“A meritocracy requires more than simply making it possible for people at the bottom to climb the ladder of opportunity. It also involves chutes of accountability for those at the top. These are two sides of the same coin: the skilled must be able to rise, but grandees caught with their snouts in the trough must also come tumbling down. ‘We cannot have a just society that applies the principle of accountability to the powerless and the principle of the forgiveness to the powerful,’ writes Chris Hayes in his sweeping meditation on meritocracy, ‘Twilight of the Elites.‘ And yet: ‘This is the America in which we currently reside.’”
— “There is no meritocracy: It’s just the 1 percent, and the game is rigged,” Thomas Frank, Salon
Related: See the fascinating Wikipedia entry on Snakes and Ladders.
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