This week, Derek, Alastair and Andrew consider Helen Andrews’s essay on our meritocracy. Andrews is one of the liveliest and most compelling young writers of our day, and her essay is a fascinating analysis of how our aristocracy has shifted. You can see the excerpt Andrew posted from it here. 

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  1. […] this week’s episode of Mere Fidelity, Derek, Andrew, and I discuss a recent article by Helen Andrews on the subject of […]


  2. This was a great episode. When you do your show on class, you should definitely invite Hannah Anderson on!


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  4. Meritocracy is a sick joke. It creates inequity by design, and the proponents of it — right and left, including Clintons and Obama — know that. They don’t care. They want an “equality in opportunity”. They’ve turned our society in to a gigantic lottery, but we’re all supposed to pretend it’s okay because somebody wins, when everyone else loses.

    Let’s just call it like it is: It’s Social Darwinism. And the “losers” deserve poverty and misery, so that the “winners” can reveal in unimaginable wealthy and happiness.

    Yeah, I am feeling pretty bitter lately.


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