Daniel Markovits – The Meritocracy Trap

The Book Club | 6 November 2019 | 0h 31m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Daniel Markovits about his book The Meritocracy Trap. Argues that meritocracy isn’t the solution to our social and political discontents, but the central part of the problem. Suggests that the notion of hard work and proven ability leading to wealth and success has created a miserable underclass and a comparably miserable overclass — and is responsible for a damaging and eventually unsustainable reorganisation of Western economies.

When Meritocracy Wins, Everybody Loses

The Ezra Klein Show | 23 September 2019 | 1h 31m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Daniel Markovits about ideas from his book The Meritocracy Trap. Argues that meritocracy – a system set-up to expand opportunity, reduce inequality and end aristocracy – has become exactly what it was set up to combat: a mechanism for intergenerational wealth transfer that leaves everyone worse off in the process. Unconvincing on the economics, but valuable perspective on the unnoticed values, practices, arguments, and assumptions that govern our everyday lives.