Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Underdogma: How our love of the underdog is ruining America

A new, praised book, Underdogma, asserts that America's now replacing meritocracy with egalitarian policies such as redistributive "justice" is a formula for accelerating the decline and fall of the American Empire.

While the benefits of egalitarianism may have exceeded those of meritocracy in the agrarian or even industrial era, in the complexity-demanding global information age, meritocracy will ever more trump egalitarianism--look, for example, at Singapore's trajectory versus the U.S.'s.


Anonymous said...

Replacing meritocracy?

When has the US been a meritocracy?

I can't think of a period that I've learned about where that's been true in any society.

Marty Nemko said...

There never has been a pure meritocracy but the U.S. is becoming ever less so, especially compared to a country like Singapore.


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