Funny the way some news items appear together. Yesterday, the Daily Mail ran a story about a viral video that mocks white men for succeeding at university on unearned privilege. On the same day a news story broke that the Australian National University has launched an enquiry into an essay farm selling completed assignments to Chinese students.
It's a reminder that white men, if anything, have had to succeed more on their own merit than is the case for most other groups in most other cultures. There has been less of a culture of cheating in Australia than elsewhere; nepotism is not as strong as elsewhere; and middle-class white males do not benefit at all from affirmative action policies. (White males here in Victoria are also very much underrepresented in select entry and high performing state schools.)
The one advantage a small number of white men do have (though other ethnicities have this as well) is a class one. There is still some advantage to belonging to the upper middle-class and having a private school education. It's possible that family connections might help a small number of such men into professional positions.
I don't think it's such a bad thing for a society to have an upper middle-class with a settled way of life (i.e. in which the children are raised to aspire to a high level of education, well-paid professional careers and so on). Why? Because such a situation does give the opportunity for a certain kind of culture to develop, one in which individuals are encouraged toward intellectual pursuits; the fine arts; moral leadership and so on.
The problem today is that status is being decreasingly linked to such things. Instead, people imagine themselves to be distinguished by more superficial attainments (e.g. holding politically correct views; trendiness).
The ideal, it seems to me, is one in which a stable upper middle-class culture does exist; which is oriented to being genuinely cultured and which can provide healthy leadership in society; but which is also open to those with talent and energy.