Magazine July 29, 2019, Issue

Myths of Student-Loan Debt

Democratic 2020 presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren speaks in Chicago, Ill., June 29, 2019. (Kamil Krzaczynski/Reuters)
The system needs reform, but not all borrowers are victims

There’s a difficult tension at the heart of the debate over how to fund higher education. People who go to college tend to become far richer than those who don’t, and thus it is a handout to the wealthy, or at least the disproportionately wealthy-to-be, to dedicate public money to this end. But there are many students who are qualified for college yet come from families that cannot afford to pay for it. Given this country’s lamentable obsession with the B.A., these kids’ access to the American dream depends heavily on their access to a university.

Our current system, as awful

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After Harvey Mansfield’s disinvitation from Concordia University, a professor writes in to NR to clarify. Plus, Fred Schwartz on baseball.
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The Canadian newspaper the National Post reports, ‘Ancient life awakens amid thawing ice caps and permafrost.’ Good news for Joe Biden.

Girth Dearth

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