"The progressive among us want our society to be equal, and yet many of the selfsame people uncritically accept the notion of meritocracy, the idea that we should receive rewards consistent with our abilities. Meritocracy is a machine for creating inequality; that is its very purpose. Only the false god of "equality of opportunity" keeps the fiction of meritocracy plus equality alive." - deBoer


Bringing together different articles, books, opinion pieces, and other audio clips of people more gifted at speaking and writing than myself together and bundling them into one dissertation is something that I feel this podcast does well. And hopefully I encourage people who are interested in the topic to read or hear it from the experts for more information.


These four charts show how the SAT favors rich, educated families The Washington Post, 2014


How Life Became an Endless, Terrible Competition - Daniel Markovits, The Atlantic, 2019


The tyranny of merit - Michael Sandel, TED, 2020


Making Sense Podcast - Michael Sandel and Sam Harris


Books referenced - The Cult of Smart by Fredrik deBoer, Mortal Questions by Thomas Nagel


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