The issue of exclusive social organizations is a complex one, deeply entrenched in tradition as well as sociology and human psychology.
In a society dominated by institutional benefits for the wealthy, preference for legacy applicants is a tiny detail in the larger picture of Harvard’s massively flawed “meritocracy.”
By continuing legacy admissions, Harvard sends a message by example to its students that nepotism is a regular part of American life.
The perceived link between college and upward social mobility is as yesterday as the American Dream itself.
After a year and a half of failed negotiations with Harvard, one student group plays hardball.
Universities are turning to gap years to eradicate challenges that commonly plague college freshman.
It is indeed, “time to try democracy,” just not the way that William Deresiewicz advocates in his most recent article.