wouldn’t I want to fight back?

    *Leaders are the same as the rank and file. We didn’t leave Dresden alone because the rank-and-file Germans “really liked” Americans.

  262. Anonymous[337] • Disclaimer says:
    @The preferred nomenclature is...

    A small number of Jews or Asians isn’t going to ruin your country. Unless they practice what Steve calls “ethnic nepotism” and insinuate themselves into positions of power from which they exclude others and begin to supplant the core population of the country with third-world refuse, in order essentially to turn the country into an endless civil war of tribe against tribe. That wouldn’t be cool.

  263. Anonymous[337] • Disclaimer says:
    @ATBOTL

    The really interesting question is what’s going to happen to the anti-white, Jewish and Asian dominated elite colleges as the nationalist movement grows and totally replaces the dying boomer cuck right.

    Well since what you call ‘the nationalist movement’ is chiefly a figment of your imagination, we don’t really have to concern ourselves with such an eventuality.

    Remember Hart-Celler? It killed your nascent movement some time ago.

  264. Anonymous[337] • Disclaimer says:
    @Jack D

    White nationalists should learn from this and make their cities and countries just as great

    Which cities and countries are those, pray tell?

  265. Anonymous[337] • Disclaimer says:
    @Desiderius

    You are correct, and 125 is probably around the ideal figure. Well over that and (aside from certain technical fields) there is indeed a negative correlation, and moreover serious social dislocation (which, again, matters less for tech types).

    • Agree: Autochthon
    • Replies: @Anon
    , @res
    , @Jack D
  266. Anonymous[337] • Disclaimer says:
    @Jimi

    For the most part, neither Jews nor Asians would do this. It’s one of many stereotypes they share, and many stereotypes are indeed based on truth. If I had to exclude any subgroup from this scandalous generalisation it would probably be the Japanese.

  267. @Jack D

    Yeah, because Europe ruled by Europeans never amounted to anything.

    You seem a decent fellow, but you can’t seem to step outside of yourself, which shouldn’t be surprising given your lineage. It’s all about tribe.

    And for that I say, “Thank you.” It’s not about the argument; it’s about winning points for your tribe.

    Intellectual arguments are an intra-tribal thing.* God, I was a child. I can’t thank you enough for helping me grow up.

    *Obviously, we’re not talking STEM discussions. If you ever want to talk about investing, I’m all ears.

    • Replies: @Anonymous
  268. Anonymous[337] • Disclaimer says:
    @Brutusale

    The tearing of society’s fabric doesn’t always make a lot of noise.

    That’s a very good line, and it’s worth remembering that there are many worthwhile values in a society besides test scores, crime rates and even home valuations. Well, there used to be.

  269. @Jack D

    There’s brand management and then there’s the law. All the stuff that Harvard is doing would be a lot less problematic if there wasn’t a 50+ year effort by the Federal government to outlaw racial discrimination.

    I’m not the lawyer here–and certainly don’t know all the ins and outs of how the super-state is muscling around universities.

    But even i know that this “50+ year effort” by the Feds has not been to outlaw “racial discrimination” by pushing for a test based meritocracy. LOL.

    The plain fact is Harvard admissions do not “discriminate against Asians” in the broadest sense. Rather Harvard’s admissions process discriminates for Asians. They are admitted at something like 4X their population share. It’s just that Harvard does not discriminate in favor of Asians, enough, to satisfy various Asian groups. Or relative to how a bunch of people–like you–think that Harvard’s admissions process ought to operate.

    But you certainly can’t say Harvard is keeping out Asians or that there process overall has a negative “disparate impact” on Asians.

    What you can say is Harvard’s process doesn’t admit as many Asians as this or that SAT/grade based process that i favor.

    But again even as a non-lawyer, i sure haven’t seen US “discrimination law” the last 50 being a push for color-blind test based “meritocracy”.

    • Replies: @Twinkie
    , @Clyde
    , @anon
  270. anon[348] • Disclaimer says:

    I really hope this lawsuit bust wide open the left’s hypocrisy on race. Liberals are simply the most racist people on earth. To a liberal, everything is about race, yet they insist on calling others racist. What a joke.

    I pray the Asians win this lawsuit and win it big. If Harvard becomes over 40% Asian, good for the Asians. If that ends up bringing down Harvard’s prestige a peg or two, so much the better!

  271. Anonymous[337] • Disclaimer says:
    @AnotherDad

    US fancy Asians outperform US whites substantially–3X maybe–at the lower, grinding levels of STEM, but perhaps only at 2X or less when it comes to actual move-the-ball forward contributions.

    I’d suggest you should compare with “Fancy Whites” then. Remember nearly everyone is white, when they’re committing a crime.

  272. anon[348] • Disclaimer says:
    @Buzz Mohawk

    Chinese immigrants from mainland China may have a kinship towards other mandarin speaking mainland Chinese, but the kinship stops there. Many overseas Chinese have zero affinity towards the mainland Chinese and even disdain them for their poor English skills and crude/pushy manners. The NYT has reported on the Chinese in Singapore who are mainly English speaking despising the mainland Chinese who are moving there in drove.

  273. anon[348] • Disclaimer says:

    Nothing would please me more than to see smug, hypocritical, self-righteous Harvard getting humiliated by being exposed for the racist hypocrites that they are. After 16 years of the Bushobama disaster train, enough with Harvard trained morons running the country to the ground. Time for these smug hypocrites to eat a humble pie.

    • Replies: @Twinkie
  274. Twinkie says:
    @Old Palo Altan

    You clearly know nothing of those state flagship schools

    Clearly not… since I taught at one.

    • Replies: @Old Palo Altan
  275. Anonymous[234] • Disclaimer says:
    @Steve Sailer

    Most of them probably haven’t updated their mental image of Harvard beyond Take Ivy. And I doubt that there will be much room in the freshman class for unwoke 17 year old would-be Gateses or Zuckerbergs any more.

    No more dignified WASPs, no more billionaire-in-the-basement tech geeks, just a bunch of “social justice” hustlers and idiot sons of bigshot Jewish alumni. Reputation isn’t permanent; it needs to be maintained. Beware the Ides of March.

    • Replies: @Steve Sailer
  276. Twinkie says:
    @Anthony Wayne

    Asian-apologist-whitey-hater who lacks theory of mind — How original!

    Totally right. You got me. I hate white people… starting with my wife. And the white half of all my children. And my wife’s folks (I hate them so much that I held my own career in suspense for a while and helped to run their farming business for a few years). And indeed I also hate all my close friends who are – to a man – all white. Because that’s what you do – you become friends, blood-brothers even, with people you really hate. And my demonstrated willingness to take a bullet for them (well, actually, fragmentation) was all just my dastardly and sneaky-chinky plot to ingratiate myself with them, so that – when the time is right – I can stab them in the back. After all, Asians think long-term, right?

    The numbers don’t point to discrimination against Asians either, chief. Anyone with a basic knowledge of the distributions of intelligence and more importantly proportions of the total population can see who admissions is screwing.

    Right again. Caltech – which doesn’t rely on affirmative action to the extent MIT (or Harvard) does – has fewer Asians than the latter, right, Tonto?

    Unrelated, do you have an Anglo first name?

    Got me again. Sure do. Biblical, in fact. You know, because I feign to believe in the white man’s religion in a plot to… you get the point.

  277. @Anonymous

    “Development cases” are applicant files which offer the college an enormous financial windfall or an ongoing financial arrangement that is sizeable, even by the standards of Harvard. Such an applicant may or may not be a legacy.

    • Replies: @Steve Sailer
  278. @Anonymous

    My impression is that if there really is an Inner Party of competent technocrats anywhere who more or less understand their own self-interest, it’s Harvard’s administration. They’ve bet right more often than not over the last 382 years and are pretty good at massaging their message to balance off the ideology of the times while still ruthlessly pursuing Harvard’s self-interest.

  279. Twinkie says:
    @Autochthon

    What spurious logic. As Mr. Mohawk replies, the fellow paying the other fellow is the customer, be the second party ever so wealthy and without need of the custom.

    As I mentioned to Buzz Mohawk, one who pays another for goods or services IS the customer, PROVIDED there is no significant imbalance in the power relationship.

    But when such a disparity exists (legally or by force or by social circumstances), the fact that one provides money to the other party does not make the former the customer. He is instead a supplicant, a tenant, to a rentier.

    Harvard is the rentier here. Most applicants are the supplicants… even though the latter might be paying the former.

    • Replies: @Autochthon
  280. Twinkie says:
    @Old Palo Altan

    I would just say this: if your daughters have any tendency to self-regard, then don’t send them there. It turns out, enough at least for a pattern to be observable, priggish, self-satisfied know-it-alls, few of whom actually know much more than a smattering of the Great Books curriculum, liberally spiced with post-Vatican II faux Catholicism.

    Well, we’ll just have to disagree regarding the personal qualities of the graduates of TAC.

    Worst of all, they often end up as willing tools of Opus Dei. You really don’t want that for your children.

    What’s your problem with Opus Dei?

    • Replies: @Old Palo Altan
  281. Twinkie says:
    @Silva

    At that rate, wouldn’t it be simpler, easier, and better to just marry them off at 18? At least a health-subject degree (from a suitably austere university) might be a Mrs. degree that actually does something useful.

    Real education is not wasted on mothers. Mothers are the first teachers of their children.

    • Replies: @Silva
  282. @Hallie Scott Kline

    I’ve always wondered if some of the “development cases” aren’t insider trading? Trade admission to Harvard for a financial markets tip?

    For example, Rice U. has a big endowment because George R. Brown, the oilfield services king, tipped off his fellow Rice board of trustees members to buy up mineral rights to land in East Texas in 1930 near where his drilling clients were finding some very encouraging geology, which turned out to be the vast East Texas strike. I think insider trading didn’t become illegal for a few more years, so this story is told openly at Rice. But perhaps there are similar stories since then that are just kept more under wraps?

    • Replies: @rob
  283. Twinkie says:
    @Autochthon

    Yeah. The programmers and engineers; the physicians and pharmacists. The graduate students (on daddy’s dime, natch…) who never leave, the professors (who cannot even speak Engrish but are given tenure and fat salaries!) teaching them. The oligarchs buying half of California – and all of Vancouver – for cash. Poor, low-status bastards. Pity the lot of ‘em.

    Indeed, they are so high status here that with all those awesome credentials, they dominate the fake hair shops for black women and dry cleaning shops, groceries, and liquor stores in dodgy neighborhoods. After all, that’s what high status people do in this country, isn’t it?

    Hell, I’ll open a dry cleaner’s tomorrow, as soon as the government lends me the capital on preferred terms because of my epicanthic folds….

    Right, because running a dry cleaning shop is so profitable, high status, and easy on your health. And – newsflash – most Asian-run dry cleaner’s shops were not financed with Uncle Sam’s largesse.

    Yes, there are certain government preference programs for Asians, which – for the record – I loathe, but only a very small fraction of Asians benefit from them.

  284. Twinkie says:
    @res

    On the other hand, the demand for a Harvard education is immense (and AFAICT far less substitutable for many people than it should be).

    For me, the issue is not even that of a supply-demand imbalance. Harvard is essentially a gateway… a dam that restricts water supply downhill, if you will. As I wrote to “Autochthon,” that makes Harvard the rentier-lord and the people paying tuition the tenants-supplicants. That he doesn’t seem to understand the thrust of my argument because he is fixated on the simplistic materialist argument of seller vs. buyers does not speak well of his intellect.

    • Replies: @Anon
    , @res
  285. @Twinkie

    You and Delta Airlines have no imbalance of power? You negotiate the details of your contract with them rather than accepting the boilerplate printed on the ticket like the rest of us? So you aren’t their customer? When you buy a phone from Samsung you are dealing with an equal in finances, expertise of electronics, and other resources? Damn, you are more impressive than Bruce Wayne of stately Wayne Manor.

    • Replies: @Twinkie
  286. Twinkie says:
    @res

    academic gossip seems to generally know what he is talking about, but likes to argue from authority rather than presenting evidence.

    No kidding!

    As I am sure you are aware, it is necessary to consider the demographics of the underlying populations (both total and “interested in achieving that”) and NYC is different from the US.

    From the get-go, his formulation of the issue was quite slippery and not terribly intellectually honest, given that he was attempting to invalidate the overwhelming STEM-orientation of Stuyvesant Asians – drawn exclusively from the five boroughs of New York City – by presenting the national data of Asians being more mildly overrepresented in Ph.D. programs (“The NSF has annual data on Doctorates Awarded in different fields. It does not resemble Stuyvesant’s demographics…”).

    He also tried to fashion his own definition by claiming that software engineers don’t make real things. See:

    I said that software engineering (not electrical engineering) fails to “make real stuff”. It’s the equivalent of law school for people who can do math: a way for relatively bright people to learn how to earn a living, without having to ever get their hands dirty.

    Now “makers” have to get their hands dirty! Otherwise, they are apparently less productive than Jewish actors, politicians, and investment bankers who graduated from Stuyvesant of the yesteryears.

    • Replies: @Reg Cæsar
  287. @Yojimbo/Zatoichi

    Almost like saying, “Why would any top 1%’ers ever want to live in exclusive Beverly Hills/Bel Air/West Palm Beach/the Hamptons/etc?

    Any one-percenter in West Palm Beach is probably lost.

    https://cbs12.com/news/local/14-shootings-in-west-palm-beach-2-arrests

    https://www.mypalmbeachpost.com/news/local/felt-him-leave-man-killed-west-palm-shooting-had-baby-the-way/f37AGyZz6igh96JcbTzmIP/

    https://www.palmbeachpost.com/news/crime–law/breaking-one-man-shot-west-palm-beach/nJm4FmUTWYgWJKD2GZKeNI/

    Does West Palm Beach have a minimum speed limit, like Palm Beach?

  288. @Twinkie

    not terribly…
    mildly…

    If you’re going to channel Steve’s favorite adverbs, don’t forget “roughly” and “largely”, too.

  289. Twinkie says:
    @AnotherDad

    The plain fact is Harvard admissions do not “discriminate against Asians” in the broadest sense. Rather Harvard’s admissions process discriminates for Asians. They are admitted at something like 4X their population share. It’s just that Harvard does not discriminate in favor of Asians, enough, to satisfy various Asian groups.

    You have repeated this numerous times, and seem not to understand the rather simple flaw of your logic.

    Asians (or those who are for meritocracy) are NOT arguing that they are underrepresented in comparison to their overall population fraction in the U.S. They are arguing that they are underrepresented in comparison to their fraction among the upper tier of the cognitive profile in the population, you know, the right end of the bell curve:

    Now, for the umpteenth time, do NOT misunderstand and think that I am advocating for “meritocracy” and Harvard being 40% Asian (or whatever fanciful percentage one would like). My own personal opinion is that Harvard should select for future leaders of America who show not only high IQ and drive/work ethic, but also patriotism and noblesse oblige toward their cognitive and social inferior in the general public… regardless of their ethnicity. In other words, I want Harvard to breed leaders who care about the ordinary people in this country.

    However, that does NOT mean that I don’t want Harvard’s hypocrisy – and to be quite frank, the hypocrisy of the largely Jewish oligarchy that dominates it – exposed. To me, one of the major flaws of this lawsuit – though an understandable one, given the socio-political climate – is that it pits Asians on one side and “whites” on the other, despite the fact that only a certain fraction of “whites” benefit mightily under the status quo, to the detriment of the rest of the whites (and really, everyone else). But, I don’t want to repeat Mr. Unz’s lengthy article on American “meritocracy” here.

  290. Twinkie says:
    @Steve Sailer

    But which colleges do rich parents in Seoul and Shanghai want to send their kids to: American or French?

    Chinese are still fixated on England and the United States. So Oxbridge and the Ivies.

    South Koreans also want their kids at Harvard, but American schools are increasingly seen in some quarters as passe or even ordinary, and K-dramas nowadays seem to portray women going weak-kneed at Korean male protagonists who studied in Europe (e.g. Sorbonne).

    • Replies: @Anonymous
  291. Twinkie says:
    @anon

    After 16 years of the Bushobama disaster train, enough with Harvard trained morons running the country to the ground.

    While I share your general sentiment, you are wrong about them being morons. Many are quite clever and intelligent. It’s not that they are dumb, it’s that they are venal and unconcerned with ordinary Americans, whom they hold in contempt.

  292. Twinkie says:
    @kaganovitch

    Goyim is plural, Goy is singular

    Indeed, you are right. I meant to correct it, but the timer ran out.

  293. Lot says:
    @Desiderius

    Terman’s study found otherwise.

  294. Twinkie says:
    @AnotherDad

    But actual inovation

    Very innovative spelling, this.

    My rough take is US fancy Asians outperform US whites substantially–3X maybe–at the lower, grinding levels of STEM, but perhaps only at 2X or less when it comes to actual move-the-ball forward contributions.

    And we should all just believe your “rough take,” eh?

    • Replies: @Reg Cæsar
  295. Anonymous[274] • Disclaimer says:
    @Anon

    But they spend in the high 4 billions every year just for the operating expenses for the school. The math says they HAVE to earn 10% in income from their endowment just to break even and keep from having to draw down it down.

    You overlook revenue from tuition.

    • Replies: @Steve Sailer
  296. @Anonymous

    Harvard’s financial position really isn’t all that fraught compared to every other college in the world with a smaller endowment.

    There’s a lot of wishful thinking on topics like this: I don’t like Harvard or the New York Times or Star Wars or whatever so it’s going to fail economically.

    Well, perhaps, but the odds are less than for their less well-off competitors.

  297. Twinkie says:
    @Autochthon

    You and Delta Airlines have no imbalance of power?

    Airlines are highly regulated, even after the last round of “de-regulation.” Has Harvard gone bankrupt as Delta has? Do you understand the rentier/lord-tenant/supplicant relationship?

    • Replies: @Autochthon
  298. Anonymous[274] • Disclaimer says:
    @Anonymous

    Will someone please tell me why ‘hot clubs’ haven’t yet become a focus of SJW campaigns?

    Because those harmed by hot clubs are disproportionately men.

  299. res says:
    @Jack D

    The average IQ at MIT is probably somewhere around D’s supposed success peak of 125 if not higher, so half the class is above and half below. Which half of the class do you think is more successful later in life? What are the odds that it is the below 125 IQ half?

    I think you are underestimating the average IQ at MIT (IIRC, didn’t your daughter go there?). This site gives the MIT 25th-75th percentile range for the SAT as 1480-1590: http://www.prepscholar.com/sat/s/colleges/MIT-SAT-scores-GPA
    This site equates that 1480 as 143 IQ (I think this may be a bit high): https://www.iqcomparisonsite.com/SATIQ.aspx

    I would actually be curious to see real data for post-MIT success by test score. I have a suspicion it might not be quite like you (and I, actually) think. Perhaps a higher median success among the top half, but I would not be surprised to find some outliers among the more people savvy and driven portion of the bottom half. Affirmative action muddies the waters a good bit, but leaving that aside I think the bottom half by test score are often chosen for reasons that may matter more in many forms of life success.

    I think many people use the dysfunctional stereotypes of smart people as their markers for smart (a self fulfilling prophecy). I’m not sure most people are very good at identifying really smart people after schooling ends and they no longer have the cues of comparable results.

    • Agree: Desiderius
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  300. @Twinkie

    I understand your arguments perfectly clearly. I simply don’t agree with them. That you imply people who disagree with you must be intellectually deficient and cannot have understood your position does not speak well of your self-awareness and humility. Then, too, maybe you’re just a mean son of a bitch like me who enjoys taking the piss as often as not. I doubt it though; it’s a very Celtic – and not at all very Oriental – characteristic.

    • Replies: @Anonymous
    , @Twinkie
  301. Anonymous[218] • Disclaimer says:
    @Twinkie

    To me, one of the major flaws of this lawsuit – though an understandable one, given the socio-political climate – is that it pits Asians on one side and “whites” on the other, despite the fact that only a certain fraction of “whites” benefit mightily under the status quo, to the detriment of the rest of the whites (and really, everyone else)

    I’ve been thinking the same thing. If I were in charge of PR for the Asian advocacy group behind it, I would have cast a wider net for allies, namely whites. A white parent of a very bright and ambitious 14-year-old may well skim over discussions and come to the conclusion that a meritocratic Harvard could be detrimental to the chances of their child getting in, as the white percentage of the undergrad student body would go down.

    What this group should have said is that even if the white percentage went down, meritocratic admissions would actually increase the chances of admission for the 99.9% of whites who aren’t athletes or legacies. I don’t know if this is actually true (I haven’t really looked too closely at the various projected demographic breakdowns out there), but the Haven Monahans of the world are pretty soft targets these days.

    • Replies: @Twinkie
  302. Anonymous[218] • Disclaimer says:
    @res

    I thought MIT didn’t practise affirmative action.

    • Replies: @res
  303. Anon[274] • Disclaimer says:
    @Anonymous

    moreover serious social dislocation

    What do you mean by “social dislocation”? Inability of an individual to socialize or widespread social unrest?

  304. res says:
    @Autochthon

    Fair enough. We need better terminology to make the nuances of this clear, but I think the examples which have been raised are sufficient to illustrate the various points made.

    For whatever reason I actually find this conversation quite interesting (though I think it is almost wrung out). It does seem right in the Donald’s wheelhouse (the art of the deal)–how does one acquire the ability to negotiate from a position of power even when it seems like the power relationship should be the opposite?

  305. @Twinkie

    But actual inovation

    Very innovative spelling, this.

    Brazil and Portugal got together to agree that, since double consonants are not pronounced doubly (likewise in English), it made sense not to write them doubly.

    Hence, inovação.

    And imigração, aplicação, acomodar, oficial, ilustrado.

    I hope that was sufficiently ilustrado. (R and S are still doubled, as the difference is qualitative.)

    Can you imagine the Anglosphere getting together like this? Or even caring to?

    • Replies: @Twinkie
  306. Anonymous[274] • Disclaimer says:
    @Citizen of a Silly Country

    Intellectual arguments are an intra-tribal thing.* God, I was a child. I can’t thank you enough for helping me grow up.

    When did you grow up and do you remember the details of how it happened?

    *Obviously, we’re not talking STEM discussions. If you ever want to talk about investing, I’m all ears.

    Why wouldn’t investment opinion be infected with who/whom?

  307. @Citizen of a Silly Country

    You don’t understand. Deracination was part of the cost of admission to Lowell’s tribe. He couldn’t be white at this point if his life depended on it.

    Nor could I, and I’m very gung ho about Trump and resurgent American nationalism.

    • Replies: @Anon
  308. res says:
    @Anonymous

    Indeed. I would very much like to see a version of their Model 4 (with demographics and all of the other factors) which included the JQ. I wonder what the coefficient would look like. It would help put to rest (well, in reality probably inflame it even more ; ) the endless debate here about how much of the overrepresentation is explained by ability.

  309. res says:
    @Anonymous

    How do you reconcile that with the results of the SMPY research?

  310. Anonymous[337] • Disclaimer says:
    @Autochthon

    Yeah but Asian people better. Especially Korea people.

  311. Anon[274] • Disclaimer says:
    @Twinkie

    How is what you describe NOT a supply-demand imbalance?

    • Replies: @Twinkie
  312. Anonymous[180] • Disclaimer says:

    The Harvard ‘brand’ may be wonderful to some, but I would strongly discourage my own kids from attending if they were to somehow magically be accepted. I’ve come to despise this reigning ‘elite’. I see them as a cancer. I truly want nothing to do with them.

  313. Anon[274] • Disclaimer says:
    @Desiderius

    Nor could I,

    Why not?

    • Replies: @Desiderius
  314. rob says:
    @Steve Sailer

    Is insider trading illegal for colleges? It’s not illegal for Congress. They can use knowledge of upcoming legislation to profit til the chickens come home to roost.

  315. Tyrion 2 says: • Website
    @Anon

    A possibly redundant term that I made up when typing quickly. It should be clear from the context. It is something which fits the traditional and typical mold.

    Is there another term you’d suggest?

  316. Dave Pinsen says: • Website
    @Citizen of a Silly Country

    An Ivy degree opens doors to high paying jobs, which are disincentives to entrepreneurship (at least initially). Though in finance, it’s possible to be an entrepreneur of sorts later and become a billionaire. E.g., alumni who go to Goldman Sachs after school and then, 10 or 15 years later leave to start a hedge fund or a private equity firm or something.

    That article includes at least a couple of billionaire heirs for some reason (e.g., Pritzker), which is odd.

  317. 1661er says:
    @Peter Akuleyev

    It’s more of the function of polygamy seems to be more common among Taiwanese corporate tycoons compares to Japanese/Korean. Then the children turned to fight with their half-siblings to split up the company. The Wang family of Formosa Plastic is one such example. Cher Wang’s HTC had a chance to fight it out with Samsung for android phone market share, but Samsung Electric had the support of the whole Samsung group/family, while Cher Wang couldn’t count on the support of her siblings/half-siblings.

    There is also the shitshow of the Changs of Evergreen/EVA between the children of different mothers.

    The Koo family also divided internally due to their different political orientation. But different lines from different wives also factoring into it to some extend.

    Terry Guo of Foxconn also has multiple batch of children, but at least he waited til his starter wife to die before remarry. So it will be more interesting to see who that turn out when he dies.

    It’s not like polygamy were not practiced among the rich of CJK. But Taiwanese, due to its more recent frontier society/high mortality, etc. that created some localized gender imbalance, it practiced slightly differently. And Taiwanese don’t place as much value/deference to the children of the first/official wife.

    • Replies: @Anonymous
    , @Clyde
  318. Anonymous[110] • Disclaimer says:
    @1661er

    In what way is Taiwan a frontier society?

    • Replies: @1661er
  319. res says:
    @Twinkie

    I understand what you mean by a gateway in this context. My question is, what gives Harvard that power? I think the supply-demand imbalance is a key part of it. If you have other reasons I am interested in hearing them.

    • Replies: @Twinkie
  320. Hibernian says:
    @Twinkie

    Nordic people can be very conformist – Germans in Germany – or out of the box thinkers – sometimes to an extent we can do without – Upper Midwestern radicals both left and right, on of the latter of whom was a great aviation pioneer.

  321. Twinkie says:
    @Anon

    How is what you describe NOT a supply-demand imbalance?

    It’s MORE than that.

  322. 1661er says:
    @Anonymous

    The Taiwanese equivalent of Prussian Junker class started in 1661-2 when they kicked out Dutch East Indie Company. Their continuing manifested destiny/Ostsiedlung expand slowly, due to infighting, disease, strong resistance of the islands’ aborigines. The process wasn’t complete well into the 20th century after Taiwan became part of Japan. Every square inches paid for with blood, except some attempts to co-exist/inter-marriage.

    For example in 1867, the natives of Taiwan fought USMC to a draw.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Formosa_Expedition

    The Formosa Expedition,[2] or the Taiwan Expedition of 1867 was a punitive expedition launched by the United States against Formosa. The expedition was undertaken in retaliation for the Rover incident, in which the Rover, an American bark, had been wrecked and its crew massacred by aboriginal Paiwan warriors in March 1867. A United States Navy and Marine company landed in southern Formosa and attempted to advance into the native village. The natives deployed a significant amount of guerrilla warfare, which they ambushed, skirmished, disengaged and retreated repeatedly. Eventually the Marines ceased their pursuit when their commander was killed, and retreated back to their ship due to fatigue and heat exhaustion. The event is regarded as a failure in United States naval history.

    Japanese also had to sent in over 3,000 soldiers in 1874 because part of Taiwan was such a savage outlaw frontier place back then.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Japanese_invasion_of_Taiwan_(1874)

    I didn’t say Taiwan “is” a frontier society. But compares to China, Japan, Korea(CJK), Taiwanese frontier period was much more recent. And the “frontier” mentality last longer than the actual frontier period.

  323. Hibernian says:
    @Yojimbo/Zatoichi

    They might be worried about becoming another Penn, Berkeley, or U of C; very good but not elite of the elite (counting both social and academic power.)

  324. Twinkie says:
    @Autochthon

    I understand your arguments perfectly clearly.

    Maybe now you do. You didn’t before, judging from your previous reactions.

    very Celtic

    My mother did tell me – growing up – that life was pain and suffering and then you die (“meet your Maker”).

    That East Asian woman was and remains very “Irish Catholic.”

    maybe you’re just a mean son of a bitch like me

    I am not naturally mean. I am gracious to those who try (even if they fail), but tend to hold the whip hand to those who are obstinately dumb. You might guess I was not a popular professor. But my team I ran overseas was fanatically loyal to me, because I fell on my sword to keep them from harm. Early on in my career, a kind mentor taught me that you earn loyalty with… loyalty. He taught me that if your men knew you were willing to be the first one to rise from the trench and risk the bullet, they’d be loyal. He also taught me that they’d be loyal if you took all the blame from upstairs for the failures and gave all the credit to the men for successes… and all of that was the price of being in charge and all the privileges of leadership.

    He was right.

    • Replies: @Autochthon
  325. res says:
    @Anonymous

    I thought MIT didn’t practise affirmative action.

    Perhaps you are thinking of Caltech?

    Here is a 2012 article about affirmative action and MIT: https://thetech.com/2012/02/17/briscoe-v132-n4

    Here is some Quora discussion about Caltech admissions: https://www.quora.com/Why-isnt-anyone-upset-about-Caltech-not-having-affirmative-action-when-it-is-one-of-the-few-private-schools-without-it

    The first point in the top answer is quite interesting:

    1) I am a female who chose Caltech and not MIT specifically because Caltech did not consider my gender in the admissions process. Caltech has managed to significantly increase their female attendance rate without resorting to unbalanced admissions processes. Therefore, no one can ever say that I got anything because I am a woman. Students and researchers from other schools have attempted to dismiss me and/or my ideas because I “only got that degree because Caltech needed women to make up the numbers”. Caltech, unlike many other schools, has made that argument utterly indefensible.

    All of this said, I am not sure MIT affirmative action is doing people a big favor. It is harder to hide in easier majors like “* studies” than it is up Mass Ave/the Charles River. The undergraduate General Institute Requirements (i.e. for any major!) are quite demanding: https://ocw.mit.edu/courses/mit-curriculum-guide/
    Notably: Two terms of calculus, Two terms of physics, One term of chemistry, One term of biology
    All taken with other MIT students.

    Here is an article talking a bit about the experience (from someone who succeeded): https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/affirmative-action-got-me-into-mit-the-cycle-that-disadvantaged-me-continues/2017/08/18/45dfc43c-7c4c-11e7-a669-b400c5c7e1cc_story.html

    • Replies: @Jack D
  326. Twinkie says:
    @Reg Cæsar

    Obrigado.

    Now I will get back to practicing more mata leon.

  327. Twinkie says:
    @Anonymous

    99.9% of whites who aren’t athletes or legacies

    Ok, but that’s not the kind of “whites” I was talking about.

  328. Twinkie says:
    @res

    My question is, what gives Harvard that power? I think the supply-demand imbalance is a key part of it. If you have other reasons I am interested in hearing them.

    1. It’s not just Harvard. Harvard is merely primus inter pares in a cartel.

    2. Supply-demand imbalance in this case is a symptom or perhaps a proximate cause at best. What created the imbalance in the first place?

    3. Obviously “elite” by definition is of limited supply compared to a much larger demand. My speculation is that once American Jews came to dominate the cartel through meritocracy (high IQ + grit/drive/ambition/hard work/whatever), they decided that they wouldn’t replicate the noblesse oblige of their WASP predecessors and turn the clock back, this time with themselves in power. Voila. Goodbye meritocracy, hello holistic admissions.

    4. As a matter of clarification, I don’t think this process unfolded as some sort of a concerted plot of a nefarious cabal in the back room. I think it came to be through transforming the culture by a market dominant minority to fit its own generally-shared view of the world.

    • Replies: @Jack D
  329. Sean says:

    My heretical opinion is that the people running Harvard for the last century have done a pretty good job of self-interested brand management in maintaining the value of the Harvard brand.

    Oh right, it is all about this :

    Good thing Ron Unz is a nut

    A cohesive, organized group generally possesses huge advantages over a teeming mass of atomized individuals, just as a Macedonian Phalanx could easily defeat a vastly larger body of disorganized infantry. Many years ago, on some website somewhere I came across a very insightful comment regarding the obvious connection between “anti-Semitism” and “racism,” which our mainstream media organs identify as two of the world’s greatest evils. Under this analysis, “anti-Semitism” represents the tendency to criticize or resist Jewish social cohesion, while “racism” represents the attempt of white Gentiles to maintain a similar social cohesion of their own. To the extent that the ideological emanations from our centralized media organs serve to strengthen and protect Jewish cohesion while attacking and dissolving any similar cohesion on the part of their Gentile counterparts, the former will obviously gain enormous advantages in resource-competition against the latter.

    Otherwise, the “value of the Harvard brand” would boil down to :

  330. @Forbes

    Freedom of association for me but not for thee goyim.

  331. DCThrowback says: • Website
    @Clyde

    To his family’s credit, his dad won a distinguished service cross in Korea and Jeff was an Army Airborne Infantryman (LT) from ’68-’72. (A look at his roles (aide-de-camp to a SF 2-star, advisor to the royal thai army) indicates he was someone whose time in would be taken care of by his superiors.

    • Replies: @Clyde
  332. @Anon

    Why is someone raised in Tokyo Japanese rather than East Asian?

    I’m an American. White is a category, not an identity. I’m not defined by my enemies.

  333. @Anonymous

    When did you grow up and do you remember the details of how it happened?

    To a degree, I grew up on Steve’s comment board. Fifteen years ago or so, I was your typical libertarian-ish conservative. I already knew that genetics played a much larger role in racial differences than what society believed, but Steve and many commentators here helped me understand the depth of how genetics and race (family, really) influenced so much in individual lives, culture and societal outcomes.

    However, where I truly “grew up” was understanding the importance of tribe. Jews showed me the way. Jews openly ask the question, “Is it good for the Jews?” What a simple and correct question. Yet, I had never thought that way about my people, at least not consciously.

    In addition, I learned that Jews defend Jewish interests with little regard to the truth. The goal is protecting their tribe, not debating the facts. The facts, the argument serve a larger purpose: Protect the tribe. It’s all a game.

    Even on this board, many (all?) Jewish commentators will never give an inch on the importance of Jews in turning the West into a multi-everything, anti-white society. They correctly argue that many gentile whites helped lead this movement as a way to downplay the crucial role of Jewish money, media and organization.

    It’s fascinating to watch. You see how it’s almost second nature.

    Look, I’m not trying to trash on Jews. They’re playing the same game as everyone else. They just happen to play it the best. They (well, certainly, many influential Jews) also happen to have as one of their goals the utter ruin of my people.

    Anyway, I was child before, thinking that ideas (free markets, democracy, etc.) came before tribe. They don’t. They never will. Tribe/race/ethnicity is family – as Steve often points out. Ensuring the well-being of your family is more important discussing abstract ideas.

    When it comes to race and my tribe, I now think like a parent.

    Why wouldn’t investment opinion be infected with who/whom?

    It is. But with investing, you have to put your money where your mouth is, and that deters a lot of silliness. Also, sooner or later, the numbers prove who was right. Objective results are more important than subjective opinion.

  334. tgk says:

    So Harvard gets to decide who sits at (((their))) lunch counter, while the government tells me who must be allowed sit at my lunch counter.

    Seems legit.

  335. Jack D says:
    @Anonymous

    Where do you get this from? Is this just your sense of it (in which case it is worthless) or do you have any actual studies that you can point to. As res points out, the SMPY studies (which are a serious, long term effort) reached the opposite conclusion based upon actual data, not just anecdote or feelings.

    America has always been suspicious of “eggheads” and it popular culture it was always felt that is was not really beneficial to be “too smart” because this would make you an absent minded professor type like Einstein or a child prodigy like William Sidis who turned out to be a failure as an adult. The assumption was that there was a price to be paid – that somehow high IQ would detract from some other part of your brain so that you would be socially awkward (and there are a few idiot savant types who seem to confirm the stereotype). But on a statistical rather than anecdotal basis it is not true, at least from the studies that I have seen. It’s funny that in popular culture, having, for example, great athletic or musical ability is not thought to affect your social skills, just high IQ.

    • Replies: @Anonymous
  336. @Twinkie

    Maybe now you do. You didn’t before, judging from your previous reactions.

    You can never go wrong assuming you know better than they whether strangers in online fora understand this or that basic concept like rentiers or supplication simply because it pleases your ego to assume they are stupid, especially if they’ve an established presence in the forum clearly indicating some measure of their intelligence and vocabulary.

    “The whip-hand to the obstinately dumb? Rising from trenches to risk bullets? The price of being in charge?”

    Look, Confusius, you were chastising people about minor typographical errors yesterday, and so maybe you’ve a predilection to view yourself as a wise sage here to impress round-eye with your degree from Harvard (like most degrees from any school, it is worth a little less than the cash value of a Pizza Hut coupon*). You aren’t in charge of anything here: Steve Sailer and Ron Unz are. And I for one am thankful they choose to cultivate a salon where almost anything goes. It’s more fun and more enlightening. So by all means write another miniature convocation address and tell us again how stupid (obstinately so, no less!) I am, and how noble and what a selfless leader you are (apropos of nothing save your ego). By the by – you are illustrating, ironically, exactly what many folks meant earlier when they observed how insufferable many graduates of Harvard University are and the lack of playful creativity Europeans are way better at than Orientals. If you weren’t so damned superiour, you’d understand that.

    Mother says it’s time for me to put on my rubber trousers and helmet and get ready for my day at the School for the Kids Who Don’t Read Good, so I bid you farewell. Don’t forget to put gas in tbe Batmobile on the way home.

    *Apologies to Steve Taylor.

    • Replies: @Twinkie
  337. …or a child prodigy like William Sidis who turned out to be a failure as an adult.

    Sidis was only a “failure” in the way a Jewish boy who becomes an adman is a failure to his mother, who wanted him to be a doctor.

    He was quite satisfied with his own adult life, preferring to remain low-key after being held up as an intellectual circus act as a child. Kind of like those level-headed child stars, such as Shirley Temple and Mary Badham, who turn their backs on Hollywood once they grow up.

  338. Jack D says:
    @res

    Unfortunately, the MIT AA rot is worse than you suspect. It’s true that everyone at MIT has to take two semesters of physics but they don’t all have to take the SAME course.

    For example, if you look at the MIT course catalog http://student.mit.edu/catalog/m8a.html , there are a whole bunch of flavors of the Physics I course, which range from the normal to the advanced to several flavors of “Physics for AA Admits”):

    I count 8 flavors:

    8.01 , 8.011, 8.012, 8.01L, CC.801, CC.8012, ES.801, ES.8012

    And they are careful not to provide any hint to future employers. For 8.01L (slower paced version of 8.01) the catalog states: “The subject is designated as 8.01 on the transcript. ”

    This is not something that MIT publicizes but the students themselves were quite aware of the structure and sort themselves into the appropriate flavors of this course. Otherwise you would have the IQ 150 future physics majors sitting in the same lecture with the AA students and the (handful of) liberal arts majors and no one would be happy.

    I only became aware of this structure because on parents day they allow the parents to sit in on courses and I wander into a section of the intro economics course (figuring that I might actually understand the material). I realized that the course was being taught not at the level I would expect for MIT and the professor (actually a Chinese grad student although his Engrish was pretty good) was being very careful not to be too mathematical and virtually apologizing to his students each time he wrote an equation on the board. I asked my daughter about this and she explained that I had wandered into the “economics for dummies” section without realizing it, again because they try to camouflage which is which.

    Also the 1st semester at MIT is pass/fail.

    My daughter solved the MIT/CalTech conundrum by getting into both (thus proving to herself and the world that she was not an AA admit because she was female) but going to MIT which was a lot more fun than CalTech seemed to be. We visited CalTech and Pasadena and while they were quite lovely (and the weather was a whole lot better), they also looked sort of sleepy compared to the energy of Cambridge and Boston, both on and off the campus.

    • Replies: @res
  339. Jack D says:
    @Twinkie

    My speculation is that once American Jews came to dominate the cartel through meritocracy (high IQ + grit/drive/ambition/hard work/whatever), they decided that they wouldn’t replicate the noblesse oblige of their WASP predecessors and turn the clock back, this time with themselves in power. Voila. Goodbye meritocracy, hello holistic admissions.

    This is a laughably 180 degrees wrong version of history. “Holistic admissions” was invented by the wonderful noblessy obligy WASPs as a method of keeping the Jews OUT of the cartel (or at least keeping their numbers way down) which doesn’t sound very noblessy obligy to me. The beneficiaries of its modern version are not the Jews but blacks and Hispanics. So let’s review – WASPs invent holistic admissions to keep Jews out – this is noblessy obligy and good. Jews (and it’s not really just Jews) use holististic admissions to bring other groups in – this is tribal and bad.

    • Agree: Johann Ricke
    • Replies: @Duke of Qin
  340. Jack D says:
    @Anonymous

    The French may have to get used to this once they become sufficiently “diverse” too.

    These elaborate charades are byproducts of multi-ethnic societies and the need to conceal secret racial quotas from the law and public scrutiny. Maybe Harvard dresses this stuff up even more nowadays, but the “breakthrough” was made 100 years ago when they realized that “too many” Jews were getting in under their old test based system (which was exactly like the French system today) and by evaluating “character” they could put their thumb on the scale. Back when the US was mono-ethnic they had no need for “holistic” charades to hide racial quotas either and no one gave a damn about the “character” (or courage, kindness, blah, blah, blah, etc.) of the applicants (and in fact Harvard STILL doesn’t – it’s all just a charade to hide race discrimination).

    What is really amazing is not that the French don’t understand the current American system (why would they?) but that most Americans accept “holistic admissions” with the crazy long application with essays and recommendations and lists of activities, etc. as the natural order of thing and as the right and proper way of doing college admissions and they way that it has always been done, when in fact it is relatively new and unique to America (other multi-ethnic societies take a shortcut and just announce racial quotas) and has always existed merely as backdrop for disguised race discrimination. It is sort of like the Ivy League nude photos which the students were told were (and accepted as being) “posture photos” when in fact they had nothing to do with posture at all. We have a remarkably cynical leadership in America who is willing to tell us bald faced lies “for our own good”.

  341. res says:
    @Jack D

    Thanks for the elaboration.

    I elided the different physics classes, but keep forgetting just how bad that has gotten. Designating 8.01L as 8.01 on the transcript is something. It is interesting (and encouraging) that there appears to be no 8.02L (either fall or spring: https://stellar.mit.edu/classlink/course8.html ).

    That said, if the end quality of instruction really is similar, the slower pace and probably lesser competition (even on pass/fail I think getting way below class average would be demoralizing) is probably a fairly humane way of dealing with the problem described by the black aerospace engineer who wrote the article I linked above. I found his story encouraging in terms of MIT being able to find people who really do have the chops to succeed in the end even if they need some help to catch up.

    It is interesting that there do not appear to be easier calculus classes: http://student.mit.edu/catalog/m18a.html
    I wonder if 8.01L helps with that.

    Speaking of 1st semester pass/fail, it looks like those grades are hidden. IIRC it used to be first year pass/fail with 2nd semester grades hidden. Does this sound right to you? Current details: http://uaap.mit.edu/first-year-mit/first-year-academics/first-year-academics-freshman-credit-limits-grading/freshman-credit-limits-grading-first-year-grading-policies

    she explained that I had wandered into the “economics for dummies” section without realizing it, again because they try to camouflage which is which.

    Now that is even more interesting given that economics is not required. Was it a single section or a separate class in the catalog? I am not seeing anything that obviously fits that (I assume a variant of 14.01 or 14.02?) in the catalog: http://student.mit.edu/catalog/m14a.html

    Thinking about it some more, I suppose that would help people not get knocked off a business track. Course 15 used to have a bit of a slacker reputation (though Sloan has a great reputation and good people do major in it undergrad) so perhaps it is a good place to hide?

    My daughter solved the MIT/CalTech conundrum by getting into both (thus proving to herself and the world that she was not an AA admit because she was female) but going to MIT which was a lot more fun than CalTech seemed to be.

    That is a good way to do it ; ). If a bit challenging to accomplish. Was the proof aspect of applying to Caltech (though capitalizing the T makes sense, that’s not how they do it http://www.caltech.edu/ ) part of her decision to apply or just a happy observation afterwards? Boston is also a convenient distance from Philly. Easily driveable but not right next door.

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  342. Anonymous[425] • Disclaimer says:
    @hyperbola

    Isn’t Russell a French surname? Odd name for a Jewish company.

  343. res says:
    @Anonymous

    France might be better than the US in this regard, but they do have their own way of achieving the ends of affirmative action: http://theweek.com/articles/667069/france-affirmative-action-isnt-about-race-about-geography

  344. @Anonymous

    I know right.

    Like I say how many turds or how much piss in the punch bowl ruins said punch. More than none does it for me. But I’m weird that.

  345. @Jack D

    This is actually incomplete. Holistic admissions was created by gentiles to keep Jews out, but then abandoned by the same gentiles in favour of a more meritocratic system. However, as our own dear host Unz noticed, quantifiable measures of Jewish performance have declined dramatically over the past few decades as the initial immigrant striver mentality disappeared among the Jews but the representation of Jews at said elite institutions remains unchanged. This is because contrary to gentiles, who openly and honestly admitted that holistic admissions were designed to keep out arriviste Jews, Jewish ethnic cohesion remains a potent force and they have re-adopted a holistic admission systems though they brazenly lie about its purpose. Blacks and Hispanics are affirmative actioned into Harvard at rates far beyond their capabilities, but this also happens to serve as a deflective cover for the fact that Jews are also being admitted at rates far beyond their capabilities. Nearly half the “white” student body at Harvard is Jewish, a representation that the modest Jewish advantage over the White mean cannot possibly be responsible for. Episcopalians have socio-economic indicators every bit as high as Jews, yet I doubt you’ll find entire cliques of Episcopalians operating in admissions departments or politically organized groups. Destroying the affirmative action system at the Ivy colleges will demolish the Black and Hispanic populations present there, it would also decimate the number of Jewish students as well. Asians would see a modest uptick of admissions from 25 to probably 35% of the total population. White gentiles would see their representation go from 25% to probably 60% of the total student body.

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  346. Jack D says:
    @res

    This describes the MIT freshman grading system:

    http://web.mit.edu/registrar/reg/grades/freshmangrading.html

    It’s not really pass/fail, it’s pass/no record, meaning that if you get a D or an F it doesn’t show up on your transcript, it’s as if you hadn’t taken the course at all (and since they are mostly requirements, you have to take them again). I suppose NOT having the 1st semester courses appear on your transcript with a P would signal that you had flunked anyway.

    In the second semester, freshmen are graded on an A, B, C or No Record basis. After that, Ds and Fs appear on the transcript, but you are allowed to take a couple of courses pass/fail and you have the right to drop classes until fairly late if it looks like you are headed for disaster.

    In the econ course there are two formats if you read the fine print – large lecture/ small recitation and recitation only, the latter being the “dummies” version that I wandered into.

    a fairly humane way of dealing with the problem

    Maybe it is humane to students but it is deceptive to employers who think “an MIT degree is an MIT degree” when they are not all the same and you may not even be able to distinguish the wheat from the chaff on the transcript. However the true mavens (many of whom wear the Brass Rat themselves) can probably figure it out, if not from the transcript then in the interview. If you are applying for some sort of job where high g is really required, you are not going to be able to fake it for very long anyway and if you can fake it in the long term then I guess it makes no difference

    Getting into both MIT and Caltech was not part of any grand strategy. There were 3 schools on her list that had early admissions (NOT early decision where you are obligated to go if they accept you). They were MIT, Caltech and Chicago and she got into all 3 and picked MIT so this spared her from having to fill out any more applications and that was the end of her college application process which made it a lot less painful for her and for us.

    I wouldn’t call Philly – Boston an easy drive. Every conceivable route takes you thru NYC (or else the detour is even longer) so on a bad day a 300 mile trip can be 8 hours instead of 5.

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  347. ATBOTL says:
    @Lot

    I said nationalist, not conservative.

    Even so, nothing is more absurdly autistic than choosing to interpret “conservative” as meaning support for the anti-conservative establishment ’cause “conservatives support establishments doncha know.”

    Folks at lower tier Cal State schools are not the ones responsible for the things nationalists or conservatives are fighting, Harvard people are.

  348. @Veracitor

    Perhaps the word “piss” isn’t disgusting to Brits. Why associate it with your alcoholic beverages? Drinking coffee or tea will make you have to visit the bathroom just as quickly.

    Years ago I stayed out late with some friends drinking coffee and smoking. We were having so much fun yakking that we must have consumed several pots and packs over a few hours. Afterwards I think I got up to relieve myself 4 or 5 times in the night, but it never would have occurred to me to call that evening a “piss up”.

  349. @Twinkie

    …Harvard should select for future leaders of America who show not only high IQ and drive/work ethic, but also patriotism and noblesse oblige toward their cognitive and social inferior in the general public… regardless of their ethnicity

    IQ, aka “aptitude”, is not meritocracy. That should be obvious to anyone on an HBD site. Merit is what you do with your aptitude. And few 18-year-olds have had the opportunity to earn their place in the elite.

    This is the genius of the legacy system. The merit rewarded was that of the previous generations of the family.

  350. @AnotherDad

    Still the numbers suggest that US Asians are actually *underperforming* their Harvard numbers. And they are clearly not performing to the level of “my son should be in Harvard!” that’s the basis for these lawsuits.

    You have understood me perfectly.

    A funny thing happens on the way to the coronation. As the NSF reports show, Asian STEM numbers (divided by the white equivalent) collapse by a factor of 2-3 from the high school indicators to the PhD. Physics, that playground of visuospatial+math ability, is particularly hard on Asians. The ratio of Asians/whites for passing an AP physics exam is about 4x lower than for getting a physics doctorate a decade later. It gets worse if we (or Ron Unz) use science competitions as the indicator of how many Asians are qualified for academic pursuits.

    The NSF data also show that Asians take substantially longer to obtain the PhD than whites. This and the rate of collapse suggests that there may be a higher Asian dropout rate from graduate programs, but I could not find data about this online.

    It’s almost as if reality is disclosing not just the true ability levels but the true level of interest in STEM. Both are a little higher for Asians, and both are severely overstated if you (or Harvard, or Stuyvesant) takes the achieved results for teenagers as the sole basis for predicting future outcomes.

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    , @res
  351. @Twinkie

    If either of those I mentioned, then … congratulations, you’ve had a good career.

  352. @academic gossip

    The ratio of Asians/whites for passing an AP physics exam is about 4x higher than for getting a physics doctorate a decade later.

    Fixing the typo. Hopefully it was clear anyway.

  353. @Twinkie

    I have observed Opus Dei for a good fifty years.
    I could tell many a tale, but I wish to make only one point here, and a very grave one:
    they are entirely happy to split families asunder without scruple, in order to increase there control over both private individuals and, perhaps their real interest, public enterprises; not to mention, of course, the assets of both.
    I won’t argue the point: I have seen it in California, where I once lived, and in Great Britain, where I have now lived for twenty years. In the two cases I know best, the scandal and the cruelty continue unabated and without apology.
    Avoid them.

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  354. ATBOTL says:
    @Citizen of a Silly Country

    “Even on this board, many (all?) Jewish commentators will never give an inch on the importance of Jews in turning the West into a multi-everything, anti-white society. They correctly argue that many gentile whites helped lead this movement as a way to downplay the crucial role of Jewish money, media and organization.

    It’s fascinating to watch. You see how it’s almost second nature.”

    Yeah, there are a host of them here who seem to only be here to deflect criticism of their own tribe: Whiskey(who I named “long winded neocon” when he posted without a handle), Sabril, anony-mouse and some others I can’t remember right now. It does seem like a mental reflex.

    The amazing thing is how aggressively they come into a space where the majority is onto them. Never the less, they jam their shoddy goods in your face over and over demanding that you buy and insulting you when you say no. Then they try to act like they are in this together with us after getting caught red handed trying to scam us and cursing us out for not falling for it.

    Maybe the most unique thing about Jews is their ability and compulsion to go into their enemy’s camp and try to persuade them to surrender. They have great confidence in their ability to do this after over a thousand years of success at it. You sense on some level this behavior is mindless and robotic.

    At the same time, the almost total absence of wealthy and powerful white men from any kind of advocacy for their own people is equally remarkable and important.

  355. 3g4me says:
    @Citizen of a Silly Country

    @337 Citizen of a Silly Country: “When it comes to race and my tribe, I now think like a parent.”

    Excellent summation of a gold-box worthy comment. Well done, sir.

  356. Twinkie says:
    @Old Palo Altan

    I don’t share your experience.

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  357. Jack D says:
    @Duke of Qin

    White gentiles would see their representation go from 25% to probably 60% of the total student body.

    With all due respect, you are pulling this number out of your ass. There is zero evidence that is true.

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  358. Anonymous[287] • Disclaimer says:
    @Twinkie

    Apparently a lot of Chinese immigrants are settling in Cambridgeshire in England. They’re not attending the university. They just want to live near it.

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  359. Jack D says:
    @Twinkie

    My own personal opinion is that Harvard should select for future leaders of America who show not only high IQ and drive/work ethic, but also patriotism and noblesse oblige

    This only shows how deep and successful the “holistic” brainwashing has been in America. You want to keep the same bullshit system and just change the variables that you are supposedly measuring (but aren’t really because they can’t be measured in any meaningful way). In Japan, France and most other mono-ethnic countries they don’t make any effort to measure such qualities. They would think it was weird and dumb to even try. They just give the entering freshman a placement test and rank order them the way the US used to when it was a mono-ethnic country – it’s simple and easy and the results are as good as any. HYP aren’t actually measuring “courage” or whatever bullshit they say they purport to be measuring any more than they were measuring “posture” in those nude photos they used to take. This is all kayfabe for the rubes so they can throw up dust while they do racial sorting.

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  360. res says:
    @Jack D

    In the econ course there are two formats if you read the fine print – large lecture/ small recitation and recitation only, the latter being the “dummies” version that I wandered into.

    That makes sense, but I don’t see any indications like that in the catalog page at http://student.mit.edu/catalog/m14a.html
    for the intro classes 14.01 (micro) and 14.02 (macro). If you have more details I would be interested, but it is not a big deal.

    Maybe it is humane to students but it is deceptive to employers who think “an MIT degree is an MIT degree” when they are not all the same and you may not even be able to distinguish the wheat from the chaff on the transcript.

    My thinking fluctuates on this. In general, I abhor the dumbing down, but the catalog face of 8.01L sounds pretty reasonable as a transition and it’s P/F anyway so who cares if there is a not really deserved A. I don’t know if you looked at the article I linked at the end of comment 329: https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/affirmative-action-got-me-into-mit-the-cycle-that-disadvantaged-me-continues/2017/08/18/45dfc43c-7c4c-11e7-a669-b400c5c7e1cc_story.html
    but I think his example makes a case for measures to ease the transition (like P/F for everyone 1st semester) if you are going to admit people with backgrounds like that (and he apparently succeeded in the end). Working over IAP to finish the class isn’t exactly a gift either.

    I guess I would worry more about the impact of maybe having to moderate the pace and/or rigor of later classes to compensate for a wider range of abilities than I would worry about someone taking 8.01L being able to fake the next 3.5 years.

    I wouldn’t call Philly – Boston an easy drive. Every conceivable route takes you thru NYC (or else the detour is even longer) so on a bad day a 300 mile trip can be 8 hours instead of 5.

    I hear you, and in any case you have to finish in Boston. That’s a harsh way to end the drive.

    But compared to Philly — Pasadena…

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  361. @Jack D

    You are commenting at the Unz Review, not the National Review so I am somewhat perplexed you weren’t aware of what Ron Unz has written about the topic. Read his essay on the myth of American meritocracy.

    http://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/the-myth-of-american-meritocracy/

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  362. Jack D says:
    @Jack D

    I should add that at the same time, we should lower the stakes so that a Harvard or Yale degree are not the sole keys to the elite circles of America. It seems particularly wrong to me that every Supreme Court justices nowadays has to have attended either Harvard or Yale Law School. (Ginsberg started out at Harvard but transferred to and graduated from Columbia when her husband got a job in NY). The other 8 of the top 10 law schools turn out grads with plenty of intellectual HP and it wouldn’t kill them to reach a little deeper into the pool. Even an occasional graduate of a flagship state law school that is not already in the top 1o anyway (Michigan, Berkeley and UVa already are) would not mean the end of the republic and might bring some real “diversity” (not the phony racial kind) to the thinking on the Court.

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  363. res says:
    @academic gossip

    It’s almost as if reality is disclosing not just the true ability levels but the true level of interest in STEM. Both are a little higher for Asians, and both are severely overstated if you (or Harvard, or Stuyvesant) takes the achieved results for teenagers as the sole basis for predicting future outcomes.

    It would be interesting to see a numerical analysis of group proportions over a long timeline with various difficulty metrics.

    I think there are multiple effects in play here. First, I think Asians really do have a mean math advantage which implies an advantage at the tails (which I think is observed). Second, Asians seem to try harder. Third, for moderate difficulty material striving can be very effective–not so much as things become harder (hard work may be necessary, but it is not sufficient). This means a lot of those strivers fall away as the level increases. I think this accounts for much of the change in representation. Lastly, I think Asians have somewhat different thinking styles (whether this is cultural, like conformity, or somehow innate I don’t know). My sense is this evens out the raw math ability edge a bit at the very high end.

    Of course the hard question is: what do you do differently when trying to predict future outcomes for teenagers? Do you have any suggestions?

    For anyone who cares, I think there is a useful analogy with different rates of development and the relative performance of whites and blacks in sports over time. To be explicit, early black superiority tends to limit early opportunity in some sports for whites and I think you make a similar argument with respect to Asians for STEM (though there the relevant factor is striving rather than rate of development).

    P.S. Thanks for fixing the typo. I had a “What?!” moment before guessing what you really meant. It’s easier to follow someone’s argument when not being distracted by “what did he really mean?”

    P.P.S. I don’t think this has dropout rates, but it does have some interesting metrics by race: https://www.urban.org/sites/default/files/publication/86981/who_goes_to_graduate_school_and_who_succeeds_1.pdf

  364. @res

    I found Arcidiacono’s discussion of interaction variables …persuasive. That argument seems so clear (I especially liked the quoting of Card’s conditions for when those variables should be included) I am led to believe Card is obfuscating.

    This was actually one of the sections that makes Arcidiacono look autistic. e.g. deducing from his interacted regressions that Harvard gives no admission benefit to disadvantaged blacks vs ordinary blacks. More likely the sample did not have many disadvantaged blacks just below the margin of black admission and his estimates are unreliable. The more natural interpretation is that applicants in multiple preference categories get less than the sum of the different preferences separately. A limit on “double-dipping” rather than Harvard passing up the opportunity to get two-for-one diversity points.

    Interactions: it’s defensible to do the analysis either way and it should not affect the ability to detect discrimination at these large sample sizes and purported big effects. Both experts know that and the debate on this technicality is the mandatory expert-witness game of picking every little nit.

    It is no problem to interact everything except the variable of interest (Asian) with everything else to whatever extent the available computer resources allow. There can be trouble if you interact the thing you’re interested in with other variables, and that should be avoided unless there is specific reason to require it, or as a consistency test to check the non-interacted analysis.

    The real issue (re Asians) is Arcidiacono’s attack on the personal rating and Card’s counter-analysis that substitutes Arcidiacono’s predicted (higher) rating for the one given by Harvard to the Asian applicants.

    Can you point to the location of the Card argument to which you refer?

    no. 57 on page 35 of the Harvard expert’s rebuttal report.

    http://projects.iq.harvard.edu/files/diverse-education/files/legal_-_card_rebuttal_report_revised_filing.pdf

    http://admissionscase.harvard.edu/supporting-documents

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  365. Jack D says:
    @res

    I told you it was buried in the fine print.

    14.01 Principles of Microeconomics

    Taught in two formats – lecture/recitation and recitation only

    I didn’t read the linked article but will get to it.

    In the remaining 3.5 years, except for the other required GIR courses (and that’s a fairly big except), there is SOME room to hide. You can’t be a “studies” major but there are definitely harder and easier (more and less math loaded) majors (or “courses” in MITspeak).

    Another interesting and not widely known data point is that while MIT openly practices AA to admit almost as many women as men, once you get in there is no AA for the individual departments so the genders sort themselves out by major. I can’t put my finger on a good presentation (I suspect this is intentional) but you can compare

    http://web.mit.edu/registrar/stats/gender/index.html

    with

    http://web.mit.edu/registrar/stats/yrpts/index.html

    and see that the male/female ratios vary considerably.

    For example, Course VIII, Physics has 59 women out of 210 (28%) while Biology (VII) has 42/47 (89% female !!)

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  366. Nick Diaz says:

    Steve Sailer:

    “And, I bet if you got a lot of Asian Harvard students and grads to tell you the truth, they would probably agree that they are glad Harvard isn’t Stuyvesant HS.”

    I am sure that this brings great solace to all those Asian students who’s life dream of attending Harvard was ruined by quotas on Asians. I am sure they think:

    “My dream was ruined, but let me look on the bright side: a Harvard with less Asians is good for the Harvard brand,! My life dream was ruined for the greater good! All,those incompetent white students with inferior grades are better for Harvard, and that is what matters to me.”

    It is surreal Sailer’s lack of empathy. And the worst part is that what Sailer claims is not even true: there is no evidence that Harvard with 90% Asian would be any less prestigious than it is today. It is just an absurd jump in logic and unsubstantiated assumption to think that.

    You know what will *really* compromise Hardvard’s brand? To do away with meritocracy for fallacious, obstruse reasons of “holistic” admission, which is just racism in disguise. History has shown that universities, societies and civilization that do away with meritocracy eventually fall. That is the bane of all aristocratic societies. Social democrats took control of most European societies after WWII, and they did exactly that: quotas on the best students so that the common man could attend university. Europe pre-WWIIproduced 65% of all the high-level scientific wor in the Worldk, and won 4 X more Nobels per capita than they do now. Europe still wins a lot of Nobels, but the overall intellectual output of Europe is only a quarter of what it was pre-1945. Conversely, America, which was almost a non-entity in terms of high-tier science before WWII, increased it’s scientific output many fold by investing in meritocratic achievement. In fact, many European scientists immigrated to America post WWII and dramatically boosted the country’s high-tier output because they were fleeing the academic “progroms” that happened after WWII. Even today, many top European intellectuals come to America because they have much more freedom to do research in American universities than in Europe.

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  367. All other arguments aside, it’s not at all realistic for Harvard to be any more East Asian than it is now. Merit at the undergraduate level is hardly an absolute worth arguing, and the school itself makes it clear that it has other things in mind before grades and test scores. No one with an inkling of reality thinks Harvard is judging anyone’s worth to society over her worth to the program of global dominance itself elucidated herein and elsewhere. For that purpose it is no more expedient for Harvard to be noticeably Asian than black.

    If East Asians are concerned with their own fates they should wonder why Tokyo, Seoul, and Beijing haven’t produced an institution to rival any of the American ones, and more importantly work to change that instead of making the usual excuses. The ones in charge upstairs are doing you a favor by keeping you out of sight and out of mind. As Giraldi put the obvious, the “Yellow Peril” is more readily apparent to this mongrelized European nation than the Yiddish one.

  368. @res

    Do you have any rebuttals for Steve Hsu’s blog posts on this topic?

    Yes, posted last month. Hsu mostly requoted items from media and the court filings, and my comment here disposed of his one personal “contribution” to the analysis:

    http://www.unz.com/isteve/harvard-to-its-asian-rejects-its-not-you-its-your-personalit/#comment-2385095

    It’s funnier than I wrote there, because Hsu digs himself deeper into the hole (without knowing it) in the comments at Infoproc. Being unaware that logistic regression will automatically fit the demographics, he says that any lack of exact fit is due to the admission process being complex and not easily described by a simple linear model. In reality it’s because the Harvard OIR that wrote the report didn’t use the ordinary method of simulation from the logistic regression, so their results are slightly different. Hsu is obviously (to cognoscenti) bluffing here, without an actual understanding of what he’s talking about.

    Hsu’s comments also reveal that he doesn’t understand that logistic regression is for two outcomes only, in this case Admit/Reject. He thought that the regression tries to model Admit, Waitlist, Deny. Pretty basic stuff.

    This is far from the only example of Hsu being very confused about various topics in statistics. Which is OK, except that he claims to be able to judge the statistical dispute between the experts in the Harvard case, and summarily declared Card’s arguments “laughable”.

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  369. Jack D says:
    @Duke of Qin

    Unz’s number have been debunked (although he will say they haven’t been). Organizations like Hillel have vested interests in picking the highest possible #’s for “who is a Jew”. As the JewWASPish elite of America get irretrievably scrambled you have lots and lots of mischlinge like some of the grandchildren of Trump and Clinton and Kennedy (and many other elite WASP men of their generations). In a few generations, it’s going to be impossible to find anyone in the American elites who doesn’t have at least some Jewish ancestry – by your count at that point the Ivy League will be 100% Jewish. It is misleading to count these kids in the “Jewish” category when they are half (0r sometime 3/4 or more) WASP by blood, have varying degrees of Jewish observance (sometimes none) and would not qualify under the Israeli law of return.

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  370. mongrel says:
    @Citizen of a Silly Country

    Spot on, sadly enough. If more people had had your realisation a few decades ago, we might have avoided this nightmare.

  371. @Twinkie

    Of course you don’t: if you had, you wouldn’t have needed me to point it out to you.

    Now, I hope, you’ll at least be on your guard.

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  372. Jack D says:
    @res

    I’ve now read the linked article and I have some sympathy for the guy (and he must have been a bright guy to be able to catch up even with help) but:

    1. Wouldn’t he have been better off at a college where he was better matched with the other students with similar preparation so they all could have learned calculus together?

    2. This was written some time ago but nowadays there are a lot of web resources so that even if your school doesn’t offer calculus there are other ways of learning it before you get to MIT.

    3. Even back in his time, shouldn’t he have figured out that freshman physics at MIT was going to require some calcululus background and gotten help before he set foot in the door?

    4. Flint is a hellhole but I know that in a place like Philly (or NY or any other big city in the US) a really bright black kid like him is either going to end up in a magnet school where they do teach calculus or else on full scholarship to a private school or even a boarding school like Robert Peace:

    https://www.nj.com/news/index.ssf/2011/05/killed_in_apparent_drug-relate.html

    Modern America is just dying for smart well behaved black kids – all sorts of doors are opened for them (up to and including the White House) BECAUSE and not despite the fact they are black. Even this kid could have probably attended the local Catholic school (despite not being Catholic) and gotten a better education.

    (BTW, unfortunately, at my son’s private school in the suburbs of Philly, the black scholarship kids in his class mostly came to inglorious ends despite the fact that they were selected to be bright – it wasn’t that they flunked out academically but one got caught dealing drugs, one pulled a knife on another student, another was caught stealing from a teacher’s purse, one (the saddest case) was shot when his father killed his whole family in a murder suicide (this boy survived but was shot in the head). You can take the boy out of the ghetto but you can’t take the ghetto out of the boy, most of the time.)

    For every guy like this guy, there are a lot more who end up flunking out because, as he said, once your are in the hole at MIT you are really in deep doo-doo because everyone else is moving ahead rapid while you are floundering so you tend to just fall further and further behind.

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  373. @Jack D

    Hillel site currently claims 11% Jewish undergrad, and a completely impossible 67% of graduate students. That could be a typo for 6.7, if half the graduate students are international, and Jewish graduate students mostly from the USA (so the fraction of Jewish graduate students would be approximately half its percentage of undergraduates).

    I had a recent brief comment exchange with Ron Unz about whether he answered Nurit Baytch’s analysis of his Jewish estimates. It turns out that he replied, sort of, but his comments are buried in unz.com comment threads. He did not really address or refute her main points, but in any case when I have time I will compile Ron’s here-and-there replies in one post so that further analysis might proceed more systematically.

  374. MBlanc46 says:
    @Forbes

    Absolutely. It’s their university, they can run it however they want. In that case, they should shut up about diversity and inclusion.

  375. Sean says:

    By Ron Unz’s own account Jewish students are getting admission in spite of having taken their eye off the ball, and sticking with the metaphor, they have people going to bat for them in the admissions process. Chinese must sweat blood to get in.

    Now the upshot is straight A Chinese applications may increase in numbers but Chinese cannot substantially improve their average academic performance. However, I see no reason to think the same young Jews who want to go to Harvard and currently coast in might not present far better exam results if that became necessary to get them admission.

    It would not be possible for a meritocratic admissions process to prevent the proportion of Chinese students at Harvard rising inexorably, and strict merit probably would not reduce the proportion of Jews vis-à-vis Chinese for long. So it seems likely to me that the main result of merit would be reducing the proportion of white gentiles. Given that the actual proportion of white gentiles is already at a level that is the absolute minimum that the whole system will stand, merit would be unsustainable.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paradox_of_the_pesticides
    The paradox of the pesticides is a paradox that states that applying pesticide to a pest may end up increasing the abundance of the pest if the pesticide upsets natural predator–prey dynamics in the ecosystem.

    The paradox can occur only when the target pest has a naturally occurring predator that is equally affected by the pesticide. It therefore presents a case for more specialized pesticide products.

  376. @Twinkie

    My own personal opinion is that Harvard should select for future leaders of America who show not only high IQ and drive/work ethic, but also patriotism and noblesse oblige toward their cognitive and social inferior in the general public… regardless of their ethnicity.

    And just how would Harvard do that?

    Smart, ambitous kids (and their parents) know how to play the game. They’ll skew their records, recommendations and essays to whatever they believe will gain sympathy from admission officers. If Harvard wants patriotism and noblesse oblige, they give it to them. If Harvard wants SJW BS, they’ll give it to them.

    You are asking Harvard to look into these kids’ hearts. Can’t be done.

    That said, you are correct about the Jews vs NE Asians aspect of this.

  377. res says:
    @Jack D

    I told you it was buried in the fine print.

    Don’t know how I missed that. Thanks.

    In the remaining 3.5 years, except for the other required GIR courses (and that’s a fairly big except), there is SOME room to hide. You can’t be a “studies” major but there are definitely harder and easier (more and less math loaded) majors (or “courses” in MITspeak).

    That is true. I think having a standard 8.02 (graded) on the spring transcript serves as an adequate proxy for 8.01L vs. 8.01 P/F on the fall transcript.

    I do think it is harder to hide at MIT than perhaps anywhere but Caltech. But I’d be interested in hearing other candidates.

    Another interesting and not widely known data point is that while MIT openly practices AA to admit almost as many women as men, once you get in there is no AA for the individual departments so the genders sort themselves out by major.

    It’s hard to judge how much of that sorting is ability and how much preference (e.g. people vs. things). It was interesting how when the sex balance was changing rapidly in the 1980s they maintained the criteria weren’t changing (or something like that).

    you can compare

    Good references. Thanks.

    One interesting thing. The top level stats page is http://web.mit.edu/registrar/stats/
    There they also have geographical data, which is interesting: http://web.mit.edu/registrar/stats/geo/index.html
    But the links to minority enrollment stats are both broken. Things that make you go Hmmm.

    Article and visualizations about MIT gender diversity:

    http://news.mit.edu/2017/mapping-gender-diversity-at-mit-1025

    http://kiwi.mit.edu/mit-gender-diversity

    • Replies: @Jack D
  378. res says:
    @academic gossip

    Thanks for the references. It will take some time to dig into that. I’ll try to respond tomorrow.

    That was a pretty big document dump they did at your link yesterday. Do you know what that corresponds to with respect to progress of the case?

  379. Anonymous[136] • Disclaimer says:
    @Jack D

    Great athletes and musicians are notorious assholes.

    • Replies: @Jack D
  380. res says:
    @academic gossip

    Well, there is an extension to logistic regression for the categorical case: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Multinomial_logistic_regression

    I need to go read your comment and take another look at Steve’s.

    • Replies: @academic gossip
  381. res says:
    @Jack D

    Thanks for following up.

    1. Wouldn’t he have been better off at a college where he was better matched with the other students with similar preparation so they all could have learned calculus together?

    This is the million dollar question. I think for this guy the answer in hindsight would be no. I doubt he would have pushed himself as hard and seen later doors open as much if he had taken the alternate path. Though perhaps a different undergrad followed by a MIT masters would have been a better option.

    2. This was written some time ago but nowadays there are a lot of web resources so that even if your school doesn’t offer calculus there are other ways of learning it before you get to MIT.

    3. Even back in his time, shouldn’t he have figured out that freshman physics at MIT was going to require some calcululus background and gotten help before he set foot in the door?

    One would think. Who knows what kind of messages he got? If he was smart enough to pull off what he did he must have seemed like a god to the people at his Flint HS. He probably got a ton of ego affirming “you can do it” without much reality check of what might be required.

    For every guy like this guy, there are a lot more who end up flunking out because, as he said, once your are in the hole at MIT you are really in deep doo-doo because everyone else is moving ahead rapid while you are floundering so you tend to just fall further and further behind.

    But this is the problem (and the reason for my “for this guy” and “hindsight” qualifiers in 1.). I wish our society could have a real conversation about this issue. But I think there is far too much ego and racial politicking involved for that to ever happen. Not to mention the PC consequences.

    I wish I knew more of his backstory. Where were his parents? How early did the schools figure out he was really smart? What did they do about it? etc.

    • Replies: @Jack D
  382. Clyde says:
    @DCThrowback

    Thanks for the info. Credit is credit for serving in our military. My father was a diesel mechanic who helped keep the trains running for General Patton in France.

  383. Jack D says:
    @res

    It’s hard to judge how much of that sorting is ability and how much preference (e.g. people vs. things).

    It’ some of both but I think what happens is this – there is a pretty large cohort of women in the class (like my daughter) who are not AA admits. These can be matched one for one with male equivalents and indeed in many of the “moderately” difficult courses (scare quotes because at MIT these are not so moderate) such as mechanical engineering it is pretty much 55/45 male/female (the overall ratio) or close to it. But then once you are done matching, you have leftover, at the high end a bunch of super high IQ guys (not just typical 140 IQ MIT students but 150+ guys who can do theoretical physics, advanced math, etc. – women are very rare at these levels ) who congregate in the really hard core courses (e.g. physics) and you have a bunch of 130 IQ female AA admits (as well as racial AA admits) (these are really smart people anywhere but at MIT) and they congregate in the “people” departments.

  384. Jack D says:
    @res

    I think for this guy the answer in hindsight would be no.

    Sure, in hindsight he was a success story so he made the right choice. But the guys who flunked out are not writing articles – there is a selection bias here. Mismatch has real victims as well as a few winners. Overall though you have some bad situations such as the fact that over 1/3 of blacks who start law school (a place where mismatch is particularly bad) never pass the bar exam (while 11 out of 12 whites do).

    • Agree: res
  385. Corvinus says:
    @Citizen of a Silly Country

    “I already knew that genetics played a much larger role in racial differences than what society believed, but Steve and many commentators here helped me understand the depth of *how genetics and race (family, really)* influenced so much in individual lives, culture and societal outcomes.”

    Which has yet to be definitively proven.

    “Yet, I had never thought that way about my people, at least not consciously.”

    OUR people are Americans.

    “In addition, I learned that Jews defend Jewish interests with little regard to the truth.”

    “The goal is protecting their tribe, not debating the facts. The facts, the argument serve a larger purpose: Protect the tribe. It’s all a game.”

    And what happens when white Americans in general do not observe this tribalism, which is clearly evident today? Is it not possible that this “tribalism” is overblown and overstated by those who believe in its principles? That tribalism is actually NOT making this “comeback”, it’s only more noticed by those who are “loud” about it?

    “He and his kind will relearn the lessons of history.”

    Will? That is menacing.

    “The Lowell-types will need to start making a choice: My tribe or no tribe.”

    No, we do not. We will make our own decisions regarding race and culture. We need not be badgered into taking a side between “white” and “anti-white” just because you define such matters in a way that corners us.

    “But multi-ethnic – much less multi-racial – societies have never worked in the past.”

    Of course they have worked. The Roman Empire, Great Britain, the United States…all multi-ethnic.

    • Replies: @Hibernian
  386. @Jack D

    Jack, you telling me Brandeis would allow it’s white gentile population to rise to 8x it’s population share? LOL.

    It’s basically pointless to keep trying to educate you. But nonetheless, it’s worth challenging these endless regurgitations of Jewish nonsense talking points.

    First off, in passing, i didn’t say this:

    that Harvard belonged (“their own”) to the white Christian race

    It certainly didn’t belong to me or my ancestors. I’m a generic flyover country white guy of farming stock–and more Irish Catholic, than anything else. I’m not Percival Adams Putnam Cabot Crowninshield Lodge Lowell. But Harvard certainly did “belong” to those guys–whowever you want to call them–WASPs, Yankees, Boston Brahmins.

    But the key point here is simply “private” as in “private university”. Harvard is not your property, not Jewish property, just because it’s high status and you want a piece.

    Harvard could–and should–do with their admissions what they think best. If they wanted to just admit legacies–they could do that. If they wanted to “look like America” they could do that (and they’d have had far fewer Jews). If they want to just have a test and do that, that’s their choice. Harvard seems–or at least their president and the trustees didn’t fire him–to have decided that they didn’t want to be overrun by a bunch of test-prepped Jewish drones, so they dialed ‘em back a bit. (Much like the Jews running Harvard today have decided they don’t want to be overrun by test preppred Asian drones.)

    As Steve points out, Harvard’s decisions in that matter do not seem to have been a disaster for the Harvard brand.

    I’ve sussed out that the essentially ethos of a lot of Jews is “Our Jewish stuff is ours … and we’re entitled to our fair share of any of the the gentiles’ stuff that we’re interested in.” And, of course, any resistance is ‘anti-semitism!’ like Hitler, the holocaust, blah, blah, blah.

    I’m just saying it’s bullshit. There is no principled moral or ethical argument for that claim. There’s almost no principled argument for other people’s stuff for anyone. But it’s particular ridiculous coming from Jews who are the great rejectionists, separationists, anti-integrationists of the Western project. Why gentiles should listen to the whining and claims of people who specifically down through the ages have rejected being part of their society, culture, people and nations–beyond me.

    • Replies: @Jack D
    , @Marty T
  387. Jack D says:
    @AnotherDad

    Brandeis would allow it’s white gentile population to rise to 8x it’s population share?

    Well since the white gentile population share is something like 70%, that would be 560% of enrollment, so I’d give that a “no”.

  388. Twinkie says:
    @Autochthon

    get ready for my day at the School for the Kids Who Don’t Read Good

    You know yourself well. Good. That’s half the battle. To wit:

    Look, Confusius

    If you are going to engage in juvenile ethnic name-calling, it helps to spell correctly.

    By the by – you are illustrating, ironically, exactly what many folks meant earlier when they observed how insufferable many graduates of Harvard University are and the lack of playful creativity Europeans are way better at than Orientals.

    1. I didn’t go to Harvard.

    2. I don’t think highly of my own non-Harvard Ivy almae matres, let alone Harvard.

    3. You demonstrate your obstinate dumbness by immediately resorting to ethnic name-calling. I think you can be a jackass, because that’s who YOU are, not because you are white or any other [insert group here]. Everytime I write something you dislike, you immediately attribute it to my being an “Oriental.”

    4. There are people who learn without pain. There are people who only learn from pain. Then there are those who don’t learn at all. I invite you to ponder – playfully and creatively – to which group you belong.

    If you weren’t so damned superiour, you’d understand that.

    This from a guy who is ever so ready to hand out corrections to others and talk up his own linguistic ability (all the while making the very same type of error he criticizes as being typical of another ethnic group he holds in contempt).

    • Replies: @Anonymous
    , @Autochthon
  389. Jack D says:
    @Anonymous

    Assholes and nerds are two polar opposite things. Women seem to LOVE assholes and HATE nerds.

  390. @Jack D

    Absolutely, and that’s why Zimbabwe today is like a real life Wakanda and SE DC is a paradise. White nationalists should learn from this and make their cities and countries just as great by privileging race over competence.

    Jack, you’re too smart for this kind of abject stupidity.

    Yes, some–maybe most–places in Africa went backward after colonialism, but–newflash!–whites are not blacks. (And, of course, Citizen’s point was about what people want.)

    I know it just galls some Jews, but whites actually do not need Jews around to create nice places to live. America was a great place to live well before any significant number of Jews showed up in the “Great Wave”. Likewise, the other Anglo-Sphere outposts. Likewise postwar Germany. Likewise pre-immigration Scandinavia. Likewise … well most places where whites are dominant and self-confidently in charge of their nations. Whites are actually quite capable–arguably the best in the world (Japanese may disagree)–in creating great places to live.

    And actually, perusing what’s going on in the world, having significant numbers of Jews in positions of influence over your society–or Jewish ideas, ideologies, media–actually seems to be a *really bad* idea. America was a pretty terrific place with the WASPs still pretty firmly in charge in say 1950. After the great post-war rise-of-the-Jews–and Jewish “lessons of the holocaust”, “nation of immigrants”, “multiculturalism” ideologies–the future of America looks decidedly more bleak. Especially for the descendants of the Americans who were here in 1950.

  391. Anonymous[337] • Disclaimer says:

    Put simply, America has been trashed, and finally it’s comfortable for the Chosen People. Err, I mean “Ruling Class”.

  392. @Jack D

    Mocking the little mistakes of a quickly composed comment is beneath you. We’re not writing our master’s thesis here.

    If you have an issue with the general argument, please make it. Or is it all about scoring points?

    • Replies: @Jack D
  393. Anonymous[337] • Disclaimer says:
    @Twinkie

    If you are going to engage in juvenile ethnic name-calling, it helps to spell correctly.

    This from a guy who is ever so ready to hand out corrections to others

    What? You don’t have a rifle or two hanging up in the dinning room of YOUR house?

    Among other things, you don’t appear to understand the difference between a misspelling and a typographical error. “Dinning Room” is an example of the former. It indicates stupidity, not just carelessness. Once you’ve understood that, you can move on to matters like hypocrisy.

    Incidentally, calling someone who loudly pretends to intellectual superiority “Confucius” is referring to the pretense, not the ethnicity. Not to mention that you have said you’re not even Chinese, so the layers of hypocrisy are really piling up. HTH.

    • Replies: @Anon
  394. @AnotherDad

    And actually, perusing what’s going on in the world, having significant numbers of Jews in positions of influence over your society–or Jewish ideas, ideologies, media–actually seems to be a *really bad* idea. America was a pretty terrific place with the WASPs still pretty firmly in charge in say 1950. After the great post-war rise-of-the-Jews–and Jewish “lessons of the holocaust”, “nation of immigrants”, “multiculturalism” ideologies–the future of America looks decidedly more bleak. Especially for the descendants of the Americans who were here in 1950.

    Well, if you’re Jewish, the current America might seem a far better place. Sure there is high crime and racial infighting, but the odds of gas chambers in Ohio went from 0.000001% to 0.0000001%. And given that the collateral damage is almost entirely inflicted on non-Jews, it’s well worth it.

    It’s all about your perspective.

  395. Jack D says:
    @AnotherDad

    It’s hard to conceive of an alternate history America without Jews and what that would be like. One thing is for sure – you wouldn’t be able to get a decent pastrami sandwich. You’re a rightist and most Jews were leftists so naturally you’d like it better without them (and they feel the same way about you). Maybe no Jews means no atom bomb and millions of GIs killed in the invasion of Japan. Then maybe terrific postwar America wouldn’t have been quite so terrific. A lot of the wonderfulness of postwar America was due to the US being the only industrialized country whose industrial base was 100% intact at the end of the war. That other nations (Germany, Japan) eventually recovered and became competitive with the US is not the Joos fault.

    A lot of people (and not just Joos) feel that Germany never really recovered intellectually (if not economically) from the loss of its Jews. If you look at the lists of top universities in the world, Germany punches well below its weight (and the US and the UK dominate). Budapest, Prague, Vienna, etc. are lovely cities for tourism but they are like wax museums from which nothing new ever issues – the center of the intellectual/cultural world shifts to NY after WWII. Coincidence? I think not.

    • Agree: Johann Ricke, Clyde
    • Replies: @AnotherDad
    , @AnotherDad
  396. Jack D says:
    @Citizen of a Silly Country

    Chill out – it was a joke.

    • Agree: Hibernian
  397. Anon[202] • Disclaimer says:
    @Anonymous

    It would really help if you would clearly indicate your reasoning here.

  398. @Twinkie

    You have repeated this numerous times, and seem not to understand the rather simple flaw of your logic.

    Twinkie there is no “flaw in my logic”. You’re a smart guy, you should read what I actually wrote.

    Likewise, i’m a smart (relative to my fellow humans) guy and I understand all the stuff in your comment–the graphs, what Asians are arguing, etc.

    I thought my lines in there were sufficiently clear:

    What you can say is Harvard’s process doesn’t admit as many Asians as this or that SAT/grade based process that i favor.

    My point–which was in response to Jack’s point about the “50+ year effort by the Federal government to outlaw racial discrimination”–is precisely that this war on “racial discrimination” has never been a demand for test-based meritocracy:

    But again even as a non-lawyer, i sure haven’t seen US “discrimination law” the last 50 being a push for color-blind test based “meritocracy”.

    In fact, this effort against “racial discrimination” has often been opposed to test based meritocracy. That’s the gist of AffirmativeAction, or Griggs, of “disparate impact”, of Bakke or Grutter.

    Simply put the thrust of US racial discrimination law has not been color-blindness, much less a mandate to allocate everything by paper-and-pencil testing. It’s been that blacks–and others who can make a case–are getting some sort of “fair share” of the goodies.

    I’m not the confused one in these comment threads. The confused people are those who don’t seem to grasp what the Asian position who actually require of Harvard and how much that is actually *against* the thrust of “anti-discrimination law” in the US.

    As far as i can see there are three big buckets of the outcome here:

    1) Asians Win — test based meritocracy is required
    There’s absolutely no legal justification for this–nor moral or ethnical one for a private university–that i can see. But regardless, in concrete effects, pen+paper “meritocracy” means the black percentage tanks at Harvard to essentially nothing. “Diversity” as a justication gets tossed.
    This seems to be some sort of bizarre otherworldly fantasy of some of the commenters here. I don’t know what nation they’ve been living in the last 50.
    The chance of this outcome–zero.

    2) Asians Win — test based meritocracy required for non-NAMs
    Essentially Harvard must do “meritocracy” for whites and Asians but can put a finger on the scale for “under-represented” minorities in the name of “diversity”.
    Essentially Jews, fancy Asians, Indians and whites are competing in one bucket. Then there is a “diversity” bucket to insure diversity. Because you are going to be essentially drawing a line *under* whites, privileging those below and making whites compete “fairly” with those above, this is the peak anti-white ruling.
    I don’t think the case has any merit, but given this is a real anti-white moment, this option now has some sort of chance. Let’s say 10%.

    3) Harvard Wins
    Harvard keeps doing its same old massaging to create the “elite” but “diverse” that satisfies their objectives of institutional success and political expediency.
    This seems like almost the sure thing–90%.

    • Replies: @Jack D
  399. Lagertha says:
    @Lagertha

    ok, fine. My son had a slight surgery…just sayin’

  400. Silva says:
    @Twinkie

    Hence health-subjects. Or computer science – not a lot of debauchery there, and the utility goes beyond the obvious. When I hear something intelligent from you, it seldom seems to come from Aquinas. And you can have your 18-year old high-schooled daughter read Aquinas just fine in any case.

  401. Twinkie says:
    @Old Palo Altan

    Of course you don’t: if you had, you wouldn’t have needed me to point it out to you.

    Now, I hope, you’ll at least be on your guard.

    I’ve heard worse stuff about Opus Dei, so your warning – forgive me – rings hollow.

    By the way, though I am an obedient and orthodox Catholic, I don’t expect perfection in anything that fallible human beings do – not even Opus Dei. That said, every member of Opus Dei with whom I am well-acquainted is good people.

    • Replies: @Old Palo Altan
  402. @3g4me

    This is late, but I forgot to thank you, and I hope you read this. There are many good arguers here who have lots of knowledge, so I often become aware of my limits. Your comment is reassuring, like your earlier one. Thanks again.

  403. Anonymous[337] • Disclaimer says:

    Getting Into the Ivy League

    A former Princeton admission officer describes the process from decades ago.
    July 31, 2018

    The New York Times

    To the Editor:

    “Z-Lists, and Other Secrets of Harvard Admission” (front page, July 30) describes nearly exactly how Princeton’s admission process functioned in 1969 to 1970, when I was an admission officer there: the ratings, groups, readers and discussions.

    One subjective but critical factor was hinted at: describing candidates as “very busy” versus “deserving.”

    One tries very hard to assess the candidate’s potential. Is he or she a self-starter? How much help has he had? Has the candidate peaked? How will he or she react to not being head of the class?

    Does he or she have the core values, confidence, perspective and flexibility to adapt and thrive? Not surprisingly, companies and others prefer applicants who have what a law firm where I later recruited called “a can-do attitude.”

    Regrettably, this factor is inexplicable to the “perfect” applicant or his supporters. I wonder if the courts will get it.

    These systems work very hard to achieve the best outcomes for the college, the firm and the applicant.

    Ruth Wardle Scott
    Princeton, N.J.

    Reader anecdote from the NYT: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/07/31/opinion/letters/harvard-princeton-admissions.html

  404. Hibernian says:
    @Anonymous

    Same goes for white SJWs in college towns and college neighborhoods here in the USA.

  405. Hibernian says:
    @Jack D

    When Catholic representation on SCOTUS declines from the present “bad for the Catholics” (in my view) level to 1 or 2 or at most 3 Catholic justices, an occasional Notre Dame or Georgetown law grad might be OK, they might even be non-Catholic.

  406. Hibernian says:
    @Nick Diaz

    A 90% Asian version of Harvard or any other American university would be perceived as an Asian university located in the US. That would be inevitable. Same would go for 90% Irish, Italian, Polish, Hispanic, yadda yadda.

  407. Hibernian says:
    @Corvinus

    You answered “The Lowell-types…” with “No, we do not.” Is it true your buddies the Cabots speak only to God?

  408. Clyde says:
    @AnotherDad

    What you are slightly missing is that all Boston area universities are flooded with Chinese and Asians. Also add the Western Massachusetts cluster of fine universities. Why would a Chinese in America or abroad apply like hell to get into BU, Tufts or Lesley? Women especially? It’s the social scene and for marriage prospects. The Asians/Chinese students and legal/illegal immigrants have taken over huge swaths of Boston in the Alston Brighton area.

    Besides the prestige universities Boston and Western Massachusetts are favored by the parents who pay the bills as being safer than NYC.

  409. Clyde says:
    @1661er

    That is quite a post from you and thanks. My take is Taiwan leadership is composed of Chinese who fled the Mainland after Mao. So are biologically unrelated and unstable. While the Japanese and Koreans families and nations have lots more loyalty and solidarity due to being compressed onto / into islands and the rat’s rear end of a peninsula which equates into an island.

    Great Britain is the big ISLAND FAIL as far as everyone being related to everyone. And you have great ethnic solidarity post WW2. You sit on an island and still you manage to F it up as far as immigration. Especially from PakiLand.

  410. Marty T says:
    @Ronnie

    25 percent jews is a wild overestimate for Harvard today. As a matter of fact, its very difficult to determine a number of “jews” as Jewish intermarriage rates have been greater than 50 percent for decades. In a religion survey the percent jewish was less than 10.

    Harvard is already too Asian. They are the most overrepresented group on campus.

  411. anon[348] • Disclaimer says:

    The fairest solution here is for Harvard to go to a strictly race based quota in proportion to their share in the general population, which means:

    2% Jew
    1% Muslim
    12% black
    16% hispanic
    6% Asian
    63% Non-hispanic Christian white

    Mixed race people can decide which group they want to be counted in.

  412. anon[348] • Disclaimer says:
    @Dmitry

    Plenty of obnoxious, bratty Chinese kids in my kid’s high school who insist on speaking Chinese to one another, loudly. No thanks. Limit the Chinese to no more than 1%, matching their share in the general population.

  413. Marty T says:
    @AnotherDad

    You might want to learn something about Jews before calling them “separationists” and “anti-integrationists”. Those terms are clearly absurd for a group that intermarries at well over 50 percent. If anything they have integrated too well. It’s not 1920 anymore.

  414. anon[348] • Disclaimer says:
    @AnotherDad

    Harvard should publish their % of applicants by race, then we can determine what % get admitted within each group. They have so far refused to do that because it would show that blacks get admitted at a far higher rate than all other groups.

  415. anon[348] • Disclaimer says:
    @Steve Sailer

    Among the elite top 20, Harvard is easily the stingiest school when it comes to scholarship. When I input the same data into each school’s own Net Price Calculator, all other elite schools incl. rest of Ivies, MIT, Stanford, Chicago, Duke will cost $20,000 per year, while Harvard costs $40,000.

    Harvard is the richest because it is the biggest hoarder, stingy and greedy beyond believe, typical Jew run institution.

  416. @Twinkie

    Confucius wasn’t not an error; it was a play on the word.

    Have a blessed day.

    • Replies: @Twinkie
  417. Jack D says:
    @AnotherDad

    There’s absolutely no legal justification for this–nor moral or ethnical one for a private university–that i can see.

    Ethnical – Freudian slip? Maybe this can be a new word. “We must bring in millions more immigrants in order to be ethnical”.

    As for legal justification, affirmative action is a loophole, an exception to the general rule under the Civil Rights Act of 1964 that institutions and employers, both public and private, are not supposed to discriminate on the basis of race, not against blacks and not against whites or Asians or anyone else. It is a loophole with very slim justification that the Supreme Court has already indicated exists by the skin of its teeth.

    In 2002 (16 years ago), Justice O’Connor wrote “We expect that 25 years from now, the use of racial preferences will no longer be necessary to further the interest [in student body diversity] approved today.” So AA, even by the words of the then more liberal court, is only 9 years away from its “Sell by ” date. Now in reality, we know that the “necessity” for AA never goes away, not in 25 years or 125 years. But the other reality is that if Trump gets another justice or 2 (or maybe even now, just with Kavanaugh), AA may only be 1 Supreme Court ruling from being declared illegal.

    In Michigan and California, the voters got rid of AA for their state U’s but black enrollment did not drop to zero. Berkeley is 3% black and 13% Latino, 40% Asian and 29% white. Michigan is 5% black, 6% Latino, 15% Asian and 60% white. Being less than 5% black has not hurt their prestige or credibility. Harvard would probably end up somewhere in between and the world would not end.

    Note that getting rid of race preference does not mean admission by test (although that would be the simplest way) – it just means that the college can not take race into account as an express factor (nor use proxy measures that have “disparate impact”).

    • Replies: @res
    , @AnotherDad
  418. res says:
    @Jack D

    Note that getting rid of race preference does not mean admission by test (although that would be the simplest way) – it just means that the college can not take race into account as an express factor (nor use proxy measures that have “disparate impact”).

    A nitpick for clarity. When you say “disparate impact” do you mean the current year kind where a difference in representation is de facto evidence of discrimination or do you mean a more reasonable kind where justifiable measures (and proxies?) that influence representation are permitted? (this is not as clear as I would like, but I think you will understand what I mean)

    For example, SAT criteria for college admissions violate the first form of “disparate impact” but not the second.

    IMHO much of current year “disparate impact” action involves unwinding the effects of reasonable factors like SATs. Which actually violates the second form.

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    , @Jack D
  419. @Twinkie

    “Rings hollow”?

    I sincerely hope that it will never ring true for you. I wish for no-one what I have witnessed Opus Dei do to break up once loving couples and families.

  420. Jack D says:
    @res

    Without bothering to look up the exact jargon that is used in this area, my recollection of the law is that if there is a statistical finding of disparate impact (as there is in the case of SATs) the burden then shifts to the user of the test (employer in most cases) to prove that the test is necessary to qualify the applicants for the particular position in question and that other equally valid and less discriminatory tests are not available. So for example, you can’t give IQ tests for janitorial jobs because an IQ test doesn’t really test your skills in janitorial work (never mind that smarter people (at least up to a point) make better employees in general).

    In the case of the SATs, I think that (although the correlation is not perfect -it is rare in real life to find perfect predictors of anything), there are plenty of studies that show grades + SATs are the best predictors that are available of future college performance. Whereas most of the “holistic” indicators (other than things like winning math competitions which have even worse disparate impact) – recommendation letters and interviews and application essays, etc. I think are essentially worthless as statistical predictors. Some of them probably have negative correlation with college performance.

  421. Jack D says:
    @res

    To be clear, when I said “use proxy measures” this is because in a post-AA world the admission staff at Harvard (and other places) would fight a rear guard action to pretend that they were not looking at race while they were really looking at race. Unfortunately for them, some of the proxy measures that you think might work won’t work. For example, even though most of the kids in the NYC admission by test schools are Asian and not black, a high % are considered “economically disadvantaged” (the kids’ immigrant parents often work at menial low income jobs – jobs that even American black people won’t take), their parents lack college educations, etc. And high income family blacks score lower on the SAT than low income whites and Asian so a low income preference does help blacks as much as a black preference. But, in a post race preference world, a preference for say kids that “come from single parent homes” or “live in inner city zip codes” would probably not fly because they are just race-proxy metrics.

  422. @Jack D

    Ethnical – Freudian slip? Maybe this can be a new word. “We must bring in millions more immigrants in order to be ethnical”.

    Yeah, I like that. It probably is some sort of “freudianish” type slip in that this is on ethnic terrain, so i’m firing various neurons. I find I miswrite quite a bit more when my brain is running will ahead of my fingers and often sort of related terms to the upfront thoughts. And, of course this has gotten worse as I’ve rounded 60.

    ~~

    In Michigan and California, the voters got rid of AA for their state U’s but black enrollment did not drop to zero.

    These places cheat. You know that. (Berkley at 3% is an obvious joke given California’s demographics.) And while Berkeley and Michigan are elite publics they aren’t Harvard.

    ~~

    The rest of this–you must know about some jurisprudence I’ve never heard of.

    Fisher lost against Texas a few years ago–and honestly can’t say with her mediocre SAT scores that her not getting in was “unfair”–and she had the advantage of raising a 14th amendment equal protection claim against a public university.

    Despite a bunch of folks treating Harvard like it “belongs to America” or something, it’s actually still a private university. Presumably free to select any damn admissions criteria they like. And as I pointed out–no matter whether it gives you or Twinkie or anyone else the vapors– from the “black box” perspective, Harvard’s little admissions black box spews out Asian admits well above their population percentage. They could have their black box tuned to make Harvard “look like America” and that would result in far far fewer Asians. A court is going to tell them that’s illegal? That striving for “diversity”–even “racial diversity”–is illegal? Don’t think so.

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  423. Jack D says:
    @AnotherDad

    For the millionth time, the train left the station on “private so we can do whatever we want” a LOOONG time ago. That did not fly even in the Cambridge of the 1920s and the Civil Rights Act of 1964 put a final nail in that coffin. Even a lemonade stand is not “private” in America 2018 and Harvard and the government are so in bed with each other that they have made a sex tape. And there is no “black box” that the x-ray of lawsuit discovery cannot peer thru.

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  424. @Jack D

    Well since the white gentile population share is something like 70%, that would be 560% of enrollment, so I’d give that a “no”.

    Exactly. That’s my point. (Maybe too subtle a joke? I pinned the LOL there.)

    Jews were in fact, wildly over-represented even under the nefarious “Harvard quota”.

    Whining because your tiny group doesn’t actually get to take-over someone else’s stuff, but rather they manage it to give your group an outsized share, but keep control to allow themselves to enjoy it, benefit from it too … shows not them, but you to be a*holes.

    And in this case, it wasn’t even that Jews didn’t get to take it over, but had to wait a generation to do so. And yet Jews whine … they didn’t give us Harvard fast enough!

  425. @Jack D

    For the millionth time, the train left the station on “private so we can do whatever we want” a LOOONG time ago. That did not fly even in the Cambridge of the 1920s and the Civil Rights Act of 1964 put a final nail in that coffin.

    And for the millionth time–

    a) it actually *did* fly in Cambridge in the 1920s; people tut-tutted–as is their right–but Harvard did what it wanted to do. (I know it offends you, but that’s not the same as “they couldn’t do it”.)

    and

    b) show me the jurisprudence that Harvard can not play games for diversity and must do colorblind admission by test. I’m aware of the jurisprudence that *public* universities are allowed to play such games–Bakke, Grutter, Fisher–even despite the 14 amendment equal protection clause. You’re telling me there’s a higher standard for private universities??? … but keep failing to cite the case.

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  426. @Jack D

    It’s hard to conceive of an alternate history America without Jews and what that would be like.

    Not that hard.

    Agree on the atom bomb though. Fermi–not Jewish–seems like the main guy, but would not have happened fast enough without Jews. So my dad would have hit the beach in Japan and I wouldn’t be here. Except history would be different so my dad would be he either. In any case none of us are here. Alternative history–that starts earlier than the 50s–is always like that: i’m not here.

    ~~

    You’ve played the German university card before, but it’s unpersuasive. They lost. English is the world’s dominant language. And their university system is different–they don’t have a “Harvard”. But they have several fine universities. And Germans do their share of the world’s decent academic work. (American’s do more than our share, but also more than our share of nonsense–including destructive anti-knowledge work.)

    But more on point … who cares. In actual economic performance and quality of life post-war Germany has been outstanding. It’s headed into the hopper now because of … “lessons of the holocaust”, “diversity is our strength”, “we must learn to be multicultural”.

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  427. Twinkie says:
    @Autochthon

    wasn’t not an error

    Indeed.

  428. Jack D says:
    @AnotherDad

    Actually it didn’t fly. Harvard was forced to back away from their publicly announced Jewish quota proposal and switched to a “geographic diversity plan” – this got the job done without breaking the law and removed the political heat at that time.

    As I said, as of this moment AA is OK but it is hanging on by the skin of its teeth. My prediction would be that with the court headed in the direction that it is going it is not going to withstand one more S. Ct. case. I could be wrong.

  429. Jack D says:
    @AnotherDad

    But they have several fine universities.

    In the QS Rankings (one of the main international ranking organizations), the 1st German university appears at #61 (Technical University of Munich).

    ETH Zurich (around 200 miles away) is #7 – they don’t speak English in Switzerland either (actually a lot of universities all over the world now give their courses in English, especially at the grad school level) and they didn’t win the war either.

  430. @Jack D

    You’re a rightist and most Jews were leftists so naturally you’d like it better without them (and they feel the same way about you).

    My point about Jewish influence is way more objective than that. (This is a critical point and the one I came back–to this well beaten comment thread–to answer.)

    You’re certainly right i’m a “rightest” of some sort. I have a respectable dose of Anglo-Celtic “get out of my face” “libertarian” element in my mentality. (As my comments on Harvard’s business being Harvard’s business should indicate.) Folks like protestant-church-lady-from-hell Hillary with their “we-know-what’s-best-for-you” arrogance are like fingernails on the blackboard to me. And their meddling managerial state … f’off! And yeah, i’m also “traditional” enough that the agenda of bighomo is replusive–without even going into their anti-freedom “you’ll bake us a cake!” thuggery.

    But my claim that Jewish influence on your society is a “really bad” idea isn’t some left/right–we’re on different sides in “current era” America–thing.

    Rather it’s that Jewish ideology always seeks to make societies more open to penetration and dominance by Jews. And that basically means breaking the nation’s traditions, culture and people–”more immigration”, minoritarianism, “diversity”, “multiculturalism”.

    Let’s say Jews got a foothold and started to gain influence in Japan. What would be see from Jews–businessmen, academics, media? It’s no mystery. Japan needs more immigrants. Japan needs to quit being so insular. Japan needs more protections for minority rights. Japan needs to “open up”. Japan needs to … stop being so Japanese!

    That’s the deal. My “Jewish influence is really bad”, isn’t Jews think left, AnotherDad thinks right–so i think Jewish influence is bad. It’s an objective analysis of Jewish behavior. Jewish influence on a nation is like a function that seeks to breakup and destroy the nation.

    J(X) = !X

    From the perspective of X … that sucks! If your group’s influence is always to break apart, “open up”, “multiculturalize”, alter demographics of the nation it’s in, then your group’s influence is *really bad* for the nation’s existing people–i.e. the nation. Not a matter of opinion, but of mathematical fact.

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  431. Jack D says:
    @AnotherDad

    I feel much better now. For a while I thought you really didn’t like Jews, but now I see it is all scientific like. Nothing personal. You can’t argue with science, so I guess that’s case closed.

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  432. Clyde says:
    @Jack D

    I read all of another dad’s comments here. He is good and raw and exceedingly honest but my vote goes with Jack D.

  433. Corvinus says:
    @AnotherDad

    “I know it just galls some Jews, but whites actually do not need Jews around to create nice places to live. America was a great place to live well before any significant number of Jews showed up in the “Great Wave”.”

    First, some whites may feel that they do not need Jews here in the States. Second, people make nice places to live, not whites. Third, America is still a great place to live.

    “Whites are actually quite capable–arguably the best in the world (Japanese may disagree)–in creating great places to live.”

    Except it wasn’t “whites” who created the best places in the world. It was different ethnic groups throughout human history.

    “America was a pretty terrific place with the WASPs still pretty firmly in charge in say 1950.”

    Roman Catholics, Presbyterians, and Baptists were not fans of WASPs “in charge”.

    “It’s an objective analysis of Jewish behavior. Jewish influence on a nation is like a function that seeks to breakup and destroy the nation.”

    No, it’s a subjective analysis based on confirmation bias.

    ““lessons of the holocaust”, “nation of immigrants”, “multiculturalism” ideologies.”

    All important things to a number of American citizens.

    Here’s a scenario for you–You see your ten-year-old nephew. You say, “Hello”. He introduces you to his black friend and his Jewish friend. How do you address this situation? Publicly or privately? What advice would you offer? In other words, how do you “teach” him about the principles of the Alt Right? Do you have “the talk”? Do you use picture books**? How about a video series**?

    **I’m really surprised that someone on the Alt Right has not come up with some sort of “educational series” designed for youngsters to teach them about race realism, Jewish machinations, white nationalism, etc. There could be a wide range of activities–word searches, hidden pictures, coloring–along with words of wisdom from Whitey McWhite, and his sidekick, Geno Cide. As a bonus, there could be a game that the lil’ sh-t lords can procure through four proof of purchases based on this classic.

    http://www.historyinanhour.com/2012/07/06/jews-out-board-game

  434. @res

    The graphic in Hsu’s post says “basic logistic regression”. He has made enough silly comments on that subject to call into doubt whether he understands what logit regression does, never mind how it does it or what its basic properties are.

    Do you see now the purely logical/mathematical problems (that I pointed out) with Hsu’s claim that “an Asian penalty was needed to reproduce the [Harvard admission] demographics”? As a reading of the graphic he posted it is nonsense, independent of how the admission works. Harvard could be discriminating and Hsu would still be wrong, and for more than one reason.

    Just another day at InfoProc.

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