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Can Covid19 really destroy the self-indulgence of The Peace? If not: what will?

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Two of America’s core values
—democracy and meritocracy
—seem increasingly conflicted and the way we talk about them isn’t helping:

https://bigthink.com/errors-we-live-by/what-meritocracy-within-democracy-means
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JAG BHALLA
08 August, 2014


1. “-ocracy” means “rule of.” Democracy is rule of the demos, the people; Meritocracy (minted only in 1958) means “rule of” high-merit folks (a variation on aristocracy, aristo = best).

2. But “rule of” isn’t specific enough, per Lincoln “of the people” must also be “for the people.” And since democracy is only ever as good as the ideas used in it me-centric, or merit-centric, or top-centric ideas can mislead it.

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4. Are “ladders of opportunity” enough? They’re great, but many are born far from the first rung (lacking early “enrichment” experiences). And what merit is due those born higher onto inherited “escalators of opportunity” with networks of indirect nepotistic support (effectively merito-nepotism). Hardly a “level playing field.”

5.
Is the “anyone can make it” idea enough, if “anyone” means only the exceptionally talented or lucky few? What of the unexceptional masses (and their shrinking economic slice)? Or the millions who can’t “make it” to the next paycheck without food stamps.

6. Is “mobility” enough? Maybe not if it only changes who's on top and nothing else. Escaping the less mobile masses remains risky unless their lot improves also.

7. Do markets reward merit accurately and fairly? Maybe sometimes. But markets also frequently misprice, perhaps $10 per hour for elder/child care miscalculates its social value? Even the classic top-folk market-reward “Wilt Chamberlain argument,” isn’t used in practice, basketball sets maximum wages.

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The designers of Covid19's schedule for 'what comes next' are encouraging people to new-think.
And rightly so but it will never be the solution that the Rosicrucians & their 500M total populous want.




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