Of Merit, Fairness and Class


“Unlike a crude caste system, the current social organization is partially permeable.  A few exceptional people from the bottom manage to claw their way up to a relatively high position.  These infrequent successes of a few token people of merit reinforce the existing class system by giving an appearance of fairness.  The lesson for the less fortunate is that challenges to the system are unjustified: they too could stand among the victors, if only they had made the right decisions in their lives.”

—Michael Perelman, The Invisible Handcuffs of Capitalism: How Market Tyranny Stifles the Economy by Stunting Workers, 2011


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