Is The US Really A Meritocracy?

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One of the most common misconceptions about US society is that we live under a perfectly fair, egalitarian system which rewards those who have intelligence and a strong work ethic. This is the myth of American meritocracy. In this episode, we’ll explore why the US is not a true meritocracy, and why we shouldn’t want to live in one regardless.

Is The US Really A Meritocracy? – Second Thought
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Citations and further reading:

Monopoly study: https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2021/04/does-wealth-rob-brain-compassion/618496/

Monopoly as critique: https://www.bbc.com/worklife/article/20170728-monopoly-was-invented-to-demonstrate-the-evils-of-capitalism

Opportunity Atlas: https://www.opportunityatlas.org

SAT eugenicist: https://commons.princeton.edu/livinglaboratories/2016/10/24/the-origins-of-the-sat/

Meritocracy and Extreme Wealth Study: https://www-cdn.oxfam.org/s3fs-public/file_attachments/dp-extreme-wealth-is-not-merited-241115-en.pdf

Myth of Meritocracy: https://news.harvard.edu/gazette/story/2021/01/the-myth-of-meritocracy-according-to-michael-sandel/

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