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  •  Perfect example of the meritocracy fraud. (10+ / 0-)

    At least one feature of it, which Chris Hayes called The Iron Law of Meritocracy in his book, "Twilight of the Elites: America After Meritocracy."

    Related to: "You want to leave it open so the next Google and the next Facebook can succeed." - Pres. Obama

    The Iron Law of Meritocracy states that eventually the inequality produced by the meritocratic system will grow large enough to subvert the mechanisms of mobility. Unequal outcomes make equal opportunity impossible. The Principle of Difference will come to overwhelm The Principle of Mobility. Those who are able to climb up the ladder will find ways to pull it up after them, or to selectively lower it down to allow their friends, allies, and kin to scramble up. In other words: "Whoever says meritocracy says oligarchy."

    Emphases mine.

    The threat to net neutrality is a case of the "meritorious" / "successful" entities (led by those who "earned it") attempting to pull up the ladders they climbed so that they may then control the future mobility of market entities regardless of merit...thus exposing a glaring example of the fallacy that the system is one in which people earn / deserve what they get, while at the same time dropping the pants on the Neoliberal fraud that un- or lightly regulated markets use invisible hands which love open competition and produce free markets. That's one impressive pile of horseshit.

    Just one example of the fraud of meritocracy but huge and its application is omnipresent.

    FYI, as Hayes notes, "in order for it to live up to its ideals, a meritocracy must comply with two principles":

    The Principle of Difference "holds that there is vast differentiation among people in their ability, and that we should embrace this natural hierarchy and set ourselves the task of matching the hardest working and most talented people to the most difficult, important, and remunerative tasks."
    The Principle of Mobility asserts "there must be some competitive selection process that ensures that performance is rewarded and failure punished. That is, the delegation of duties cannot be simply made once and then fixed in place over a career or between generations. People must be able to rise and fall along with their accomplishments and failures."
    There are many, many fallacies to the notion that we live in a meritocracy, beginning perhaps with those mired in the literal and figurative double-helix of birth, best evidenced in the fact that the education and income levels of one's parents (strongly linked to zip code, fyi) bears the highest correlation of all known factors to one's future level of success.

    Those who fail to acknowledge and accept the meritocracy fraud tend to get hung up on two things:

    1) In most cases trying, especially trying harder, makes a difference. Well, no fucking shit, Sherlock. And so do a million other factors between the moments of birth and death, most of which are not fully or in many cases even partially in one's control, therefore certainly not attributable to one's own credit or fault... By the same token, another person's "failure" cannot be taken as prima facie evidence that that person is lazy, didn't try or didn't try hard enough.

    And THIS should be cause for heavy helpings of humility--not self-congratulatory gloating, arrogance and condescension--among the "successful"...

    But,

    2) That's not so gratifying to the ego, now, is it?

    I've never left a blank space on a ballot... but I will not vote for someone [who vows] to spy on me. I will not do it. - dclawyer06

    Trust, but verify. - Reagan
    Vote, but Occupy. - commonmass

    by Words In Action on Wed Aug 06, 2014 at 02:37:11 PM PDT

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