Merit and meritocracy are deeply embedded in western society - in capitalism. Should they be?
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“Rise of The Meritocracy” Young, Michael (1958) Penguin Books https://amzn.to/2QNGyq1
"Down with meritocracy" Young, Michael (28 June 2001) The Guardian https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2001/jun/29/comment
“Alternative influence” Lewis,Rebecca (18 Sept 2018) Data & Society https://datasociety.net/output/alternative-influence/
Data & Society: About, Funding & Partnerships https://datasociety.net/about/#funding
“Uncovering the American Dream: Inequality and Mobility in
Social Security Earnings Data since 1937” Kopczuk, Saez, Song (15 Sept 2007) Columbia University http://www.columbia.edu/~wk2110/bin/mobility-short.pdf
“The W@r on Marijuana in Black and White: Billions of Dollars Wasted on Racially Biased Arrests” (June 2013) ACLU https://goo.gl/R3ssUk
“Racial Profiling in Louisiana: Unconstitutional and Counterproductive” (18 Sept 2018) Southern Poverty Law Center https://www.splcenter.org/20180918/racial-profiling-louisiana-unconstitutional-and-counterproductive
“White families have near
ly 10 times the net worth of black families. And the gap is growing.” (28 Sept 2017) Washington Post, Federal Reserve https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonk/wp/2017/09/28/black-and-hispanic-families-are-making-more-money-but-they-still-lag-far-behind-whites/?utm_term=.c21467ebf077, https://www.federalreserve.gov/econres/notes/feds-notes/recent-trends-in-wealth-holding-by-race-and-ethnicity-evidence-from-the-survey-of-consumer-finances-20170927.htm
More than 500,000 people homeless in the United States (19 Nov 2015) https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-homelessness/more-than-500000-people-homeless-in-the-united-states-report-idUSKCN0T908720151120
Jordan Peterson is often contrasting equality of outcome and equality of opportunity, but it ultimately comes down to appeal to merit by authority. So what is meritocracy and how does it favor the power structure? Is this a social justice or human rights issue? Is merit whiteness? Is it white privilege? The point is that we need to be asking.
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