Of Meritocracy and the Justice of Class Structures

 

“More often than not, modern institutions identify merit by looking for characteristics associated with upper-class life.  Once people become conditioned to accept this pecking order, the system takes on the appearance of a meritocracy.  In effect, appealing to merit as a guiding principle can be a pretense for keeping existing class structures in place.”

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

 

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  1. magnocrat

    ‘All animals are equal but some are more equal than others.’

    May 21, 2017
    1. rallen2

      Does this pseudo-egalitarian motto describe communism or capitalism?

      May 22, 2017
  2. magnocrat

    It describes the real state of affairs in the animal and human kingdoms. It was penned by a man who knew communism was morally correct but realised it could not be achieved.

    May 22, 2017
    1. rallen2

      Magnocrat wrote: “It describes the real state of affairs in the animal and human kingdoms.” It is a non-sense statement, intended to portray the stupidity of capitalist propaganda about equality. It cannot be a descriptive statement about the real world. It simply points to the hypocrisy of egalitarian capitalism.” Magnocrat wrote: “It was penned by a man who knew communism was morally correct but realised it could not be achieved.” George Orwell was a severe critic of bolshevism and authoritarian communism, but he was a democratic socialist who believed that democratic socialism is morally superior to bourgeois capitalism, and that democratic socialism could be realized and achieved through democratic and ethical political practice.

      May 23, 2017