The Myth of American Meritocracy

By Ron Unz

December 2012

The publisher of The American Conservative looks in-depth at admissions to the top-tier Ivy League colleges, and the way admissions policies intersect with issues of race and ethnicity. Topics discussed include:

  • Asian-Americans as the "New Jews" in college admissions
  • The Strange Collapse of Jewish Academic Achievement
  • Meritocracy vs. Jews
  • Elite Colleges Look Neither Like America Nor Like America's Highest-Ability Students
  • The Disturbing Reality of the Elite College Admission System
  • Problems with Pure Diversity and Pure Meritocracy

Topic: Race, Ethnicity, Prejudice, Discrimination, Higher Education, Diversity

Name of Publication: The American Conservative

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Coverage: United States

Language: English

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Unz, Ron. The Myth of American Meritocracy. The American Conservative. December 2012:


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