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Quote of the day, popularity contest edition

In comments over at Megan McArdle’s blog (I lost a bet with myself that the comments would go wharrgarbl in the first five entries), Epstein’s Mother writes:

In the history of socio-economic arms races, it’s been very rare that closing down one avenue for the arms race hasn’t just shifted it somewhere else.

The original subject is employment testing (vs. credentialism, I suppose), but it applies all the way across the board.  And you, clever readers, are probably way ahead of me and were yelling “Hanson’s Razor!  Status signalling!” before you even got to the end of the quotation.

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