Via WRM we learn of cheating at an elite New York high school and now cheating at Harvard. I don’t think this is new and I don’t think this is unusual. For a long time the US had an honor-based culture; it was limited to a few low-lifes although Thomas Sowell said it was quite common at Howard University when he taught there. Over the last generation or so, we have been transitioning to a hereditary ruling class; parents expect to pass along their social status, in which academic credentials play a key part. The increase in Asian students also increases the pressure; not because they are the geniuses that many HBD people breathlessly describe them to be, but because they do not have an honour culture and never did. There is no good loser and honorable second place in Asian society, winners take all and put the boot to the losers. Asians were doing group work in college when I was going, 30 years ago; it can hardly be better now, and is probably a lot worse.
One of the weaknesses and stupidities of white people is to assume good faith on the part of others; or when bad faith is suspected, not to rock the boat. Democrats have been stealing elections for as long as they have been participating in them. It’s nice that Republicans are making voter fraud an issue, but it’s a little late. The financial markets are another place you have to assume corrupt self-dealing is the norm.