What’s Merit Got to do with It? Meritocracy as an Offense Against Human Worth
I often wonder if my achievements are rewards for my talents, abilities, and effort - based on merit rather than luck or other circumstances. The American Ideal inhabits a land where meritocracy rules and everyone has the opportunity for success. Is this true? If it is true, is meritocracy a just system for distributing society’s rewards? I will examine meritocracy as an ideal that is broken in today’s America. I will also address the ethical implications of the concept of restoring meritocracy as a worthy goal.
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