Tuesday, January 22, 2019

[NJFAC] Meritocracy, What Meritocracy

Ian Welsh Meritocracy, What Meritocracy

Posted: 11 Dec 2018 
So, unless you think that genetic potential is that unequally distributed (and can explain eras where this chart did not apply, as in the post-WWII decades), you can pretty much forget "meritocracy."
Meritocracy is just a way of saying "we test for the things the middle and upper class has the resources to prepare for their children." And that's before we get to the extra opportunities having wealthier parents gives one simply from network effects.
Fairness and justice are obviously big issues, but just as bad is that many of these people might contribute in a huge way, and are never given the opportunity.
Stephen Jay Gould once said:
"I am, somehow, less interested in the weight and convolutions of Einstein's brain than in the near certainty that people of equal talent have lived and died in cotton fields and sweatshops."
These days, McDonalds, Walmarts and Amazon warehouses..

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