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I am crankier than usual, it is true, but the ideas lurking behind these rants are well considered and genuinely held. As matt has lamented many times, I am quite "left" on "inequality."

For what it's worth, the vast, vast majority of Ivy League students I know got in through pure merit. The statistics support this as well. Exceedingly few have the sort of money and legacy connections necessary to get in otherwise.

It's just that even amongst such a talent pool, few have the maturity, direction, or drive to succeed as investment banking analysts. They would have more of those things if they were older, but then they would have less stamina.
post #3497 of 6899
what I mean is, I can just let the hate bounce off me like an exercise ball on a trampoline. After all, for the past few years I've deal with plenty of regulators and "shareholder activism".


going forward, i think i just might tell people that i'm a late-blooming philosopher, then offer no insight. I feel like this would connect with the youthful liberal generation.
post #3498 of 6899
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For what it's worth, the vast, vast majority of Ivy League students I know got in through pure merit. The statistics support this as well. Exceedingly few have the sort of money and legacy connections necessary to get in otherwise.

this is true, at least in my experience from when I worked in admissions. One of the most interesting quotes I heard from our director was the real story of the class sometimes not who got in, but who didn't get in.
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Originally Posted by mafoofan View Post

For what it's worth, the vast, vast majority of Ivy League students I know got in through pure merit. The statistics support this as well. Exceedingly few have the sort of money and legacy connections necessary to get in otherwise.

It's just that even amongst such a talent pool, few have the maturity, direction, or drive to succeed in this job.
could all be true, doesn't really change my analyis, but this is not the CE, from which I am banned.
post #3500 of 6899
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Originally Posted by gomestar View Post

what I mean is, I can just let the hate bounce off me like an exercise ball on a trampoline. After all, for the past few years I've deal with plenty of regulators and "shareholder activism".

going forward, i think i just might tell people that i'm a late-blooming philosopher, then offer no insight. I feel like this would connect with the youthful liberal generation.

The youthful liberal generation is the best argument in favor of a China-like one-child policy.
post #3501 of 6899
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Originally Posted by mafoofan View Post

No, they are just average 25-35 year-olds. That is to say, blindly liberal.

Do they happen to be your friends from Brown? There could be some selection bias.
post #3502 of 6899
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Originally Posted by Manton View Post

could all be true, doesn't really change my analyis, but this is not the CE, from which I am banned.

What if your kids get into Ivy League schools? Would you toot a different horn?

By that time, I intend to have achieved full status as a capitalst fat cat and will be happy to put in a word at Brown. If you can settle for non-HYP, that is.
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I intend to indoctrinate my children as Straussians, so the Ivies are out. Mansfield will be dead by then and Steven Smith is too "East Coast" for me.
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Uhhh, you're not sending them to Hillsdale?
post #3505 of 6899
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I intend to indoctrinate my children as Straussians, so the Ivies are out. Mansfield will be dead by then and Steven Smith is too "East Coast" for me.

Will any American university teach Strauss in earnest?
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Originally Posted by poorsod View Post

Do they happen to be your friends from Brown? There could be some selection bias.

No, not only. Anyway, Brown alum are a leading part of the "problem": http://www.payscale.com/college-salary-report-2014/full-list-of-schools

The counter-argument, of course, is that Brown alum suffer from an epidemic of self-hate.
post #3507 of 6899
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Will any American university teach Strauss in earnest?
It may happen some day, but I don't care so much about that, as that they are taught "the Great Books" by teachers trained by Strauss or students of Strauss. They can find their way to Strauss' books on their own. They will each be given a complete set before they leave home.
post #3508 of 6899
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Originally Posted by Connemara View Post

Uhhh, you're not sending them to Hillsdale?
It's on the approved list, for sure.
post #3509 of 6899
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Originally Posted by mafoofan View Post



It's just that even amongst such a talent pool, few have the maturity, direction, or drive to succeed as investment banking analysts. They would have more of those things if they were older, but then they would have less stamina.

That's a fairly idiosyncratic use of "maturity".
post #3510 of 6899
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Originally Posted by Manton View Post

I intend to indoctrinate my children as Straussians, so the Ivies are out. Mansfield will be dead by then and Steven Smith is too "East Coast" for me.
I am going to home school my kids for college. Yours can join if they want.
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