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Chris Hayes Mar 12
This passage from my first book, Twilight of the Elites, seems pretty relevant as an explanation of this college admissions scam. Basically, meritocracy as a guiding social ethos is self-subverting.
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Chris Hayes
Another thing that jumped out at me. The parents involved are quite wealthy, but not the *super* rich. They can’t just write a $15 million check to pay a legal bribe to get their kids in. They are products of what I call “fractal inequality”
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Chris Hayes Mar 12
Replying to @chrislhayes
You can buy the book here, among other places!
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Dell Dorado Mar 12
Replying to @chrislhayes
they have enough to bypass rules. thats wealthy enough my friend
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Han Skeet First Mar 12
They kind of didn't, though. I mean they went the cheap illegal route as opposed to the ultra-rich "legal" route of donating directly to the school, and they got caught.
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Jet Dillo Mar 12
So, basically “Business Class” parents….
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Jet Dillo Mar 12
Which is to say, rich enough not to have to sit in the back of the bus, but not enough to be able to get the enclosed suite w/ the butler and private shower in the upper deck.
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Alexander Nevermind Mar 12
Replying to @chrislhayes
What's a legal bribe? Seed money for a new library or student center?
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Kelly Kinkade Mar 12
With a lot of schools, if you donate six figures or more and your kid will get admitted even if they can't tell their feet from their fingers. All perfectly legal.
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Sharon Williams Mar 12
Replying to @chrislhayes
Rich enough to pay hundreds of thousands in illegal bribes, but not quite rich enough to pay the millions required for legal bribes.
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AnnieW Mar 12
Replying to @RafGiro @chrislhayes
It also matters who gets it. A huge donation to Harvard, done right, tax deductible & totally cool. Applauded even. Slipping a coach a couple thousand, people are going to jail.
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