The Real Injustice of Affirmative Action for the Rich

The 1960s were a time of considerable social ferment, rather like today. Out of that unrest, many identity groups formed for previously oppressed minorities. They have subsequently influenced politics considerably, including successfully introducing a range of affirmative action programs into the selection processes of business, government, universities. 

But there is one completely unsung minority that has succeeded beyond belief in transcending the oppression it had suffered since the 1930s. Although this minority is only 1% of the US population it has:

  • Moved to dominate elite university admission with its own and children’s admission rates
  • Dominated the policy positioning of the Republican Party and increasingly the Democratic Party too
  • Ensured all members of the Congress, the Supreme Court and all Presidents since 1960 have been members of it
  • Indeed it has ensured you cannot run for political office unless you are a member of this minority, and stand any chance of election.
  • Presidents Obama and both Bushs are both members of this minority
  • And the minority has dominated all political and economic policy making since 1981
  • And of course it caused the recent financial crisis by the ruthless and blinkered pursuit of its self interest
  • As well as of course handing the keys to the national safe to China
  • While appropriating 52% of the growth in wealth to itself in the last 2 decades
So who is this minority that has so overturned American meritocracy and shaped its economic and political landscape?
It’s the rich: the top 1% of Americans by wealth have run the most successful affirmative action program in history, through their think tanks, PACs, the need for huge funds to run for political office and keep that office, and other devices. They make other minorities look like bloody amateurs….though I would not mind so much if they were any good at ruling and actually looked after our interests….
Affirmative Action beneficiary and great thinker: George W Bush, who presumably only got into Yale because his Dad was an alum, made a big contribution to Yale, and he was one of the 1% so entitled to….rather than because he had a big brain or worked hard at his studies.

About creativeconflictwisdom

I spent 32 years in a Fortune Five company working on conflict: organizational, labor relations and senior management. I have consulted in a dozen different business sectors and the US Military. I work with a local environmental non profit. I have written a book on the neuroscience of conflict, and its implications for conflict handling called Creative Conflict Wisdom (forthcoming).
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