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Richard Thompson Ford is George E. Osborne Professor of Law at Stanford Law School. He has written for the Washington Post, San Francisco Chronicle, Christian Science Monitor, and for Slate, where he is a regular contributor. His latest books are Universal Rights Down to Earth and Rights Gone Wrong: How Law Corrupts the Struggle for Equality.
A judge has ruled in favor of Harvard in a high-profile case about affirmative action. But recent admissions scandals all point to a deeper problem—the presumption that elitism could ever be democratized.