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So I sit down after dinner to watch some political shows on TV. What are they talking about? The Mueller Report. Still talking about it, still getting heated about it. I get to thinking about the opportunity cost of all the anti-Trump passion that is still, after more than two years, roiling our national legislature. Two issues, immigration and Higher Ed, are most urgently in need of legislative and/or Executive Action. We’re not getting it, though, as long as so much of our political energy is going into this tiresome campaign to find President Trump guilty of something—anything.

Last week’s turn of events involved U.S. Attorney General William Barr, who is accused of something-or-other to do with the report in some way I can’t be bothered to understand. From the little attention I can be bothered to pay, I’m guessing that Mr. Barr, who has a reassuringly ursine look about him, can take care of himself.

Nobody much in Washington, DC seems to be interested in it the stinking, steaming, fetid mountain of dog poop that is our higher-education system. I watched the YouTube video of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos giving a twenty-minute address at the Manhattan Institute on Wednesday. She hardly said anything about Higher Education.

De Vos did remind us, though, that her department is just forty years old this coming October. For the first twenty years of the department’s existence the Republican Party went into every election campaign with a promise to eliminate it, but of course nothing was done and the promise has now long since been dropped. The Education Department is in fact a star exhibit for how utterly ineffectual the Republican Party has been at resisting the growth of federal power and spending.[ A Brief History of GOP Attempts to Kill the Education Dept., by Dan Bauman and Brock Read, Chronicle of Higher Education, June 21, 2018]

Another issue under the heading “Opportunity Cost”—an issue about which nothing is getting done while the congressninnies fret and fume about imaginary conspiracies—is of course immigration. The whole system is falling apart and Congress doesn’t seem inclined to do anything about it.

Neither, to be fair to Congress, does our President. Immigration’s been a mess for decades; but it’s on Trump’s watch that is has descended into full chaos. We are now at the point where a smart Third Worlder who wants to settle in the U.S.A. would be a sucker to go to his local consulate, apply for an immigrant visa, and wait a few years until his category comes up. Better choices are either (a) get a tourist visa and just overstay, or (b) fly to Mexico, hike up to the border, and claim asylum.

There’s was an immigration angle in the news last week related to the college-admissions cheating scandal.

A billionaire tycoon from communist China—and I’m sorry, but for an old Cold War baby, I still can’t repress a snicker when I say the words “billionaire tycoon from communist China”; but it’s a strange world we live in and a whole generation of adults have never known any other so they don’t get the joke—so this billionaire tycoon from communist China, surname of Zhao, paid six and a half million to the fixers to get his daughter Molly a place at Stanford. [Mom who paid $6.5M in college scam thought she was making donation to Stanford: lawyer, by Ben Feuerherd, NY Post, May 2, 2019 ]

Half a million of that six and a half seems to have gone to Stanford’s sailing program. The fixers told Stanford that Molly was a champion sailor, though she is of course no such thing. Stanford’s former sailing coach John Vandemoer—he’s been prosecuted for racketeering—was part of the fix. Molly Zhao entered Stanford two years ago; but she vacated her campus housing this March, and her present whereabouts are unknown.

It’s a sleazy little story. But higher education in the U.S.A. is a sleazy business, and not a sleazy little business. It’s a sleazy huge business. Our colleges and universities are swilling in money.

That’s why they can afford all those Administrative Assistants to the Secretary for the Associate Dean of Diversity and Inclusion. That’s why they have Departments of Gibberish Studies where ineducable low-IQ students can play at educating themselves. That’s why they have sports coaches on seven-digit salaries.

That’s why the colleges and universities are key centers of the multicultural racket that is poisoning our intellectual life and ripping at our social fabric. That’s why I go down on my knees by my bedside at night and pray for the Almighty to send us a Henry the Eighth to sweep away the whole rotten stinking mess, the way Henry emptied out the monasteries.

I should say that there are losers in the academic money game, although with all that cash on hand, I’m not clear why there should be. While administrators and sports coaches are drinking champagne and dining on pheasant, most of the actual teaching work is done by research assistants on minimum wage. Possibly this is some remnant of the old idealistic notion of the selfless scholar.

Where does all the money come from? Four sources:

  1. Alumni with fond memories of their salad days, paying to get a plaque with their name on it affixed to some desk in the college library.
  2. Federal, State, and corporate grants and tax breaks paid for by working Americans.
  3. Middle-class American students beggaring themselves all the way to retirement and beyond with huge tuition loans. [Seniors owe billions in student loan debt: “This will follow me to the grave”, by Mark Strassmann, CBS News, May 1, 2019]
  4. Rich foreigners like Molly Zhao paying full ticket.

The system isn’t intrinsically corrupt; but with that much moolah sloshing around, the vultures will gather.

The immigrant aspect is by no means all of the corruption: Americans were paying the fixers, too. And the fixers themselves in this case are Americans. [Lori Loughlin wants a trial to clear her name in college admissions scandal, report claims, by Jessica Sager, Fox News, April 30, 2019

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The case of Ms. Zhao does remind us, though, how far we have drifted from being a traditionally high-trust, north-European society. Other cultures—cultures in which the circle of trust is not much bigger than immediate extended family—expect to acquire social goods by corruption. Corruption for them is routine.

Mr. Zhao was just doing his best for his daughter. Who would object to that?

Nobody in China.

This little story is, in other words, a data point on the graph line we are sliding down from a noble republic with lofty ideals of fairness and equality under the law to just another squalid low-trust kleptocracy.

And they are linked, as the case of Molly Zhao illustrates. Where higher education is concerned, we need to think about how to starve the beast. A good, easy starting point would be to stop issuing visas to foreign students. Those full-tuition foreigners are great for the colleges’ balance sheets, but they take up classroom seats Americans should be sitting in.

Higher education is a limited national resource. That resource should be for the nation’s citizens to use. China has colleges and universities a-plenty—I used to teach at one—and a tradition of scholarship stretching back to the Bronze Age. Let them educate their own people.

While I’m peaking of administrative bloat in higher education, Yale University President Peter Salovey announced last month that Yale is expanding its diversity’n’inclusion office.

The actual name of that office is the Office for Equal Opportunities and Programs, “OEOP” for short. That word “is” might in fact be a “was” at this point, as President Salovey told the university in an open email on April 9th that as well as expanding the office he will also rename it.

No word yet on what it’s being renamed to. I suggest “Office of Multicultural Inclusivity, Goodwhite Orthodoxy, and Diversity—”OMIGOD” for short.

Anyway, Salovey’s email—and here I’m actually quoting from an account of it in the Yale News, April 10th—the email said that the university will “hire a new deputy secretary who will help implement diversity initiatives across the University campus.”

So apparently Yale University, in the opinion of its President—who, in the photograph that heads up the Yale News story, does not look ursine; more like murine—Yale doesn’t have enough people monitoring its diversity, it needs more [Yale to revamp equal opportunities office, by Serena Cho, April 10, 2019]

So what precisely will this new deputy secretary do?

Quote:

The deputy secretary will supervise specialists who will train student leaders and dean’s designees—those who receive student concerns related to alleged discrimination and advise administrators on how to promote diversity—to respond to discrimination and create a healthy, inclusive campus culture. The report also recommended establishing a group to advise senior University administrators on how to respond to sensitive incidents of harassment and discrimination.

Good grief! This is the diction in which administrators at a major modern university speak and write. You could put President Salovey’s email in a time capsule and bury it so that archeologists of the 31st century will be able to see the depths of insanity our culture sank to before it collapsed completely.

Do you mind if I just pause for a moment? I’m having a rather vivid fantasy I want to share with you:

I have attained total power over the U.S.A. I announce to the nation that, after a decent pause to allow evacuation—twenty-four hours should be sufficient—the U.S. Army and Air Force will shell and bomb Yale University to rubble. Then, when the fires have burned out, the Army Corps of Engineers will move in and sow the ground with salt.

There, that’s better! OK, to continue with the news story.

This further expansion of Yale’s OEOP is a delayed result of two incidents last spring—delayed, because those incidents caused the university to hire in a raft of diversity consultants, all on fat fees of course, to study the incidents and come up with recommendations.

Both last year’s incidents concerned a white lady named Sarah Braasch, a graduate student in Yale’s Philosophy Department. Ms. Braasch is seriously smart, with degrees in real subjects—engineering and law—but she seems from her Twitter feed to be somewhat … let’s say “highly strung.”

In both those incidents last spring, Ms. Braasch called campus police on black people she found herself alone with at night in her dormitory building, people who seemed to have no business there.

One was a young black man who got in an elevator with her, rode up to her floor with her, then got out with her. The other was a black woman sleeping in the dormitory common room at 1 a.m., against dorm rules.

So both times Ms. Braasch called the cops, and the cops came. On her account of what happened I’d say that calling the cops was a prudent thing for a highly-strung young woman to do. [The Other Side of the Story: Sarah Braasch and the “Napping while Black” Incident at Yale, by freezelin, Medium.com, Mar 6, 2018]

The blacks took offense, of course, and in no time Ms. Braasch was being hounded in the media as a racist. Yale hired in the consultants, they investigated and produced a report, and Mr. Salovey’s email is the result.

Heather Mac Donald, who is a Yale alumna, published an op-ed [At Yale, ‘Diversity’ Means More of the Same] in the Wall Street Journal April 23rd mocking what she called “this latest accretion of bureaucratic bloat” at her alma mater.

Yale President Salovey [Email him] actually responded, with a Letter To The Editor pasted together from snippets of multi-culti boilerplate, like a kidnap ransom demand. [Yale Is Right to Actively Cultivate Diversity, April 28, 2019]

“Diversity strengthens Yale” says the President, when obviously it does just the opposite—so much the opposite, he’s having to hire more people to keep the lid on all the rancor and mistrust that naturally arises from diversity.

“Our students hail from 123 countries,” boasts the President. I’d say that’s 122 too many.

Yalies who want to acquaint themselves with foreigners and their ways should head off abroad in their summer vacations, as university students in my generation used to do.

Their campus time should be spent among other Americans. This is a big country; there’s a lot to learn about it.

 

2010-12-24dl[1]John Derbyshire [email him] writes an incredible amount on all sorts of subjects for all kinds of outlets. (This no longer includes National Review, whose editors had some kind of tantrum and fired him.) He is the author of We Are Doomed: Reclaiming Conservative Pessimism and several other books. He has had two books published by VDARE.com com: FROM THE DISSIDENT RIGHT (also available in Kindle) and FROM THE DISSIDENT RIGHT II: ESSAYS 2013.

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  1. Anon[382] • Disclaimer says: • Website

    The first step in the healing process must be whites admitting they committed a grave wrong against Palestinians by aiding and abetting Zionist immigration-genocide against those people.

    If the Israel Project has proved to be extremely detrimental to whites, it was because Jews were allowed to run wild and free and DO ANYTHING with no price. By indulging Jews in their destruction of a gentile Palestinians, it set a new template where Jews are above the law and criticism and normal standards(at least by Western standards).

    Whites must have expected gratitude from Jews, but Jews with their immense egotism and megalomania had to have everything. So, what Jews did to Palestinians was used as template for their plan for whites. Whites are the New Palestinians.

    Derbyshire should ask himself, “How come whites can’t defend their borders and how come Palestinians in West Bank can’t either?” Jews can invade W. Bank but Palestinians cannot enter freely into Israel(formerly Palestine). If whites are so pro-Jewish, why is their lot closer to that of Palestinians? It’s because both whites and Palestinians are under Jewish globalist occupation.

    White servitude to Jewish Power is the #1 reason for white decline. When you serve the people most hellbent on your destruction, you are finished.

    Whites should never have allowed Jews to get away with what they did in Palestine. It only emboldened Jews in the conviction that they can manipulate the US to do ANYTHING for Jews in Israel. When Palestinians complained, whites laughed at them.
    Now, Jewish globalists figure on pushing Great Replacement on whites. The White Nakba. So, who’s laughing now? Well, I guess Palestinians get their chance to laugh too. Whites who aided Jews to destroy Palestinians are now being destroyed by Jews in turn.

    If a zebra helps a lion kill a wildebeest, it shouldn’t expect gratitude. After feeding on the wildebeest, it will turn on the zebra. “But I helped you.” The nature of the lion is not to care and just kill more and more. Jewish nature is the same. It must have more and more, and if you were dumb enough to help Jews destroy another people, they will come for you next. And you have no right to complain since you gleefully aided Jews in the destruction of an innocent people.

  2. captflee says:

    Mr. Derbyshire;

    Your plans for the Ivy League are, like the thousand lawyers chained to a boulder and pitched into the Pacific above the Challenger Deep, a darned good start.

    From what I have observed recently, some thought needs to be given to selective application of similar methods to lesser institutions, home to legions of wannabe Maos and Lenins.

    • Replies: @Jett Rucker
  3. Ron Unz says:

    The case of Ms. Zhao does remind us, though, how far we have drifted from being a traditionally high-trust, north-European society. Other cultures—cultures in which the circle of trust is not much bigger than immediate extended family—expect to acquire social goods by corruption. Corruption for them is routine.

    Actually, I don’t think that’s correct. From everything I’ve heard, virtually all admissions to elite colleges in China are scrupulously meritocratic and fair, with the children of billionaires and poor peasants taking the same test and being judged on the same scale.

    After all, that’s why so many of the former choose to attend a college in the US, which has just about the most corrupt admissions system in the world. For them, it’s either Harvard, Yale, or Stanford in America, or shaming their families by attending a third-tier college back home.

    Although there’s massive amounts of other types of corruption in China, I think the overwhelming majority of the Chinese are very satisfied with their government, given that their urban real incomes have been doubling every decade. If American real incomes had been doubling ever decade, we’d also be pretty satisfied.

    But college admissions is a big deal in China, and I suspect that if it suddenly came out that Chinese admissions system had become as corrupt as the American one, there would be an immediate popular uprising, and all of China’s ruling elites would quickly be guillotined…

  4. It’s probably damn near as off-topic as your 1st comment here, but this is where this Assistant TO the Regional Manager bit comes from:

  5. “Mr. Zhao was just doing his best for his daughter. Who would object to that? Nobody in China.”

    Actually WeChat was pretty evenly divided on the matter, as one would expect. It is an incontrovertible fact that all corruption, all, begins with one’s daughter’s need for either violin lessons or orthodonture. From there, it’s a slippery slope to perdition.

  6. Tusk says:

    The Education system is thoroughly destroyed through a variety of measures, and this problem is not localised just to the US. Australian universities now rely on foreign students to help fatten the bottom line even if it means accepting people that do not even speak passable English!

    It was a young female student from the Punjab region in India asking to be admitted to a mathematics unit he was teaching even though she had not met all the criteria.
    It should have been a routine conversation, but after more than an hour he was struggling to communicate with her.
    “There was no sufficient background either in English language or in academic English and even in the very basic mathematics that she had done at high school,” he said.
    “However, having said that, this woman was under the impression that she was a high achiever.
    “Her eyes lit up when she told me this. She said, ‘I was so good that Murdoch University chose to give me a scholarship’.”

    These Universities are fighting with one another for the luxrious students who pay full fees and contribute $34 billion to the Australian economy, and in order to be competetive, lowering the required English band required to a level 5 now – which equates to someone who has “modest use of the language, copes with overall meaning, and can handle basic communication.
    In America, Chinese people are paying millions to get into univiersities, but in Australia they’re giving out scholarships to these people.

    “Dr Duncan Farrow, a senior mathematics lecturer and academic misconduct investigator, noticed a dramatic increase in cases of academic misconduct such as plagiarism by students by the end of first semester.
    They were mainly students from the Masters of IT course.
    “Over 60 per cent of the students failed at least one of their four units that they’d taken and 14 per cent had passed no units at all,” he said.”

    One should be very worried for the future of Academia considering that these rigorous institutions have thrown all sorts of quality control out the window and at the end of the day no longer care about citizens who want to attend these courses. Go to Canberra, the capital city of Australia, and visit the Australian National Univeristy (#1 in the country) and what you’ll see and hear is not much English and a lot of Mandarin. Most of these students can barely communicate in English and you always see them struggling for basic tasks like buying a bus ticket.

    What is the point of going to University these days? Your cohort will be people who you can barely communicate with, you’re going to be increasingly left out as diversity measures are pushed favouring anyone non-native, and you’re going to assume a large debt that’s worthless considering hundreds of thousands of foreigners have the same qualification who continually failed every semester. It is a worrying position indeed.

    https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-05-06/uni-academics-risk-jobs-to-speak-about-international-students/11082640

    • Replies: @UrbaneFrancoOntarian
  7. @Ron Unz

    Yes, and you, Mr. Unz, know more than John Derbyshire about China because of what-now?

    About the Chinese attending American universities, things change quickly. Reputations don’t die very easily, but at this point, it’s already the case where Chinese parents (I know one Mom 2nd-hand) are sending their kids to the Univ. of North Dakota, not one of the Ivies, as far as I know, for this reason: The kid ain’t too bright and could not get into any decent school in China. Yes, there is a big test. Do you think there is no corruption and cheating? Yeah, right.

    I think that Mom is an idiot for spending all her money on this piece of paper, and the kid will have to go at least for 5 years, as his English sucks. She’s sacrificing a lot, but the Chinese have a big belief in credentials, whether there is honesty behind them or not.

    American universities are whoring out their slots for that full-out tuition money, and in the graduate schools, getting those visiting scholars in fields in field as un-Chinese-like as Sociology*, but also the engineering/science schools for the cheap labor, before the reputation of the excellent higher-ed system of 25 years back fades. After that, I don’t think the Chinese will come except for purposes of visa-overstaying and work visas.

    I could be wrong, but I am assuming that you have been reading a bunch of Mao-sackhanger Godfree Roberts’ writing. The guy is full of it, but I’ll give him credit for responding to me politely, at least.

    .

    * who end up teaching kids who can’t understand most of the lectures.

    • Agree: Tusk
  8. @Achmed E. Newman

    Can’t EDIT, but haha, I just saw Mr. Roberts’ comment after mashing [PUBLISH]. Again, credit where credit is due for politeness. You are a better man than me in that respect.

  9. Regarding the article itself (well, the bottom portion on Chinese students/admission to colleges):

    As far as the money goes, I think #3 is by far the biggest. State schools get donations of buildings occasionally from rich Alumni, but I’d say the order would be (3) – (2) – (1) – (4) in importance. The bubble in University riches due to the moral hazard of the guaranteeing of loans to students, whatever the major/risk/return is BY FAR this biggest factor. There is nothing these universities have to lose by convincing parents that their kid CAN pay the $7,000/semester tuition (3X that of 20 years ago) with a little help from the bank, who also has absolutely NOTHING TO LOSE.

    Tuition can go up accordingly, and “seats” at a school I am familiar with were to go up by 1,000 or so per year, per a plan a friend told me about. Most parents/students will never get a good return on this money, and it will eventually be a part of the reason for higher income taxes down the road for them or their children (if the country hasn’t gone bust, a big IF). Loan money outstanding is up over $1,500,000,000,000 ( 1 1/2 Trillion) right now, with default rates of 11 – 15% (depending on your definition).

    It’s gonna be a real shitshow when this thing pops. That’s what happens when “your” government introduces a moral hazard. Not to worry – China has plenty moral hazards of their own introduced by government.

    • Replies: @joeshittheragman
  10. Another point I meant to make is that not only were these Universities created to be of service for Americans, not foreigners, but more precisely for residents of their particular States, in fact. The point of State schools was to develop doctors, engineers, scientists, and just well-rounded liberal-arts-educated people that would mostly stick around and be of great benefit to the State.

    You don’t hear much about that anymore, and that might be why legislatures have cut back their portion of the Universities budgets (again, not to worry, there is that guaran-damn-teed student loan money POURING in). Can you imagine being a local legislator and walking around campus – this is ANYWHERE in the country, Mr. Unz, not just Stanford and Harvard, etc – and thinking “this is not my state, hell, this isn’t even my country. Let’s go ahead and get that new highway built instead.”? Can you blame them for wanting to make cuts, when the benefits go to Chinese and Indians (taking American jobs once they get the green cards) and New Yorkers who got their piece of paper for 1/2 off?

    It’s pretty unrecognizable from 30 years ago.

  11. Ron Unz says:
    @Achmed E. Newman

    Yes, and you, Mr. Unz, know more than John Derbyshire about China because of what-now?…Yes, there is a big test. Do you think there is no corruption and cheating? Yeah, right.

    Well, Derb has never claimed anything different, including after closely reading several of my articles years ago in which I made exactly those same claims. If he now does, I’ll certainly take that into consideration.

    I’ve discussed this issue over the years with quite a few people seemingly very knowledgeable about China, and they’ve said exactly the same thing. For years, the American MSM has endlessly attacked and denounced China and Chinese society on all sorts of different grounds, some plausible and some doubtful. Ordinary Chinese are also always denouncing corruption in China in all sorts of areas. But I’ve never seen a single claim anywhere of any corruption in elite university admissions. So if it exists, it must be exceptionally well hidden.

    If you browse around the Internet, I’m you can quickly find thousands upon thousands of stories rightly or wrongly denouncing Chinese society with regard to every possible type of misbehavior and corruption. So how about you try to find a single case of corruption in university admissions…

    • Replies: @Tusk
    , @Achmed E. Newman
    , @Truth
  12. Alfa158 says:

    “China has colleges and universities a-plenty—I used to teach at one—and a tradition of scholarship stretching back to the Bronze Age. Let them educate their own people.”
    Certainly but;
    A. A lot of Chinese are eager to get their doggie-chew-toy-tycoon fortunes out of China and move to a White country where life is generally more pleasant and secure. Getting your kid into a US University is a step to the kid staying in the US, and then chain migrating the rest of the family in.
    B. According to Ron getting into a top Chinese university is highly competitive and merit based. Maybe it is easier to get into a prestigious US university through means other than pure merit. c.f.; look at the mathematically improbable ethnic proportions of places like Harvard.

    • Replies: @Anonymous
  13. Tusk says:
    @Ron Unz

    Cai Rongsheng, the former admissions director for Renmin University, called the integrity of the system into question. Mr. Cai, 50, acknowledged to a court in Nanjing, where he is on trial, that he had accepted more than $3.6 million in illegal payments between 2005 to 2013, in exchange for helping 44 students obtain spots at Renmin, a prestigious school in Beijing

    Does this count? I’m not an expert on the matter but this took me 1 minute on Google.
    https://www.nytimes.com/2015/12/05/world/asia/china-renmin-university-admission-bribery.html
    http://en.people.cn/n/2015/1203/c90000-8985529.html

    Or what about this:

    The relatively small city of Zhongxiang in Hubei province has always performed suspiciously well in China’s notoriously tough “gaokao” exams, each year winning a disproportionate number of places at the country’s elite universities.
    Last year, the city received a slap on the wrist from the province’s Education department after it discovered 99 identical papers in one subject. Forty five examiners were “harshly criticised” for allowing cheats to prosper.

    https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/china/10132391/Riot-after-Chinese-teachers-try-to-stop-pupils-cheating.html
    https://www.theatlantic.com/china/archive/2013/06/heres-the-quote-that-sums-up-chinas-huge-problem-of-cheating-in-schools/277108/

  14. For years, the American MSM has endlessly attacked and denounced China and Chinese society on all sorts of different grounds, some plausible and some doubtful

    Believe me, I understand that the Lyin’ Press (or MSM, in the old, quaint terminology) is all kinds of stupid, but it’s only been lately with the warmongering neoconerry (same as with Russia) that China has been made to look bad. After the hard-core-Communism era, ending arguably by the late 1980’s, I think the Chinese and their government were treated pretty well by the press.

    All of the spying at the national labs, the theft of American engineering know-how, the misery of Americans’ experience with the Cheap China-made Crap has not been touted a whole lot by the Lyin’ Press, from my experience, Mr. Unz.

    So how about you try to find a single case of corruption in university admissions…

    I don’t think the internet is going to do it. I know people and will try to get more info from actual Chinese people. I already wrote of a case from personal knowledge (maybe under iSteve) in which a smart EE student was kicked out of school and never let back in due to political behavior. He became a TV repairman, but I’m gonna ask about him too.

  15. @Achmed E. Newman

    This article is about corrupt practices in college admission the world over, including China:

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2019/03/16/our-big-college-admissions-scandal-just-made-us-look-lot-more-like-rest-world/?utm_term=.c847a95f8f57

    Even so, I’d rather get more information from 1st-hand sources that I can trust. Just having the central government run one big testing program is asking for trouble in the first place. Getting back to Mr. Derbyshire’s article, it’s the fact that people put so much stock in credentials from these Ivy league schools to begin with, that’s the problem. That probably won’t change as long as Big-Gov is in such close cooperation with them. Our big Feral Gov’t makes sure those degrees ARE the golden tickets.

    Yes, it would be great if they were all wiped off the face of the earth. We all may have our own different favorite ways of doing that …

  16. Ron Unz says:
    @Tusk

    Does this count? I’m not an expert on the matter but this took me 1 minute on Google.

    https://www.nytimes.com/2015/12/05/world/asia/china-renmin-university-admission-bribery.html

    Yes, that’s an absolutely fair example, and I was entirely wrong for making such absolutist claims. However, if you read the text you’ll notice this intriguing bit of analysis:

    Until fairly recently, the only criterion for admission was a student’s score on the gaokao, the college admissions test administered to millions every summer. But that tended to produce student bodies that lacked diversity…Over the past decade, new policies gave some universities permission to consider other factors, including musical ability, athletic prowess or skills at foreign languages, in selecting students. But by allowing admissions officers to use their own judgment, Mr. Moser said, the new policies gave them influence they could barter.

    Basically, China had always used a strictly meritocratic system that allowed virtually no corruption. But fairly recently, some universities got permission to shift to something closer to the American system, whose subjective admissions allows massive corruption. The result was…corruption!

    Renmin University has a total enrollment of 24,000 students, and in the example cited, an average of about 5 per year had gained admission through corruption, with the result apparently being a huge national scandal. It would be interesting to see how many other cases can be found, or whether the subjective admissions system responsible remained in place.

  17. As usual Derbyshire misses some of the most important things about American Education:

    1)DeVos is an idiot who is clueless about education and is the typical Trump appointee.

    2) Abolish Accreditation. Great Britain and most other countries don’t have the bureaucratic nightmare that we have in America. Accreditation serves no useful purpose except to increase the price of everything. Medical schools and other schools have their own tests and accrediting agencies. If it’s good enough for Oxford, Cambridge, Imperial and other schools it should be good enough for Harvard and other so called institutions of higher education in America.

    3) Greater than 75% of all Presidents, Deans, Chairpersons and Administrators in the Ivy League are Jewish. An investigation should begin immediately.

    4) The Student Loan Debt in America is 1.56 Trillion dollars…wait til it collapses.

    5) College should not be for everyone. This is another American Myth and the Universities have just dumbed down everything. Community college work is like middle school investigations have revealed.

    6)Most of the degrees including African Studies and similar genius studies are nothing more than white hate courses by communist Blacks. They should be called for what they are…fake courses and if the universities want to host them they should be subject to public scrutiny. University of North Carolina had thousands of minority students go through such fake courses and no one did anything to them including the Accrediting Agencies.

    7) No federal funding including student loans for Colleges and Universities that teach courses against whites, demands black or minority space, destroy Western Civilization Courses, and preach Identity Politics. If they want these things Americans don’t have to fund them.

    8) And finally acceptance should be based on merit not quotas, diversity, or other rigged criteria.

  18. Anonymous[392] • Disclaimer says:
    @Ron Unz

    The Derb is busy pushing his propaganda again I see.

    Whites are only a high trust society when they are united in exploiting other people. See Anglos in their exploitation of the third world and see how they are when they have no one else to exploit but each other.

    That’s why whites always feel the need to import other people.

    Anglos are the most corrupt people on earth by the way, even more than Jews. They just mask it better.

  19. Anonymous[392] • Disclaimer says:
    @Alfa158

    This is literally what American elites did for their own kids back in the day. While America was still developing the elites would send their kids to elite European schools to be groomed.

  20. lloyd says: • Website

    Having taught in Chinese Universities for nine years, I can assure you that cheating by administration and students is a way of life. An exam paper submitted to the admin is promptly circulated to the students. No penalties for cheating. Nothing would surprise me. I can only speak about the lower grade Universities.

    • Replies: @Ron Unz
  21. Republicans might want to court the Asian meritocracy vote to win on a 1% margin, using these Harvard-denied sagas. But Harvard is still just a privilege. No one is owed a privilege. And Trump was not elected on a theme of doing something about higher ed.

    The public secondary school system is far, far worse, and it touches everyone—like it or not—whereas higher ed is 100% a choice. Even when people send their kids to private secondary schools, they still have a dog in the fight over poor-quality public secondary schools due to property taxes.

    Trump was hired to reduce legal immigration to reasonable numbers and to stop illegal immigration.

    Congress does need to to find out why tuition costs at state universities started a steep ascent around 2004. Charles Hugh Smith has a chart on his blog, showing tuition for UC Davis going from a reasonable $5,000-something per year in 2004 to over 14,000 per year now.

    State universities are not supposed to be for-profit enterprises, and they weren’t when I was there. Back when tuition was reasonable, professors made a decent, comfortable income. That’s not likely the source of the inflation. Even though the proliferating administrators on college campuses make far more than the professors, there aren’t enough of them to explain that tuition uphike, either.

    What is it? Quite a few decades ago, universities started courting students with things like campus fitness centers, daycare for the kids of students and professors and other non-academic perks. Have the posh amenities for 18 year olds gotten out of hand?

    Did too many kids get admitted, leading universities to ramp up hiring? I doubt it.

    Since women entered colleges and workplaces en mass, more advanced degree holders have been chasing the few tenure track positions, making it harder for people with PhDs to get a permanent teaching gig. I have met multiple people with advanced degrees who could never find a tenured teaching job, including some offered just a few, sporadic classes. They were temp professors, not teaching assistants—temps with completed PhDs.

    Before so many people got PhDs, the degree meant something. It meant a good chance at a household-supporting job.

    The same can be said for lower level degrees. This has been true for decades, however, not just since the massive Millennial generation hit the scene. Xers raised in middle and upper-middle-class households had every bit as much social pressure to get a degree, even though we knew most degrees would not result in a decent job.

    Many Xers still paid off their student loans—and other types of loans—like business loans just as large as the Millennials’ college loans. They shared a car if married. They lived in miserable, crappy apartments. They never went out to eat or on trips.

    Xers did all of that even though paying off a business loan does not result in a return on the effort in many cases. Just like with many Millennials and their student loans, it is an obligation with no guaranteed financial return. Millions of Xers who paid off loans of all types are close to the cusp of retirement with no retirement savings.

    Since the Nineties, the economy has been crappy for all but the top 20%. The fallout from wealth concentration made possible by assortative mating and central bank bubbles, and the free fall of the middle class facilitated by offshoring and welfare-buttressed immigration, did not start with the Millennial Generation.

    Yet, the economic compassion gap is a as big as the wealth gap when it comes to bigly generations versus smaller generations. I don’t hear any violins playing for all of the Xers with impossible situations.

    But all of the smartest economists are suggesting that Millennials should have their loans forgiven. Millennials, after all, are in that sex-and-birthing age, and thus, they must be accommodated in reproducing for the motherland. Their student loans, say these economists, are the thing that is holding Millennials back.

    Ummm, no that’s not the only thing. It’s just one thing. If their loans are forgiven, most of the Millennials will still have the issue of unaffordable rent that has doubled in some high-wage cities and is just as unaffordable in all low-wage cities. Loan-free Millennials will still face the ephemeral churn / temp / part-time labor marker.

    Out-of-reach rent costs keep multitudes of Millennials (and others) under their parents’ roof, and that includes many people with a degree and no student loan debt.

    Rent that absorbs more than half of monthly, earned-only income is also the reason why so many people accumulate credit card debt. Most so-called “real jobs” are unreliable, forcing many non-welfare-eligible, childless, single people who live on earned-only income to put basic living expenses on credit until they can find a new churn job. This includes the expensive and lengthy period before they get their first low paycheck in the new churn gig, during which they must finance long commutes, rent, groceries and everything else.

    Now, it’s different if a spouse covers the main expenses between your churn gigs, with the government kicking in a few extra thousand in non-refundable child tax credit cash to reward you for womb-productive sex.

    It’s different if a child support check from an ex spouse covers your rent.

    Due to the crony-parent job network, you are also much more likely to retain your voted-best-for-moms offiçe job, even if you fail to meet quotas and are absentee from work for lengthy periods (days, weeks, and afternoons, plus PTO and preggie leave).

    Whereas even when you meet the quotas every month and attend work every day, you cannot count on leniency for the pettiest of momentary infractions, not unless something has exited your birth canal.

    Nor do you have to worry as much about the part time / churn job market in a single-breadwinner household with kids since your earned income is buoyed by multiple streams of unearned income from Uncle Sam. Womb-productive sex and part-time work that keeps you under the earned-income limits for welfare means that—between churn jobs—you still have your free EBT groceries, reduced-cost rent, free electricity, monthly cash assistance and up to $6,431 in refundable child tax credit cash.

    The pay-per-birth welfare buffer is why the Millennial Generation is 76 million strong, while the Gen X is only a reasonable 48 million. But to make sure that the 76 million Millennials start pumping out more kids, the USA needs to absolve them of their college loan obligation.

    I really don’t care that much if politicians do it, even though my ex and I were able to pay back a business loan bigger than most of their college loans in 5 years. Even though our net income was paltry, we still did it, and we did it quickly, not over 20 years. We did it by sacrificing what we wanted to buy. I bet quite a few Xers who paid back student loans via the same sacrifice will care.

    And I doubt that it will work. I didn’t have to borrow for college. That did not help me.

    Economists seem to think the rent-covering jobs will come gushing forward, enabling these debt-liberated Millennials to buy the show houses that many of the young “career” women require before reproducing in this era.

    Sure, some Millennial dual-earning parents will have dibs on two household-supporting jobs with benefits per household, just like a few “needs-the-job,” absenteeism-friendly, above-firing, family-friendly parents in the top 20% hold the few rent-covering jobs now.

    Unless a general debt jubilee actually results in more corporations investing in breadwinner jobs in this country, and for the citizens of this country, not for legal / illegal immigrants, student debt forgiveness for Millennials won’t work. It will just be a momentary feeling of relief, followed by a period of financial overreach spawned by false hope, in which they try to rent apartments on low-wage churn jobs, whereupon most of them will find out that it was not just the student loan debt that made it impossible.

    Congress definitely should do something to make up the difference between what Millennials were charged and a normal rate of inflation for higher ed. They should just look at the difference in inflation from other, similar spans of years, making sure the Millennials pay back a reasonable amount, not a gouged amount. Comgress should help them to that extent.

    To absolve one generation is not fair to the Boomers & especially to the Xers who did not get much, financially speaking, out of their degrees, either, in most cases. They still had to pay back student loans at the expense of retirement savings and other things. But it is not fair for the post-2004 Millennials to pay way more than previous generations.

  22. I don’t know why people say that the US is a low-trust society. I fully trust it–to be completely corrupt, that is. I trust it to be corrupt when California reverses its elections with last-minute “discovered” ballots. I trust it to be corrupt when virtually every Dem politician turns out to be a dual citizen with Israel. I trust it to be corrupt when I look at the Ivy League college which my father attended for free, which I struggled to get into but had to pay much $ for, n which is now filled with rich foreigners paying sky-high tuition while Americans are now virtually shut out of. Foreigners who condemn American values n institutions at every opportunity, demanding we open the floodgates to let ALL of their people in.

    In 1974 I met my first foreign college student when I was a teenager. Within five minutes he was loudly condemning the US n insulting American society, n me without even bothering to learn my name. I still recall wondering Who the hell is this Pakistani guy? And how n why is he here? When I got to college, the place was filled with literally thousands of Iranians who spent most of their time clogging the streets with loud demonstrations.

    When I got to grad school, my clearest memory is of foreign grad students who would shout n throw books at American grad students inside the classrooms. None were ever expelled or even disciplined as far as I could tell because their behavior never improved. On the contrary, they were often hired by those same schools n became professors. My second clearest memory is of the plethora of Jewish professors whose rhetoric was in no way distinguishable from that of the most virulent anti-American foreigners.

    The socialist co-op where I lived as a student had students from all over the world. The Arabs were the only ones who completely ignored house rules n contemptuously threw their cigarette butts on the floor, a fire hazard. This was the same co-op where I caught the top two elected co-op leaders smuggling co-op furniture out the back door at 3 a.m. to furnish their private apartment.

    What’s amazing to me is that these same schools have the nerve to contact me n ask me for money! I just laugh n hang up. These universities are no longer our universities. They’ve been occupied by activists n foreigners who take for granted that American tax money will continue to subsidize their invasion n occupation of American territory.

    I completely trust the Republicrats to do nothing about this.

  23. Tusk says:
    @Anonymous

    I forgot that Scandanavia, perhaps the gold standard of high trust society, were once the kings of colonialism and exploitatoin of poor black bodies around the world! After all Sweden owes the Middle East reparations.

    • Replies: @BengaliCanadianDude
  24. Thomm says:

    This no longer includes National Review, whose editors had some kind of tantrum and fired him.

    Derb was the wronged party at the time, but, so many years later, to put that in one’s bio is to look bitter and petty. Plus, why would anyone still want to be employed at NR at this point anyway? They are outright hated by both Democrats *and* all Trump supporters.

    Note that both Rich Lowry and John Derbyshire are left-wing, except in different ways.

  25. Wally says:
    @Anon

    said:
    “Whites should never have allowed Jews to get away with what they did in Palestine. It only emboldened Jews in the conviction that they can manipulate the US to do ANYTHING for Jews in Israel.”

    Nope, that would be too late.

    Euro-whites should never have allowed the fake & impossible “holocaust” propaganda to be shoved down their throats.

    That absurdity is the root of today’s mentioned immense problems.

    http://www.codoh.com

    “Alone the fact that one may not question the Jewish “holocaust” and that Jewish pressure has inflicted laws on democratic societies to prevent questions—while incessant promotion and indoctrination of the same averredly incontestable ‘holocaust’ occur—gives the game away. It proves that it must be a lie. Why else would one not be allowed to question it? Because it might offend the “survivors”? Because it “dishonors the dead”? Hardly sufficient reason to outlaw discussion. No, because the exposure of this leading lie might precipitate questions about so many other lies and cause the whole ramshackle fabrication to crumble.”

    source: TELL THE TRUTH & SHAME THE DEVIL, by Gerard Menuhin: Revisionist Jew, Son of Famous Violinist’

    https://shop.codoh.com/book/406/411

    • Replies: @Jett Rucker
  26. Thomm says:

    The US University system would have collapsed under its own malfeasance by now if not for the 1.1M foreign undergrad students (about 800,000 of whom are from China) paying full price.

    Not that that collapse would have been a bad thing, given how utterly rotten the entire sector has become.

    Ironically, the Chinese families are paying full price for something that is about to rapidly plummet in value. The combined rot of the admissions scandal and the replacement of education with SJW indoctrination will eventually catch up with the Higher Ed industry.

    • Replies: @nebulafox
  27. Ron Unz says:
    @lloyd

    Having taught in Chinese Universities for nine years, I can assure you that cheating by administration and students is a way of life. An exam paper submitted to the admin is promptly circulated to the students. No penalties for cheating. Nothing would surprise me. I can only speak about the lower grade Universities.

    Actually, you might be able to shed some light on the admissions issue under discussion. It sounds like you came across lots of cheating in class, but did you hear much scuttlebutt about bias or corruption in admissions to top-ranking universities?

    For example, were there stories of people being able to use their influence or connections to get their children admitted? Or complaints about friends or acquaintances of theirs who’d gotten unfairly admitted to top universities using such methods while they were stuck at a lower-grade college?

    • Replies: @Wizard of Oz
    , @lloyd
  28. Wally says:
    @Anonymous

    ” See Anglos in their exploitation of the third world and see how they are when they have no one else to exploit but each other.”

    So, what “third world exploitation” would that be?

    And what is an “Anglo”?

  29. swamped says:

    The billionaire tycoon from red China, surname of Zhao, who paid six and a half million to the fixers to get his daughter Molly a place at Stanford would, of course, have been better off just investing that wad in a nice safe index fund & let the spoiled brat live out all her pampered days in the lap of luxury on the income, rather than sweating out finals in some dinghy dorm room in a decadent capitalist country. The only thing kids learn at Yale & Stanford these days anyway is political correctness. You can pick that up on the cheap by lazing on the couch staring at CNN or MSNBC. And anything else you need to know in the way of factual knowledge you can look up on your inseparable dumb phone. So what’s the use.
    If the commies can counterfeit North Face jackets & Rolex watches, why not Stanford sheepskins. Anyhow, those full-tuition foreigners who are great for the colleges’ balance sheets may take up classroom seats Americans should be sitting in, but at least they’re not taking up dorm commons seats that Americans should be sleeping in. Yalies & other more normal people “who want to acquaint themselves with foreigners and their ways” don’t need to “head off abroad in their summer vacations, as university students…used to do”…they can just head down to the Southern border & meet all the foreigners you want – or wait for them to come to you, in a caravan or on an expired visa. Campus time or community time won’t be spent among other Americans, anymore. This is a big country but it still can’t take every fake refugee & migrant gold digger in the world. The “stinking, steaming, fetid mountain” of illegal immigration is still the much bigger and rapidly growing problem.

  30. That’s why the colleges and universities are key centers of the multicultural racket that is poisoning our intellectual life and ripping at our social fabric.

    And yet the non-retarded bits of the major universities in the West, are contributing to the stock of human knowledge (engineering, scientific, and so forth) at rates that should bewilder anyone who tries to take it all in.

    Look at a chart of the error rate for deep-learning based image classification: the field went from a 28% success rate in 2007, to a 3.4% error rate in 2017.

    Or think about the absolute revolution in computer simulations of protein-folding problems: we are a few generations (with generations measured in half-years) away from being able to generate bespoke proteins – which will open up a huge array of applications for fixing degenerative diseases.

    Materials Science is proceeding apace, too – although still too slowly for my tastes, since it has trouble attracting talent away from CompSci. But those dudes will eventually find some clever ceramic that’s stronger than titanium, lighter than styrofoam, and biologically inert.

    We have fake hamburger that’s a pretty good approximation to the real thing (especially when you put it on a bun with sauce, salad and a pickle); another decade and we’ll print bacon.

    Robotics? Amazing.

    Medical devices? Astounding (exoskeletons for disabled humans are already a thing).

    Gene therapies? Holy Fuck, bro.

    Wherever you look in the non-bullshit parts of universities, the Smart Fraction is moving the ball, and their contributions to human productivity generate a staggering amount of value – so much productive surplus that we almost don’t begrudge the resources wasted on trying to find university-based ways to provide day-care for dullards… all the way down to the fourth decile.

    I enjoyed the 1970s and the 1980s, but now is the best time to be alive in human history. Anyone who claims otherwise is myopic.

    [1] Couldn’t help myself, inserting science fiction… human image classifiers are generally CompSci grad students, and therefore never have girlfriends.

    • Replies: @Old Prude
    , @obwandiyag
    , @Alden
  31. Technomad says:

    Bribery to get one’s underqualified kid into an elite school is very old. Normally, it takes the form of donating a building or endowing a chair.

  32. dearieme says:

    Yale is named after a notorious slave-trader: when is woke Yale going to do something about that?

    Moreover, the bastard was white. Eugh!

  33. @Tusk

    It’s in their blood. Only so much they can do about it. And in fairness to the Chinese, it’s also “in the blood” of just about every people on earth, with the conspicuous exception of N/W European societies and their progeny, and to a lesser extent Japan and a couple city-states.

    Meanwhile, given the author and the topic and the conspicuous absence (so far) of Attila the Troll, I thought I’d fill in for her thus:

  34. @Ron Unz

    The really important institutions for the future of a country which can’t float on hydrocarbons are those educating the top 10 per cent. So, ignoring the minor colleges and universities where lloyd (supra) tells from experience that the Chinese are not exemplary, it would be interesting to know more about the difference in financing, facilities and administration between the top US and top Chinese universities. It seems that corruption, if only at the edges, has crept in when China has moved from rigid — intended-and-no-doubt-believed-to- be meritocratic — tests for the future Mandarinate to allow discretion intended to favour not necessarily measurable criteria. After all, it only requires a few cynical corruptible people to be in a position to exercise the new discretions. But what about empire builders managing large funds (cp. Harvard as hedge fund) or building programs. Big money might be needed and obtained and internal wheeling and dealing not difficult to imagine. What about the team tasked (I hypothesise) with building up a fund intended mostly to entice back to China or to retain in China its world leading scientists and scholars. I am just trying to imagine how the combination of ambitious people and the raising of funds can suggest where one might look for the similarities and differences between the US and China at the levels where it is going to matter in the long run.

    My interest is a little more than theoretical as I have just been asked by a dear family member for her $1350 a month rent anticipated for her first year at Columbia. There is still some hope of reduced fees I gather as I am not the parent. I wonder what it would have cost if she hadn’t been smart enough to get in via SAT and interview?????

    • Replies: @Inquiring Mind
  35. Icy Blast says:

    Let us bear in mind that this ridiculous Derbyshire character, a castoff from the odious “National Review,” is a self-described “semitophile.” Apart from this we know he is fiercely anti-Catholic and a enthusiastic materialist-Darwinist in the mold of Richard Dawkins. How this barbaric collectivist freak gets his work published anywhere is beyond me. Perhaps someone will explain.

    • Disagree: RadicalCenter
    • Replies: @utu
  36. Gefreiter says:

    As is typical for jew-blind Derb, he completely misses the target on the Ivy Leagues.

    Sure, they cater to jews and look the other way when jews lie and cheat. And sure, jewish controlled tax-free “charities” launder billions of their ill-gotten loot on these institutions.

    But the real damage the Ivy League has done to the country is through its secret clubs and fraternities. Skull and Bones is the most famous, but there are hundreds of secret associations and freemason lodges in all of these “schools”. The Fraternities in reality are merely recruiting grounds for these satanic organizations.

    Just look at the revelations from Kerry and Bush about Skulls and Bones initiation where they lie naked in a coffin and masturbate while telling all their sex secrets to all the members and masters of the sect. Besides the mind control aspects of the humiliation, this first ritual, of many more to come, provides the sect with the ultimate blackmail material, all the hidden depravity of its members.

    You can also be certain that any boy who had been sodomized as a child and had developed his “third eye” would immediately be slated for rapid advancement within the organization if for no other reason than they can be easily blackmailed and ruined.

  37. Old Prude says:
    @Anonymous

    I disagree. I notice the fully able folks parking in the handicap spots and bringing two full carts of groceries to the express checkout lane, paying with an EBT are all dusky. The white folks are left panhandling in the median.

  38. George says:

    “Stanford’s former sailing coach John Vandemoer—he’s been prosecuted for racketeering—was part of the fix.”

    I thought FBI cases were prosecuted in the name of The People of the US? The current trope in US Courts is to deny cases because the plaintiff lacks standing. I don’t think the People of the US have standing in Yale admissions issues?

    France’s Macron to shut elite ENA school in drive for fairness
    http://static7.businessinsider.com/frances-macron-to-shut-elite-ena-school-in-drive-for-fairness-2019-4

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/%C3%89cole_nationale_d%27administration#Closing

    • Replies: @Thinker
  39. @Ron Unz

    Although there’s massive amounts of other types of corruption in China

    But absolutely none, NONE, I tell you, in admissions to “elite colleges”. Anyone who believes otherwise is a fool and a communist. Oh, wait a minute . . . .

    • LOL: The Anti-Gnostic
  40. @Anonymous

    Why is Tiny Duck posting as an anon?

  41. Excellent. Sort of a literary tragicomedy, funny (for the prose) but tragic (for the substance)> Only think he was unfair to single out Yale in his “vivid fantasy”: at a minimum, he should have added Middlebury College & the University of Michigan to his target list!

  42. Derb shouldn’t comment on higher education when he himself hasn’t mastered basic arithmetic (putting two and two together).

  43. @Anonymous

    392

    India and Hong Kong were less corrupt when UK ran them.

  44. @Ron Unz

    I could blame it on a bug, but it was probably me. I meant 2 replies to you, Mr. Unz. Anyway, yeah, I’d like to hear it from the gentleman below, Lloyd, with his having lived in China for 9 years or more.

    I have been numerous times to China, but I don’t speak the language. I stayed for 1 1/2 months one time, and I do keep my eyes open, as one of those “noticers”, in Steve Sailer parlance. In addition, I know enough people to get the inside story on what really goes on there. One of the biggest things, as I’m sure has, and can again be, confirmed by Mr. D here, is that in China, the family comes first, close friends or people you’ve got the guan xi come next, but society at large does not rate at all, when it comes to honesty and integrity.*

    I would find it extremely hard to believe that there are no scams involving college admission and the test-taking itself. I will say that the Chinese believe in meritocracy, which would simply be knowledge and talent/skill in the math/Chinese/science and whatever else is on those tests. Here in America, they’ve got the “holistic” admissions practices, which are simply ways to admit more black people (and Hispanic now) that would otherwise not be admitted, and without officially breaking the laws made by white people to stop the unfairness. We have a whole lot more to deal with than the Chinese do, with their “unfortunate” diversity-desert they’ve got over there. ;-}

    Somewhat related to the inherent corruption there, my Chinese friend, said when she was way back in high school the teachers would even pick the richer students for answering questions and ignore the poorer kids whose parents could not help them in any of various ways. That’s the culture, period.

    .

    * Don’t get me wrong on this, Chinese people are OVERLY proud, IMO, of their culture and 5,000 year history of the Han people, but they are not going to be fair in dealings within Chinese society if it will impede getting their own ahead of the pack.

    • Replies: @Ron Unz
    , @Thinker
  45. Jake says:
    @Ron Unz

    The truth of what you say here is going to be hard for many to accept.

  46. Jake says:

    The cartoon that leads this article is an example of how and why we are here. Neither the cartoonist nor Derbyshire is close to being astute enough to realize that the ‘Ivy League’ is a direct result of the Tudor reformation, which featured stealing all the monastery lands.

    Ideas have consequences.

  47. Uhh, Derb, is it such a good idea to be writing things that could potentially whip up anti-Chinese sentiment? Think about the country your son has to live in.

  48. Both last year’s incidents concerned a white lady named Sarah Braasch, a graduate student in Yale’s Philosophy Department. Ms. Braasch is seriously smart, with degrees in real subjects—engineering and law—but she seems from her Twitter feed to be somewhat … let’s say “highly strung

    This tells you all you need to know about American Higher Education. Young woman gets an engineering degree. In a sane society, she would go off and become an engineer. Academia would have helped produce another productive member of society. But no, she goes back and studies Law. Does she become a lawyer ? No. She then goes off and studies Philosophy. And she’s still living in a student dorm.
    Contra Derbyshire, this woman is not ” seriously smart”, she’s an academic groupie or junkie. Instead of getting a degree and using it productively, they hang about universities into their late twenties or later, using up their parents money or getting seriously into debt. In the latter case, they’ll never be able to repay the money.
    But Derbyshire is right about the Ivy League. Abolish it and get the inmates out in society where they will have to work for a living.

  49. @Achmed E. Newman

    China has plenty moral hazards
    ————————————-
    “moral hazards” are an integral part of being a chink…

  50. Ron Unz says:
    @Achmed E. Newman

    One of the biggest things, as I’m sure has, and can again be, confirmed by Mr. D here, is that in China, the family comes first, close friends or people you’ve got the guan xi come next, but society at large does not rate at all, when it comes to honesty and integrity.*

    Well, here’s the thing. I’d argue that by any reasonable standard, America is a *vastly* more corrupt country than China these days, except that we have “macro-corruption” whereas they have “micro-corruption.” That’s surely one of the main reasons why the real incomes of ordinary American workers have been almost entirely stagnant for about 50 years, while Chinese real incomes have been doubling every decade. But because so many Americans, including the commenters here, pretend that “macro-corruption” isn’t really corruption, they somehow manage to avoid noticing it.

    Here’s a couple of paragraphs from a long 2012 article of mine:

    However, although American micro-corruption is rare, we seem to suffer from appalling levels of macro-corruption, situations in which our various ruling elites squander or misappropriate tens or even hundreds of billions of dollars of our national wealth, sometimes doing so just barely on one side of technical legality and sometimes on the other.

    Sweden is among the cleanest societies in Europe, while Sicily is perhaps the most corrupt. But suppose a large clan of ruthless Sicilian Mafiosi moved to Sweden and somehow managed to gain control of its government. On a day-to-day basis, little would change, with Swedish traffic policemen and building inspectors performing their duties with the same sort of incorruptible efficiency as before, and I suspect that Sweden’s Transparency International rankings would scarcely decline. But meanwhile, a large fraction of Sweden’s accumulated national wealth might gradually be stolen and transferred to secret Cayman Islands bank accounts, or invested in Latin American drug cartels, and eventually the entire plundered economy would collapse.

    http://www.unz.com/runz/chinas-rise-americas-fall/

  51. Trump has all the authority needed to stop illegal immigration under the Constitution but he has deliberately not done so because his zionist controllers want open border to destroy America and so he lies about doing something but does nothing but obey his zionist masters.

    Education has been taken over by the zionists and the dumbing down of our education system is complete, which is what our zionist rulers wanted!

    We are slaves on the zionist plantation known as Oceania!

  52. A Carthaginian Cleanse of Yale would indeed be refreshing; in fact, there are more than a few institutions and places where that is just the tonic needed.

    • Replies: @Achmed E. Newman
  53. Agent76 says:

    Mar 10, 2014 Department of Education whistleblower Charlette Iserbyt about the deliberate dumbing down of America.

    The former US Department of Education Senior Policy Advisor suggests that the our educational system is not based upon children learning.

    09/22/2016 Indoctrination: 35 Years of the US Department of Education

    Since 1980, during the Carter Administration, America’s K-12 education system has come under increasing control by the dictates of the federal Department of Education (DOE) with failing results, taxing states and filtering the money through Washington to return a portion of it back to the states.

    https://mises.org/wire/indoctrination-35-years-us-department-education

    • Replies: @Achmed E. Newman
  54. @Ron Unz

    EXACTLY, Mr. Unz. I’ve never used the “micro-” and “macro-” terminology in posts I have written about this, that’s a great way to put it. With the US Feral Gov’t as massive and out-of-control a beast as it’s been over the last 20-50 years (depending on what aspect you are looking at) I would agree that the US has more corruption at the top than China at this point.

    However, as to the macro- sort: China, along with any country that has been totalitarian, along with others, like those in southern Europe and Latin America, has always had corruption at the high level. America of 100 years back, and arguably even up through the early 1960’s had a small enough government so that it was only confined to, what?, railroad scandals, location of military bases, usual bribes to the pols for special favors. The very important thing is that, if government is too small to interfere with citizens’ lives very much, corruption cannot be that big. America has been the ONLY country that has ever had a small, well-run government with high freedom for citizens for 150 years! Nobody has topped that, and perhaps the whole thing was just a lucky fluke.

    On the micro- sort: Yes, it’s not everything, but the whole high-trust society business which provides just a greater quality of life is something that is very American, British, and NW European. It is/was a great thing. We all know, that even with non-diverse Italians or Hondurans, or Chinese, you just aren’t going to get this – it seems innate. In the non-diverse America of MY youth, Ron, people left their cars and front doors unlocked (we did), and the paranoia level was so much lower. What I particularly remember is turning off someone’s headlights (it wasn’t very hard back then!) that were left on in the parking lot by just reaching in the open window – to help save his battery – not just once either.

    But because so many Americans, including the commenters here, pretend that “macro-corruption” isn’t really corruption…

    Perhaps that is the case when it is NOT THE SUBJECT at the time. I think most unz readers hate all the American interference around the world and the squandering of tax money in huge amounts, only possible due to the FED and the fact that the US $ has been propped up as the Reserve Currency still. So what? That doesn’t have to do with fairness and honesty at the local level.

    I have your post up in another tab and will read it later. Thank you.

  55. @The Alarmist

    A Carthaginian Cleanse of Yale would indeed be refreshing;

    If not, there’s always:

    • LOL: The Alarmist
  56. Anon[284] • Disclaimer says: • Website

    Jared Diamond’s Guns Germs and Steel

  57. @Agent76

    AGREED, Agent76, and thank you for bringing discussion back to John Derbyshire’s article (it’s been my fault somewhat, as we’ve been fixating only on the China/admissions business). I do remember Ronald Reagan in particular, though I’m sure more of “them”, as the author stated, promising to get the hell rid of the Dept. of Education that Jimmy Carter had just created as payback for votes from the teachers unions in the election of 1976.

    Until then, though there was that pernicious “E” in the Cabinet Department called H.E.W. (Health, Edumacation, and Welfare), the average American in the 1970’d would have told you that the US Feral Gov’t should have nothing to do with the education of their kids. We have fallen so far in so short a time, Agent76.

    What makes it even worse is that, at all levels, it’s the women running things. They can make it even more miserable for the kids, the boys especially.

  58. Dr. X says:

    I have made the mistake of teaching at the college level for the past twenty years (and not at elite institutions, either). This has been neither financially nor socially rewarding.

    At the time I went to graduate school, the industrial economy was being outsourced to China and Mexico, so it seemed like a good idea. But in the past thirty years, higher ed has degenerated into a racket.

    Insofar as any real teaching is concerned, Derb is right — graduate assistants or itinerant, non-tenured faculty making near-minimum wage do the bulk of it while administrators and diversity commissars fatten their wallets with six-figure salaries. Free inquiry is basically dead. Universities are cathedrals preaching the dogma of the secular religion of egalitarianism. The feminist, affirmative action, gay, transgender, and social justice agenda is the central mission of university administrations and they pursue the party line with Stalinist ruthlessness.

    The fact that all of this is supported financially by government grants, tuition assistance, student loans, and tax exempt status enables universities to charge criminal sums for tuition and ensure that they will always get paid.

    The analogy to the Reformation is quite apt. I agree, the first thing we must do is destroy the universities if we want to take our culture back.

    • Replies: @jeff stryker
  59. lavoisier says: • Website

    This little story is, in other words, a data point on the graph line we are sliding down from a noble republic with lofty ideals of fairness and equality under the law to just another squalid low-trust kleptocracy.

    Just a question for Mr. John Derbyshire.

    Does this transition from a noble republic to a low trust kleptocracy have anything, anything at all to do with the current Jewish dominance of this republic?

    A simple yes or no answer would be appreciated.

  60. “Two issues, immigration and Higher Ed, are most urgently in need of legislative and/or Executive Action. ”

    I’d say that a higher priority would be dealing with putting a stop to the social media tycoons running roughshod over freedom of expression/discourse/commerce rights since the way things are going The Derb may not get to say much more about higher “education”, immigration or whatever else.

    And I’ll just pre-emptively state that “free enterprise” is not a defense for what Zuck, Bezos, Page & Brin et al. are doing. As Obama put it, they didn’t build those businesses by themselves; others went before them. The others being the taxpayers and folks like William Shockley.

  61. @Wizard of Oz

    What is what the $1350 NYC rent to attend Columbia?

    What can you not learn at Cow College in Small Town, State of Flyover for much less expense that they teach you at Columbia?

    Does a Columbia degree open that many doors? Does it really open those doors, or is only for people who are otherwise “connected” anyway?

  62. @Dr. X

    DR X

    When I was in college and any minority could go to school forever, there were African-Americans I knew who spent 7 years getting Bachelor’s degree.

    Not for any real lack of ability, but simply to stay on campus when they were 25 years old.

    I remember asking “Whatever happened to so-and-so (Black kid)”.

    “Oh, he’s still at Central”.

  63. Anon[208] • Disclaimer says:

    What’s the point with Molly Zhao? She has enough money to settle in Monaco or Barbados, if she ever wanted to leave China. All these rich Chinese who come to American schools are just visiting, not immigrating into your beautiful Mongrelia.

    I was also confused by the part with “things have changed in universities since the foreign invasion”. Were you going to claim that Donald Trump got into, and graduated from UPenn, thanks to his smarts? Was Bush Jr. good for Harvard? Have you ever heard these men speaking?

    The way rich Americans used to buy their Ivy League degrees caught on. It’s the same with outsized yachts and Swiss chalets. Why would I be upset that the ethnic distribution of the world’s billionaires has shifted to a more Indian or Chinese hue? It’s not like any of us could buy what Molly, Georgie, and Donnie have bought.

  64. @Tusk

    Sykes Picot was a mistake

    So was Saddam

    And the attacks on Assad

    Shame

  65. Disappointing. Not a single mention of ((them))

  66. @Inquiring Mind

    Was Obama “otherwise connected” before he went to Columbia?

  67. @Tusk

    @ Tusk

    “…acknowledged to a court in Nanjing, where he is on trial, that he had accepted more than $3.6 million in illegal payments between 2005 to 2013…”

    I think the operative phrase here is “where he is on trial”.

  68. Old Prude says:
    @Kratoklastes

    Best time to be alive? From a strictly materialist standpoint, yes. From a cultural standpoint: Apre nous le deluge…

  69. The nose gets whatever the nose wants.
    The nose wants open borders for America and the race replacement of white people.

    It’s obvious.

    All you have to do for every situation is ask, “Who benefits?”

  70. @Kratoklastes

    Yeah, they’ve been promising this stuff for a hundred years. And it’s always around the corner.

    I bet you are a great fan of GMOs.

    God, is Science Worship a dumb religion.

  71. Please to remind my fellow Patriots we were never going to vote our way out of this.

    Trump has long been over. Sooner the “conservative” half of the Uniparty dies the sooner we go directly to communist filth vs. Patriots.

    • Agree: Robert Dolan
  72. Truther says:

    America is falling apart because it is no longer a Protestant white nation. It is now a Jew nation. Jews have taken over all of our most important institutions from Wall Street to Hollywood, DC to SV, and everywhere in between: media, academia, judiciary, deep state. And as can be seen throughout history, whenever Jews take over any institution/country, they invariably run it to the ground with their insatiable greed, dishonesty, clannishness and ruthlessness.

    A Jew run nation fits in perfectly with other equally corrupt third world peoples like the Chinese, Indians, Muslims, Latinos and Africans. As the Jews are busy selling out America to the highest bidders, these other groups can’t get enough of what they have to sell. Eventually they’ll all be feasting on the carcass of whites, while turning on one another.

    I don’t know why the neocons are even worried about the Chinese. They are about as dumb and corrupt as any third world people. Rich Chinese are clamoring to send their offspring to Jew run universities in America, paying top dollar to have them indoctrinated into good little SJWs supporting the Jew World Order. Indians are even better SJWs as they are even dumber, even the FOBs with the thickest accent are busy running for office, touting their support for socialism and the JWO. Jews will run the world (to the ground) in the end, as God intended, and it all begins with their takeover of our elite universities.

  73. Randy says:

    Henry the VIII looted the monasteries and declared war on British and Irish Catholics, thus starting the Troubles. Merry old England was Catholic old England.

  74. @Inquiring Mind

    Needless to say she is an articulate smart personable young lady and much of what is hoped for her comes from learning and conversing/arguing with peers who are stimulating and challenging – surely?

  75. utu says:
    @Icy Blast

    You want to talk about Derbyshire get thesaurus:

    despicable, contemptible, loathsome, hateful, detestable, reprehensible, abhorrent, abominable, awful, heinous, beyond the pale; odious, execrable, repellent, repugnant, repulsive, revolting, disgusting, horrible, horrid, horrifying, obnoxious, nauseating, offensive, distasteful, beneath/below contempt; vile, base, low, mean, abject, shameful, degrading, ignominious, cheap, shabby, miserable, wretched, sorry, scurvy; infamous, villainous, ignoble, disreputable, discreditable, unworthy, unscrupulous, unprincipled, unsavory;

    All of them fit.

  76. Anon[360] • Disclaimer says:

    Tech Censorship Is About To Get WAY WORSE, Amazon Expansion Plans Uncovered

  77. @Ron Unz

    I know nothing of the current Chinese education system. However, I know they did manage to maintain a scrupulously rigorous and meritocratic Imperial Civil Service exam for 1,000 years. So they have that going for them.

    • Replies: @Wizard of Oz
  78. Take the Ivy’s 503(c) status, in-fact take away every organizations 503(c) status. It’s the ultimate tax loophole for the ultra rich. The ultra rich get out of both estate and capital gain taxes by making donations, additionally there off spring get legacy and or employee status, positive PR for donating to “education” if the donations are big enough a really big tomb stone named after them “building” and say on how things are done etc……..

    • Replies: @Jim Bob Lassiter
  79. Rich says:
    @Anon

    Please, I’m begging you, stop with the “Jews”. The “Jews” are only copying the Anglo-Americans they sought to emulate. The whole problem is the upper class WASPs who thought they were better than their fellows. If tomorrow the Anglos stopped, “the “Jews” would follow. Jews in America really just want to fit in, you guys are going down the wrong path here. Convince thew Anglos that it’s in their best interest to support their fellow Whites, and we’ll be living in Utopia in a generation. They just don’t get it. They’re more scared of Catholics than they are of the real threat, and they use “Jews” as their shield. Whitey has to get it together. Soon.

    • Disagree: Robert Dolan
    • Replies: @Truther
    , @utu
    , @NYMOM
  80. Donald Trump amplifies (((AIPAC))) RACE POWER!!!!

  81. lloyd says: • Website
    @Ron Unz

    In China, outside the extended family and social circle, everything is for grabs. Literally too. You can’t leave anything of any value lying around although serious crime scarcely ever affects citizens and ex pats. The movie Forest Gump might throw light on admissions into Chinese Universities. I know nothing about the “top ranking Universites”. The Universities I taught at had no prestige other than the Chinese universal respect for education. I was grateful to be “stuck” at a lower-grade College.

  82. A good, easy starting point would be to stop issuing visas to foreign students. Those full-tuition foreigners are great for the colleges’ balance sheets, but they take up classroom seats Americans should be sitting in.

    I think this particular recommendation may be off-base insofar as there is no reason that the number of college slots should be fixed. If the money is there, creating more slots is as simple as hiring some additional professors. It should be just a case of supply expanding to meet demand as always happens in a free market. Thus, using foreigners as cash cows probably isn’t hurting Americans.

    For that same reason I’m also a bit skeptical of the oft-heard claim that government aid is what’s running up the cost of college. Again, it seems like there is no reason colleges wouldn’t simply expand capacity rather than raise price. So government aid should just run up the number of degrees (thus diluting their value), rather than their cost. (Unless the colleges are acting as a price-fixing cartel behind the scenes, which wouldn’t necessarily surprise me.)

    Personally, I would love to “starve the beast” as Derb suggest. But the trick is to figure out how to selectively de-fund the subversive Leftist nonsense without reducing funding for, say, chemical engineering or cancer research.

  83. Tusk says:
    @Ron Unz

    Well Ron, as posters on this website would know, one country is trying to advance its place in the world for their own benefit, whereas the other country is advancing the chosen tribes interests in both the Middle East and Wall Street, thus haemorrhaging money from such disasterous policies. That’s why one country is trending downward and another up.

    • Agree: Ron Unz
  84. Truther says:

    Never trust anyone who speaks Chinese, be it mandarin or a dialect. These are some of the most dishonest people alive and they’ll rob you blind, not to mention rude, loud and freaking annoying.

    The US is committing national suicide by allowing so many people from uber corrupt countries like China and India to come in. Obama gave the Chinese 10 year tourist visas, when most countries only allow 6 months. Now millions of them are living in the US on tourist visas, buying homes and sending their kids to our schools for free.

    Instead of tariffs, Trump needs to hit these corrupt mofos where it hurts: revert their 10 year tourist visa back to 3 months, stop issuing all student visas to Chinese students, and cancel the EB5 altogether. These corrupt mofos will capitulate within 3 months. Their corrupt officials and businessmen all have families living in the US waiting for them to join them before they get thrown in jail.

  85. Truther says:
    @Rich

    Jews don’t need to copy anyone, they’ve perfected the art of cheating, lying, stealing since before there was a diaspora.

    The Anglos were some of the most honorable people, especially the upper class. The English landed gentry were known for their gentlemanliness and moral uprightness until Oliver Cromwell the rat allowed the Jews into England. They married into the British aristocracy and corrupted a good, honorable people. They tried to do the same to the Germans and brought Hitler to power.

    • Replies: @Alden
  86. @George Taylor

    Amen brutha. Additionally these edu-rackets are exempt from local property taxes in their host communities–properties such as luxury student housing, food and beverage facilities, social gathering venues right on up to the Plantation Master’s (President/Chancellor) sumptuous house included. Institutional purchases of equipment and supplies are also exempt from sales taxes in some jurisdictions. A lot of the hard partying is also a burden on local police, fire and EMS services.

    Then toss in the chutzpah of all too many of these institutions being a source of grief for the taxpaying locals who have to foot the bill for being unwilling subjects of academia’s social justice labs that experiment on the locals by medaling in local affairs via the formation of “strategic alliances”, “community organizing” and illegal student voting in local elections. Nothing like shitting all over a community you’re going to leave in four years or so, is it?

  87. @Hypnotoad666

    Don’t you think it’s failure to protect them from a/the “century of humiliation” might have caused many to decide something completely different was needed? We know after all that the educated Mao through the country into the Cultural Revolution even after nearly 20 years of the CCP in charge.

  88. Mostly to Ron Unz, but pretty much related to Mr. Derbyshire’s post:

    My source has no knowledge of widespread cheating on these very important tests given out each year for determination of admission to college in China. However, per the source, the corruption in getting people in colleges around their scores on the tests is a widespread thing.

    No matter how high and just plain stupid the corruption in college admissions is in America, there’s one difference still. You can just pay the money and get into plenty of colleges to learn something, though maybe not to get the fanciest piece of paper. In China, if you screw up the test (and some people are smart, but really do suck at test-taking), without some big-time guan xi and/or cash, but via corruption either way, you DON’T GET IN!

    You do some velly sorid work, but, let’s admit it, you just not Peking University matelier, Zhou-el.

    I guess it’s the University of Illinois!

    • Replies: @nebulafox
  89. Anon[225] • Disclaimer says: • Website

    So-called ‘true conservatives’ support Social Platforms banning people on the basis that Big-Tech is private business.

    BUT, they are totally silent about the government passing unconstitutional laws at the behest of Jewish Supremacists. ‘True Conservatives’ are gutless shills of Jewish Globalists.

    They support Big Tech censorship because Jewish Glob wants it.
    They support Statist censorship because Jewish Glob wants it.
    They went along with globo-homo because Jewish Glob wanted it.

    They stand on ZERO PRINCIPLES.

    Their Bill of Rights is:

    1. Is it good for the Jews?
    2. Is it good for the Jews?
    3. Is it good for the Jews?
    4. Is it good for the Jews?
    5. Is it good for the Jews?
    6. Is it good for the Jews?
    7. Is it good for the Jews?
    8. Is it good for the Jews?
    9. Is it good for the Jews?
    10. Is it good for the Jews?

    • Agree: Robert Dolan
  90. utu says:
    @Rich

    Did Jews in USSR or Poland also copy Anglos?

  91. Frankie P says:
    @Ron Unz

    My son is attending high school in a small private Christian school (reasonable tuition) in Pennsylvania. He was born and raised in Taiwan, where I reside with his mother and sister. There are a handful of Chinese students in the school. He is in 11th grade and has recently taken the SAT test, and he is scheduled to take it again in late May. He informs me that the SAT test is taken in China 12 hours before the US. Professional test takers in China take the test, memorize the answers, leave with them, and sell them on WeChat. All the Chinese students in the US are aware of this corruption. My son (760 math score) called one of his Chinese classmates out, accusing her of using the test results. She was adamant that she didn’t use the answers. She scored 1550 on the SAT. However, he told me that SHE was also selling the answers on WeChat. Why doesn’t the US take action to prevent this?

  92. Alden says:
    @Inquiring Mind

    The Wiz is interesting. He and his extended family live in Australia. Yet he has numerous young relatives who attend the 5 most famous Ivy League universities in America, the 5 universities every person in the English speaking world has heard about. He and his relatives are White, yet the relatives manage to avoid the mandated discrimination against Whites, such is their genius.

    These are Australians. If they need to go abroad, why not go to one of the numerous prestige British universities for 18,000 British pounds $23,000 a year instead of one of the only 5 Ivy League schools he’s heard of for
    $60,000 tuition plus homogenous dorm fees?

    Verrrry interesting the Wiz family.

    I don’t believe a word about all these Ivy League Wizzes and never have.

    • Replies: @sb
  93. Alden says:
    @Kratoklastes

    I don’t eat real hamburger, let alone some disgusting soylent green. Never fed it to husband and kids either.

    The problem with hamburger is that the grinding process starts the rotting process. That’s why all hamburger tastes slightly rotten.

  94. Alden says:
    @Truther

    You might want to read some English history 1066 to 1600.

  95. Biff says:
    @Ron Unz

    However, although American micro-corruption is rare, we seem to suffer from appalling levels of macro-corruption, situations in which our various ruling elites squander or misappropriate tens or even hundreds of billions of dollars of our national wealth, sometimes doing so just barely on one side of technical legality and sometimes on the other.

    The American State has indoctrinated it’s lower end and it’s citizens with a very punitive reaction to micro-corruption – cops on the beat, city council members, and the tattletale citizens all willing to make a citizen’s arrest for the smallest of infractions.
    Is this done to help create the illusion that America itself is not corrupt, possibly providing cover for macro-corruption? Is this the consent factory at work?

    What does it take to make such a massive double standard acceptable?

    • Replies: @jeff stryker
  96. @Biff

    BIFF

    Because you are Indian or a UK Asian, it is hard for you to grasp a country founded on pure capitalist avarice. The United States exists purely to benefit profiteers-it is why Europeans went there 200 years ago and Indians do so today. Australian, Canada, NZ were all colonies that were attracted fed-up lower middle class Brits who wanted a fairer society free of a class-structure, which means integrity runs top-down.

    In the US, the system is rooted in special interest groups so fundamentally the US was based upon corruption. There is no overall sense that lobbies are intended for the public good. Corporations run America; Americans don’t their corporations.

    Street corruption comes down to some cop having sex with hookers on the stroll or an Italian mob boss paying off a judge. These things affect society on a street-level.

    Also, and it as an Indian you should understand this, the US government is de-centralized far more than Australia or Canada. This is why some regions and cities are so much worse than others. The Federal government for example, has ignored the Flint water crisis because it is a no-purchase in the economy. Water that has gone bad in a graveyard post-industrial city does not matter to Washington. You can be sure if the water went bad in DC, they would do something.

    • Replies: @BengaliCanadianDude
  97. sb says:
    @Alden

    The Wiz is one very peculiar Australian

  98. nebulafox says:
    @Thomm

    China’s issue isn’t that it doesn’t have top-notch universities: Beida and Tsinghua kids can match those at Harvard and MIT in raw intelligence any day, and they are relatively far more likely to pick up some brilliant peasant kid for the sticks. China’s issue is that it is still growing a solid “middle-tier” of universities. That’s slowly changing: I’ve already talked about how the best and brightest in places like Indonesia are going off to universities in China’s second tier cities for graduate school.

    But reputations die harst, and China is no less vulnerable to anyone else to HR using degrees as a easy resume filtering mechanism. Hence you see parents having their average-intelligence kids cram for the ACT in an effort to get into some no-name college rather than chance things on the gaokao, and you are beginning to see the same dynamic you already see in South Korea and Taiwan with over 60% of young people having degrees: and all too many ending up in the service sector.

    >The combined rot of the admissions scandal and the replacement of education with SJW indoctrination will eventually catch up with the Higher Ed industry.

    Agreed.

    Plus, ugly things happen when you massively overproduce degrees and fail to follow up in opportunities. Case in point: the Taiping Rebellion. It’s never the peasants who come up with the nastiest ideologies in world history, it is always the frustrated, recently declassed bourgeoisie, psychologically removed from any form of tradition or belonging, and expecting better. Politics is the refuge of the failed merchant, they say… but even moreso the failed academic.

    • Agree: utu
    • Replies: @dfordoom
  99. nebulafox says:
    @Achmed E. Newman

    >I guess it’s the University of Illinois!

    For condensed matter physics, you’d *much* rather go to the University of Illinois than just about anywhere else on the planet.

  100. @nebulafox

    Well, they’ve got their stuff together in Mechanical Engineering too, NF. I just pulled the line from the movie, and still screwed it up. S/B: “Looks like the University of Illiniois!”

    I really like the line at the end though “Princeton could really use a guy like you, Joel.”

  101. “…the rancor and mistrust that naturally arises from diversity.”

    I guess this hasn’t dawned on the administration yet, even though it is otherwise self-evident.

    This is one reason why the letters “Ph.D” are sometimes referred to as “Piled High And Deep”.

  102. @Tusk

    This happens in canada too.

    There are current 572,000 foreign students enrolled in our universities. Thats 1.5% of the entire population.

    It’s an absolute farce. The schools are full of random smelly short brown people. It’s treason to our people and an embarrassment to academia. These foreign students are a massive problem.

    • Replies: @Tusk
    , @jeff stryker
  103. dfordoom says: • Website
    @nebulafox

    Plus, ugly things happen when you massively overproduce degrees and fail to follow up in opportunities. Case in point: the Taiping Rebellion. It’s never the peasants who come up with the nastiest ideologies in world history, it is always the frustrated, recently declassed bourgeoisie, psychologically removed from any form of tradition or belonging, and expecting better. Politics is the refuge of the failed merchant, they say… but even moreso the failed academic.

    Yes. The greatest menace to any society is a surplus of useless intellectuals. Which is exactly what we have.

  104. Tusk says:
    @UrbaneFrancoOntarian

    I’m not too surprised, I’ve spoken to people who live in big cities in Canada and they often remark that they barely hear English spoken on the street and less frequently see whites around. This is of course the future for all anglo countries around the world despite it being a national disgrace that our government and institutions are willing to sell us out to the highest bidder. We are doomed to be Indo-Chinese colonies.

  105. “The case of Ms. Zhao does remind us, though, how far we have drifted from being a traditionally high-trust, north-European society.”

    Yes, and Derbyshire, you contributed to that drift by importing a Chinese communist and producing anti-white Chinese offspring. Once again, you can contribute to helping the West by moving yourself and your Chinese family to China.

    You recently went on a tear against Somalis over at VDare: https://vdare.com/posts/somalis-in-congress-this-is-not-going-to-be-the-country-of-white-people
    https://vdare.com/posts/somalis-all-over-83-7-percent-of-somalis-in-switzerland-rely-on-public-aid
    https://vdare.com/posts/somalis-in-uniform-mohamed-noor-guilty-in-killing-of-white-australian-woman-what-kind-of-sentence-will-he-get

    You should be careful what you write about blacks. Your wife and daughter voted for Obummer.

    You forgot to mention what the Chinese are doing in the USA:

    https://www.amren.com/news/2019/05/former-cia-officer-pleads-guilty-to-spying-for-china/
    https://www.nytimes.com/2019/04/14/world/asia/china-academics-fbi-visa-bans.html

  106. @UrbaneFrancoOntarian

    FRENCH-CANADIAN

    When I lived in Ontario there was still OSAP.

    • Replies: @BengaliCanadianDude
  107. @nebulafox

    Jawed Karim, a co-founder of Youtube also went to University of Illinois. For computer science

  108. @jeff stryker

    What? Australia was a prison colony, and they didn’t want to return to the UK after their sentence

  109. BENGALI

    No, most of Australia’s current population are descended from mid-20th century immigrants fleeing poverty in UK followed by Europeans and a few Americans.

    I’d compare it to the difference between Indian-Americans and Indo-Canadians (As terms differentiate them).

    Most Indian-Americans are from wealthier backgrounds, often Gujarati business elite or high-caste Brahmin or Dravidian IT folks from Bangalore etc.

    Indo-Canadians tend to be Sikhs or overall Indians of a lower income/caste.

    Canada was easier for Indians to immigrate to than the US and got a broader spectrum. But overwhelmingly Punjabi.

    • Replies: @dfordoom
  110. dfordoom says: • Website
    @jeff stryker

    most of Australia’s current population are descended from mid-20th century immigrants fleeing poverty in UK followed by Europeans and a few Americans.

    Virtually no Americans.

    But we did start as a penal colony and Australians historically have been ambivalent about Britain. Mind you their betrayal of us in WW2 was a bigger factor in driving anti-British sentiment. They also dumped the Dominions in favour of their cool new European friends when they joined the Common Market. There were good reasons why many Australians regarded the English as Pommy Bastards.

    • Replies: @Tusk
    , @jeff stryker
  111. Tusk says:
    @dfordoom

    As an Australian I think we should thank the British as if they didn’t ship my ancestors away I’d be living in England, a fate worse than death.

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  112. @dfordoom

    DOOM

    The last big influx of Americans was when Reagan broke the air traffic control strike in 1981 and thousands of American air traffic controllers immigrated to Australia. That was 1981.
    Perth got the US mining engineers when Argyle was up-and-coming and they all clustered in one part of Perth that is known as “little Appalachia”.

    A smaller number of Italian-Americans in organized crime moved to Melbourne and some US biker gang types moved to Australia as “middle-management” for criminal syndicates in the 70’s.

  113. dfordoom says: • Website
    @Tusk

    As an Australian I think we should thank the British as if they didn’t ship my ancestors away I’d be living in England, a fate worse than death.

    Good point.

  114. Thinker says:

    We need to start taxing all colleges that accept more than 2% foreign students as for-profit entities. They should also lose their land grant status and have to pay property taxes. All their research funding from both private and public sources should also be treated as taxable income.

    The Traitorous Eight need to be taxed to their eyeballs. No one group of institutions have done more harm to the country than the Ivy League. Their graduates, the “best and brightest”, have collectively run this country to the ground since the days of FDR.

    • Agree: RadicalCenter
  115. Thinker says:
    @George

    If Macron succeeds in shutting the Ecole Nationale d’Administration, he would’ve actually accomplished something worthwhile.

    We have our own Grande Ecoles in the US, the Ivy League + Stanford. The graduates of these schools have been collectively running the country to the ground since the time of JFK. All the most toxic liberal ideologies came from these schools, especially Harvard. Whatever Harvard does, the rest blindly follow. Whoever controls Harvard controls the country, and the Jews know it. That’s why they’ll never let go of their stranglehold of Harvard. Asians are the new barbarians at the gate, the Jews have largely succeeded in keeping their stranglehold on these institutions through the opaque and highly corrupt holistic admission system, and they will fight to the death to keep it.

    America will be much better off without our own Grande Ecoles. Shutting down these corrupt institutions will not only restore meritocracy to the country, but will shut down the source of all the most toxic liberal ideologies, and do away with unhealthy competition for credentialing in the US. It’s time for our kids to rediscover the joy of learning.

  116. Thinker says:
    @Achmed E. Newman

    Corruption is the #1 reason third world countries remain third world. It is why China will never reach first world status. In a society where everyone has to lie, cheat, steal to get ahead, the honest cannot thrive, they get trampled and spat on as the “stupid”, for being honest.

    America is committing suicide by admitting large numbers of people from the most corrupt cultures in the world from China to India, Latin America to Middle East and Africa. It is why we are increasingly looking like these countries. And it’s worse when those who now run this country are the most dishonest, clannish, greedy, bellicose and shamelessly unscrupulous (((group))) in history.

    • Replies: @jeff stryker
  117. Thinker says:
    @Ron Unz

    except that we have “macro-corruption” whereas they have “micro-corruption.”

    China has both. That’s why they have so many multi-millionaires and billionaires. Micro corruption does not produce such a large number of ultra rich. The policeman who takes a $20 bribe to wave off a traffic violation does not become a multi-millionaire or billionaire. To become a Dollar millionaire in China requires stealing and cheating on a large scale, usually involving massive bribes, either paid or received.

    And that’s why every single one of their rich is dying to get the hell out. They all know they made their money the crooked way, and it’s just a matter of time before they get thrown in jail. Every single China person who emigrated out of China is corrupt. The ones who aren’t are not rich enough to emigrate. And they love that in the west, people are so PC they are afraid to point out that truth.

    • Replies: @jeff stryker
  118. @Thinker

    THINKER

    But (THEY) have been in the US since the 1880’s. They arrived after the Irish, but before the Polish or Italians.

    I have this theory that one reason Asian-Americans, Hindus, Italian-Americans, Arab-Americans and Mestizos fare a little better is BECAUSE of the qualities you brought up.

  119. @Thinker

    THINKER

    What danger will these corrupt Chinese pose on US streets or in society? Jews and whites have the media, banks and judiciary system locked down. What can Chinese in America do, regardless of wealth? Raise property value? What?

  120. Jett Rucker says: • Website
    @captflee

    Web site won’t let me agree, but I Agree.

  121. Jett Rucker says: • Website
    @Wally

    Upvote (the way this Web site requires it be done).

  122. @Anon

    must be whites admitting they committed a grave wrong against Palestinians by aiding and abetting Zionist immigration-genocide

    yaas! – particularly the obscenely White, er… Lithuanians. Or maybe the Welsh. Anybody else? Icelanders? Czechs?
    Admit it. You DGAF about the Palis really. Nobody does (well, maybe Jeremy “I’m not autistic and neither is my weather-predicting brother” Corbyn).
    It’s the Whiteness that appalls you.

  123. NYMOM says:
    @Rich

    I agree this constant harping on blaming “Jews” for everything that happens from wars to disposable diapers ruining the environment is starting to sound a little silly…it actually takes away from some otherwise sensible political observations…

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