Thursday, June 14, 2012

Meritocracy - missing the point again?

Why Elites Fail
Author reviews his own book "Twilight of the Elites: America After Meritocracy"?

But, [from the review] misses the whole point about meritocracy by the person who first conceptualized the word and it's meaning:

Down with meritocracy
The man who coined the word four decades ago wishes Tony Blair would stop using it

"I have been sadly disappointed by my 1958 book, The Rise of the Meritocracy. I coined a word which has gone into general circulation, especially in the United States, and most recently found a prominent place in the speeches of Mr Blair.

The book was a satire meant to be a warning (which needless to say has not been heeded) against what might happen to Britain between 1958 and the imagined final revolt against the meritocracy in 2033...."

For those who might want to know more about the author and origin of the 'dirty' word:
Michael Young, Baron Young of Dartington (9 August 1915 – 14 January 2002)

and of course, the word itself:


Black becoming white....  - History continues to be re-intepreted in the light of the present.
2 What is History - E.H. Carr

Truly - intepretation is relative?



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