Human nature

December 18, 2018

College Admissions Scandal: Actresses, Business Leaders and Other Wealthy Parents Charged Fifty people in six states were accused by the Justice Department on Tuesday of taking part in a major college admission scandal. They include Hollywood actresses, business leaders and elite college coaches. — NYT

I've always liked classical liberalism. Whereas other schools of thought pretend humans are perfectly moral—capable of conflict-free, virtuous, fully equal lives—classical liberalism is a bit more honest. We humans can be virtuous, sure, but also lazy, unfair, petty, and all sorts of other bad things.

We'll even cheat to help our children.

So it goes without saying that any institution—governments, the Church, businesses, professional societies—will take on traits of its membership. High-minded, yes, but also susceptible to lapses of judgment, even outright bribery.

None of this should be surprising. I find it a little bit shocking that someone could hate "billionaires" or "the rich" (vile, evil) yet be surprised when a university admissions office exhibits a lapse in judgment. Sort of like one huge class of people is an entirely different species than another.

News flash: people are people, no matter where you go.

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