Ninety percent of Americans have reason to dislike the current college admissions system. If you’re black or Hispanic, you’ve got the usual litany of issues with structural inequities, institutionalized bias, etc. If you’re white, you’re faced with a system which requires affirmative action for any ethnicity which underperforms against whites, but aspires to meritocracy for any ethnicity which outperforms whites. Even amongst those ethnicities which are over-represented in elite colleges, competition for spaces privileges the wealthy, well-connected strivers who know how to work the system. Americans of all ethnicities are forced to compete against the children of foreign elites who pay in full.
This sphere of the Internet often looks to the idealized past as a source of inspiration and an opportunity for nostalgia. However, any relevant political or cultural movement must present a vision forward in order to become widely embraced. That is why I am writing here today, to provide you with visions of our glorious future.
If you are a consumer of media and don’t think about epistemology, you might as well not be thinking at all. Epistemology is the philosophy of how we determine what is true and what isn’t. Or perhaps it is about how we can gain sufficient confidence to believe that something is true. The study of knowledge is, after all, a complicated subject.
While we might not be at the end of the coronavirus arc in this season of the The Trump Presidency, we are in a world whose history is already fundamentally altered by the pandemic. How we approach immigration in the short, medium and long term must change to reflect the new realities our communities, nation, and world finds itself.
These days, it seems like every public policy decision is driven by models. This goes without saying in the midst of the Chinese virus (aka Kung Flu) pandemic, but it is a common feature throughout the world of public policy. They’re omnipresent and, I believe, ought to be taken with a huge grain of salt.