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  1. Apr 2016
    1. Most of all, the two lessons here are that Under scarcity, the best picture of need is going to be calculated backward from what is needed, not what is bought. Protests that students “in the know” can make do can also doom students with less cultural capital to failure.

      If people "aren't spending much" (on textbooks, or food, or healthcare, etc.) it might be because they can't afford what they genuinely need.

      First-generation students are likely to need advice about which books to get, and how to get them.