The Myth of America Meritocracy

    https://youtu.be/meiU6TxysCg What happens when you pay two monkeys unequally? by Ron Unz American Conservative (PDF) edited by O Society Mar 21, 2019 Just before the Labor Day weekend, a front page New York Timesstory broke the news of the largest cheating scandal in Harvard University history, in which nearly half the students taking a … Continue reading The Myth of America Meritocracy

A belief in meritocracy is not only false: it’s bad for you

by Clifton Mark Aeon edited by O Society Mar 13, 2019 ‘We are true to our creed when a little girl born into the bleakest poverty knows that she has the same chance to succeed as anybody else …’   ~ Barack Obama, inaugural address, 2013  ‘We must create a level playing field for American companies and workers.’ … Continue reading A belief in meritocracy is not only false: it’s bad for you

The self is capital: Seeing life within, and beyond, the neoliberal frame.

Chuck Mertz interviews Julie Wilson This is Hell! Listen to audio of the whole interview: Transcript of the interview follows: The theory of individualism within neoliberalism is not about abstract rights or even having property. It’s that you are human capital that has to compete and must constantly be self-appreciating. The self is capital that … Continue reading The self is capital: Seeing life within, and beyond, the neoliberal frame.

The 9.9 Percent Is the New American Aristocracy

The class divide is fast becoming unbridgeable. You’re probably part of the problem. by Matthew Stewart Atlantic 1. The Aristocracy Is Dead … For about a week every year in my childhood, I was a member of one of America’s fading aristocracies. Sometimes around Christmas, more often on the Fourth of July, my family would … Continue reading The 9.9 Percent Is the New American Aristocracy