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Re: meritocracy is in fact the problem (Reply)

12.05.2012 11:55 am (UTC)

Re: meritocracy is in fact the problem

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Which is more desirable to you?

you're presenting a false dichotomy. we can nurture each person's unique abilities in a meritocracy precisely because they're unique. each person can have their own unique merits, a meritocracy does nothing to hinder that.

We identify and nurture everyone's unique abilities, not just those of an elite.

meritocracy is not elitism, though it may well be an excuse to practice elitism. there are other excuses elitists could use.

Only the very thickest-skinned people are willing to push through the scorn to learn new skills, so the new elite is less about merit than about thick skins.

unless of course having a thick skin is something that has merit, something that we should value like we value being able to run fast or solve difficult problems or create beautiful works of art. perhaps having a thick skin is actually a good quality and therefore something to be recognized in a meritocracy.
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