As usual, favoritism for rich kids

On the Brown campus in spring.

On the Brown campus in spring.

From Robert Whitcomb’s “Digital Diary,’’ in

Does Brown University tend to suck up to rich applicants and rich current students, and their parents, and sometimes give them preferential treatment? Yep. Does this help perpetuate the privilege and power of the richest people? Yep.

But most, maybe all American “elite institutions’’ do this sort of thing. That’s just one of many reasons that wealth-and-status-obsessed America has become among the most socio-economically stratified Western nations, with among the lowest rates of social mobility.

There are few signs that the preferences, varying by country, given to those born on third base will change, in America and elsewhere. Complaining about it is a little like complaining that rocks are hard.