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Presidential Progress

So this showed up in one of my social media feeds, today.

While the historical momentousness for the United States of Hillary Rodham Clinton winning the presidential race is obvious (as much as would be the historical catastrophe of a Trump victory, but that’s not the topic of this post), the cynic in me, at least in reaction to this cartoon, called my mind back to a… 322 more words


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From The Guardian in AD 2001 by Michael Young

Down with meritocracy

“Underpinning my argument was a non-controversial historical analysis of what had been happening to society for more than a century before 1958, and most emphatically since the 1870s, when schooling was made compulsory and competitive entry to the civil service became the rule.  239 more words

Paradigm Change

Are you the best and the brightest?

‘Meritocracy’ Is Just Another Way to Put You Down

David Halberstam’s 1972 book, “The Best and the Brightest,” is an account of how brilliant U.S. officials with impressive credentials made such a mess of the war in Vietnam. 60 more words

Behavioral Economics

The harm of experienced inequality

The Netherlands Institute for Social Research (SCP) recently concluded, based on a survey, that the population perceives Dutch society as relatively egalitarian. A majority of the respondents positions themselves in the middle of the ‘social ladder’, and only a minority sees conflict between social categories, such as between the poor and the rich, and lower and higher educated people. 1,027 more words


MERITOCRACY - Free, Fair and Peaceful Election

Democracy is the depreciated and outdated system, vote does not matter but who counts the vote. In short, what will be selection of INVINCIBLE is called free, fair and peaceful election. 75 more words

Mere Fidelity: Understanding Meritocracy

On this week’s episode of Mere Fidelity, Alastair, Andrew, and I discuss a recent article by Helen Andrews on the subject of meritocracy and the way it has replaced (and in some ways replicated) the older Aristocratic order. 44 more words

Meritocratic Principles - Conclusion/Summary and Literature (by Lena Kraus)


Meritocracy has played and will continue to play an important role in literature. The three primary sources date from 1960 (TKM), 1988 (NC) and 2011 (WA), and can all be analyzed for meritocratic principles. 1,126 more words