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A belief in meritocracy is not only false: it’s bad for you

Submitted by on March 15, 2019 – 3:37 pm No Comment

Meritocracy has become a leading social ideal. Politicians across the ideological spectrum continually return to the theme that the rewards of life – money, power, jobs, university admission – should be distributed according to skill and effort. The most common metaphor is the ‘even playing field’ upon which players can rise to the position that fits their merit. Conceptually and morally, meritocracy is presented as the opposite of systems such as hereditary aristocracy, in which one’s social position is determined by the lottery of birth. Under meritocracy, wealth and advantage are merit’s rightful compensation, not the fortuitous windfall of external events.

Source: Aeon

My Comment:
This is an important piece of writing.  I am especially drawn to the relationship between the idea of a meritocracy and discrimination.

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