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  • “But top universities are also crucial for induction into the luxury belief class”
    Rob Henderson: Take vocabulary. Your typical middle-class American could not tell you what “heteronormative” or “cisgender” means. But if you visit Harvard, you’ll find plenty of rich 19-year-olds who will eagerly explain them to you. When someone uses the phrase “cultural appropriation,” what they are really saying is “I... Read more »
  • In 2029, the Internet Will Make Us Act Like Medieval Peasants
    Max Read: Paradoxically, the ephemerality — and sheer volume — of text on social media is re-creating the circumstances of a preliterate society: a world in which information is quickly forgotten and nothing can be easily looked up. (Like Irish monks copying out Aristotle, Google and Facebook will collect and... Read more »
  • K-12 tax & spending climate: Entitlement Liabilities Are a Graver Threat to the Next Generation of Americans Than Climate Change
    John Phelan: On January 31, 1940, Miss Ida Fuller received a check for $22.54. She was the first person to retire under the Old-Age, Survivors, and Disability Insurance (OASDI) scheme, better known as Social Security. At the time of her retirement in 1939, she had paid just $22 in Social... Read more »
  • Asians are doing too well – they must be stopped
    Lionel Shriver: Riddle: when is discrimination against a historically disadvantaged racial minority perfectly legal? Answer: when they do too well. The first ruling on the Students for Fair Admissions suit against Harvard University is in. A federal judge in Massachusetts concluded last month that for America’s be-all-and-end-all university to discriminate... Read more »
  • An Open Letter to the Asian American Community
    874 Harvard Students: November 11, 2019 To the Asian American “Community,” Today was the walkout and rally to defend all immigrants along with the DACA and TPS programs that have been under constant attack by the current administration.  The Asian American Womxn’s Association (AAWA) co-organized this event... Read more »
  • The Art of Losing Friends and Alienating People
    Laura Lippman: As a friend, I frequently break the first rule of fiction: I’m all tell, no show. I’m not going to remember your kid’s birthday, or even yours, despite Facebook’s helpful nudges. When you’re in a crisis, I won’t know the right questions to ask. I blame my Southern... Read more »
  • Beware Warren’s ‘Madisonian’ Plan for Public Education
    CJ Szafir and Cori Petersen Of the Wisconsin school districts with an achievement gap, Madison’s is one of the worst. According to 2018-19 Forward Exam scores, only 34.9% of Madison students are proficient in English, well below the statewide average of 40.9%. But in Madison only 10% of African-American students... Read more »