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Eliminating the Anti-Semitism at Elite Universities
Destroy the job market for them
I have been delighted to see, at long last, wealthy alumni finally waking up to the fact that the schools of which they are alums are shot through with both explicit and latent anti-Semitism. It has been reassuring to see those in power take a stand against this institutional rot.
However, these institutions' pockets are so deep, that they are essentially small nations unto themselves. With endowments the size of Harvard's (~$50B), Stanford's (~$36B), and Penn's (~$21B), cutting off a few million dollars, even tens of millions of dollars, while symbolically powerful, is not enough to make a practical difference.
Sadly, there is also the chance that some of their more perverse alumni may start increasing donations because of this sick ideology.
So what is there to do to fight back against these institutions? How can we make them feel the pain of their decisions?
This is where we need to go back to first principles.
There are two primary values these elite colleges bring to their students. Their degree and their network.
So the question we need to ask ourselves is, how can we start to either neutralize these values or, even better, make them a net negative?
This is where the wealthy alumnae who have already taken a stand, like Bill Ackman and Ken Griffin, come in. The way they can truly effect change at these institutions is to state that they will no longer hire any alumni of these colleges. Essentially, hang a sign on their company's doors that read, for example, “Harvard graduates need not apply,” thereby hurting their future job prospects and reducing the effectiveness of these vaunted networks.
Of course, not every firm, or even most firms, will implement this hiring boycott, but they don’t need to in order to create the desired downstream effect. By making public pronouncements on this hiring dictum, it devalues the degree across the board so that all firms will know that the job prospects of the alumni of these schools are reduced, and they can, therefore, offer them jobs at reduced salaries because of the capitalistic market forces at work. Equal supply + reduced demand = lower price.
Additionally, the pain felt by the firms instituting these hiring boycotts will not be as severe as in the past because, as we know from the 2022 SCOTUS case Students for Fair Admissions v. President And Fellows of Harvard College, these universities are not admitting many of the top students anyway, so the theoretical brain drain which would have occurred in the past by not hiring from one or more of these schools will not be nearly as severe.
This will create an untenable situation for the universities as it negates the fundamental value they deliver to their students, alumni, and donors.
This is the path forward to institute real change at these universities and drive the anti-Semitic filth out of their institutions.