Friday, December 21, 2018

The farce called meritocracy, with supporting quotes

The rich claim institutions are meritocracies if merit is rewarded once you're in and overlook the fact that it's easier to get in if you're rich. If you want a meritocracy, you have to end poverty. In our current race to the top, many of the runners aren’t starting on the track—they’re starting in the swamp.

One of our planet's most privileged people shows how easy it is for meritocrats to lie to themselves:

“I loved working on Wall Street. I loved the meritocracy of it and the camaraderie of the trading floor.” —Chelsea Clinton

a few quotes

“America thinks of itself as a meritocracy, so people have more respect for success and more contempt for failure.” —Toby Young

“Modern meritocratic society, especially in the United States, ... seeks to justify domination on the ground of justice, virtue, and merit, to say nothing of the insufficient productivity of those at the bottom.” ― Thomas Piketty

“The meritocratic class has mastered the trick of consolidating wealth and passing privilege along at the expense of other people’s children." —Matthew Stewart

'And look, we have young people in this country who are thirty years old living with their parents. We have young people in this country who don't have jobs, who graduate from college and are fed the lie of meritocracy. "You get a degree, you get a job."' —Henry Giroux

“This argument has been codified in the twentieth century as meritocracy, in which those on top in the process of capitalist accumulation have merited their position.“ —-Immanuel Wallerstein

“the percentage of the world's population for whom such ascent was possible has gone up. But even though it has grown up, meritocratic ascent remains very much the attribute of a minority.” —Immanuel Wallerstein

“Meritocracy reinforced hierarchy. ...meritocracy as an operation and scientific culture as an ideology created veils that hindered perception of the underlying operations of historical capitalism.” —Immanuel Wallerstein

“Those who are able to climb up the ladder will find ways to pull it up after them, or selectively lower it down to allow their friends, allies, and kin to scramble up. In other words: 'Who says meritocracy says oligarchy.'” —Chris Hayes