Wednesday, June 20, 2012

gordon 06.20.12 at 12:25 am

“Meritocracy” is a very useful idea for those at the top. It implies that you are at the top because you are better than all the rest (cue Tina Turner). Revolution is therefore not only nasty and violent but also misguided, because the result could only be substituting people with less talent for those currently in charge. When the disasters into which our current meritocrats have led us are pointed out, they cheerfully reply that things would – indeed, must – have been worse if other people had been in their place because, you know, they’re meritocrats so there is nobody better… There is a wonderful circularity about it.

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