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Meritocracy and Its Discontents

I have had a couple of signals that made me reflect on the influence of meritocracy, or what passes for it, upon current political events. 1,505 more words

Politics

Donald Trump's Words of Power

In an old essay about Heidegger’s conception of language, the philosopher Charles Taylor invokes the notion of ‘words of power’ to explain the power of Hitler’s rhetoric. 1,015 more words

Thinking

Meritocracy versus Democracy

Trump’s victory speaks for itself. But that is not what I wish to speak about. I wish to speak about a system of government that is so underrated and unknown but that deserves immediate attention if we don’t want more people like Trump winning elections in other democracies (because yes, America, other countries exist in the world, almost 200 other countries actually). 691 more words

Is democracy overrated?

Brennan calls people who don’t bother to learn about politics hobbits, and he thinks it for the best if they stay home on Election Day. A second group of people enjoy political news as a recreation, following it with the partisan devotion of sports fans, and Brennan calls them hooligans.

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Africa

Saving Capitalism: For the Many, Not the Few, by Robert Reich

Ron Berger —

In his most recent book Saving Capitalism: For the Many, Not the Few (2015), Robert Reich aims to explain how “the increasing concentration of political power in a corporate and financial elite…has been able to influence the rules by which the economy runs.” He lays the groundwork for this case by introducing readers to the field that was once called… 3,268 more words

Politics And Economics

The meritocracy paradox

In polls, an overwhelming majority of people say that they support equal opportunity. An overwhelming majority of people also say that they oppose estate taxes… 1,580 more words

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The Limits of Meritocracy

Give me a Brahmin over a Quant any day.

by Christopher Orlet, from The American Spectator

IN HIS classic study Democracy in America (1835), Alexis de Tocqueville described what he believed was a true meritocracy at work. 583 more words