Clifton Mark


Clifton Mark writes about political theory, psychology, and other lifestyle-related topics. He lives in Toronto, Ontario.

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A belief in meritocracy is not only false: it’s bad for you

Clifton Mark

Hello all,

Thanks for reading and commenting. Here’s a couple of more thoughts on to add to the discussion:

-Yes, Trump most frequently talks about the “level playing field” with regard to international trade (and in relation to making fun of Christine Blasey-Ford, oddly enough). Now, I agree there is a disanalogy with some of the survey data because he’s saying that in that context meritocracy does not exist, but he is making a moral appeal to the concept. Do you think that the change in context changes the logic of the meritocracy argument?

-I, like Michael Young who popularized the term, think that some form of selection for merit is a reasonable staffing policy in...

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