Meritocracy Quotes

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Winston S. Churchill
“The best argument against democracy is a five-minute conversation with the average voter.”
Winston S. Churchill

H.L. Mencken
“As democracy is perfected, the office of president represents, more and more closely, the inner soul of the people. On some great and glorious day the plain folks of the land will reach their heart's desire at last and the White House will be adorned by a downright moron.”
H.L. Mencken, On Politics: A Carnival of Buncombe

Chinua Achebe
“Age was respected among his people, but achievement was revered. As the elders said, if a child washed his hands he could eat with kings.”
Chinua Achebe, Things Fall Apart

“We live in a system that espouses merit, equality, and a level playing field, but exalts those with wealth, power, and celebrity, however gained.”
Derrick Bell, Ethical Ambition: Living a Life of Meaning and Worth

Harper Lee
“Thomas Jefferson once said that all men are created equal (...). There is a tendency (...) for certain people to use this phrase out of context, to satisfy all conditions. The most ridiculous example I can think of is that the people who run public education promote the stupid and idle along with the industrious-because all men are created equal, educators will gravely tell you, the children left behind suffer terrible feelings of inferiority. We know all men are not created equal in the sense some people would have us believe-some people are smarter than others, some people have more opportunity because they're born with it, some men make more money than others, some ladies make better cakes than others-some people are born gifted beyond the normal scope of most men.”
Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird

Ayn Rand
“Fransisco, you're some kind of very high nobility, aren't you?" He answered, "Not yet. The reason my family has lasted for such a long time is that none of us has ever been permitted to think he is born a d'Anconia. We are expected to become one.”
Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged

“Self-actualization is what educated existence is all about. For members of the educated class, life is one long graduate school. When they die, God meets them at the gates of heaven, totes up how many fields of self-expression they have mastered, and then hands them a divine diploma and lets them in.”
David Brooks, Bobos in Paradise

“Isn’t it time we left behind the Ship of Fools, and embarked instead on the Ship of Geniuses? What is the Star Trek vision of the future if not a depiction of a world ruled by meritocrats? You wouldn’t let the religious, the violent, or the rich onboard a starship. With them in your crew, you’d never reach your destination. You’d go round and round in circles, or crash. If humanity wants to arrive at the gates of heaven, only the smartest humans can build the sleek vessels to take us there. Prayer, meditation and the super rich didn’t land men on the moon... incredibly smart humans did, using reason, logic, technology, engineering, science and mathematics. These are all the subjects most shunned by average people. And that’s exactly the human tragedy.”
Michael Faust, The Case for Meritocracy

“Neoliberalism insists that if we work hard enough, we can earn as much money as anyone else. Of course, the concept of meritocracy is integral to neoliberalism and erases the reality of capital itself, that capitalism is not just material capital but also, importantly, social and cultural capital. Without these forms of capital, (p. 77) one cannot, in fact, “succeed” in a capitalist culture. One obvious example is the art world, where one can only have their work shown in a gallery if they have connections to that gallery (galleries do not, for the most part, accept unsolicited submissions). All the cash in the world can’t create the generations of social connections of a middle-class family, whose circle might include art collectors, gallerists, critics, and artists. It is also the values and unspoken rules of the ruling class that distinguish who is allowed in and who is not.”
Cynthia Cruz, The Melancholia of Class: A Manifesto for the Working Class

“Meritocracy is based on the absolute destruction of the rigged race of life, via the introduction of 100% inheritance tax, i.e. an overwhelming advantage can no longer be passed on by rich parents to their children. All children, no matter the wealth of their parents, must begin at the same starting line as everyone else. No parent can rig the race. The 1% can no longer dictate the outcome of the race”
Michael Faust, The Case for Meritocracy

“If you have no vision of humans evolving into gods – of understanding and mastering the deepest secrets of existence – you cannot be a meritocrat. We are all about metamorphosis and transformation, not about stasis, not about a pathetic notion of humans being nothing more than selfish little units free from government interference. What is glorious and visionary about humans being left alone to pursue their selfish little schemes in their selfish little ways... about “Game Theory” humanity?”
Michael Faust, The Case for Meritocracy

“Meritocracy is about building heaven on earth, about transforming humans into Gods. If that’s not your vision, meritocracy is certainly not for you.”
Michael Faust, The Case for Meritocracy

“Meritocracy is a sacred cause, not profane. It is numinous. Meritocracy is about the glory and highest aspirations of the human race, not about letting people run around doing their own thing regardless of everyone else, and fretting over which hamburger to choose. If that’s all you want from life, you might as well go and live in the jungle.”
Michael Faust, The Case for Meritocracy

“Meritocracy is all about positive liberty, about the endeavour to perfect humanity and create an earthly paradise. It’s not afraid of legitimate authority – authority exercised in the interests of all. It’s wholly opposed to privilege, excessive wealth, dynastic rule, inheritance and anyone seeking power in order to serve his own self-interest and particular will rather the interests of all and the General Will.”
Michael Faust, Crapitalism

“Meritocracy – going back to Plato’s Guardians – is about centralised authority. Meritocracy asserts that humanity can advance rapidly only under the guidance of geniuses, the smartest people in the world.”
Michael Faust, Crapitalism

“Meritocracy is about recreating science’s success in the political, social, economic and religious spheres. It’s about rational thinking, evidence-based policies and continual experimentation. It’s about deliberately creating institutions of thesis, antithesis and synthesis to provide an engine of progress that drives the world relentlessly forward to an omega point of perfection”
Michael Faust, Mad as Hell: Why Everything is Getting Crazier

“Vampires support meritocratic values. Screw democracy! It has been sucked dry of any worth it once had.”
Spiro Hamilton, Damn, You Just Got Bit: A Handbook for New Vampires

“Meritocracy - the idea of making people jump through hoops to gain approval, instead of merely doing it by mob rule. While this is a good start, any institution will inevitably be corrupted and shift the goal posts to reward those who are rote memorization fans or otherwise obedient and successful within a narrow scope (“useful idiots”), but not necessarily effective at life.”
Brett Stevens

“No one can talk about meritocracy in the UK until the monarchy has gone. This is the 21st century, for God’s sake. There is no justification for a monarchy. It symbolizes every conceivable force of anti-meritocracy and unequal opportunities: one rule for them and a different rule for everybody else. The only legitimate “monarch” would be one of Plato’s philosopher kings: the non-hereditary smartest person in the country. Imagine how different the UK would be if its head of state were its most intelligent person, from any background, rather than some old German pensioner with no discernible talents whatsoever. Mark Antony said to Octavian, “You, boy, owe everything to your name.” Likewise, the Queen of England owes everything to her name. She has nothing else to commend her.”
Mark Romel, Theresa May: The Bankruptcy of British Politics

“Ik zou haar leren dat dit een land is waar alle wegen wagenwijd openstaan, dat het een kwestie van toewijding is om succes te behalen, dat ze geen slachtoffer is, dat het hier een meritocratie is, in tegenstelling tot Turkije en vele andere oorden.”
Lale Gül, Ik ga leven

“There is evidence of the triumph of meritocracy, that each of us should be allowed to rise as far as our talent and hard work can take us.”
Margot Lee Shetterly, Hidden Figures

“These people come from poor and middle-class homes. They come from different language schools. Singapore is a meritocracy. And these men have risen to the top by their own merit, hard work and high performance.”
Fook Kwang Han, Lee Kuan Yew: Hard Truths To Keep Singapore Going

Clementine Ford
“Ah yes, the meritocracy. Isn't it amazing how so many of the 'best people for the job' always happen to be white, cis-het, middle-class men? It couldn't be that structural inequality and hierarchal privilege allows for such people to succeed by making their path to power smoother and more accessible than anyone's else's.”
Clementine Ford, Boys Will Be Boys: Power, Patriarchy and the Toxic Bonds of Mateship

Dash Shaw
“Money comes from working hard" I've come to believe is just a line rich people tell themselves to feel better. Lots of people work hard and get nothing. It's just a myth: "Come to America, work hard, get rich", like dying and going to heaven.”
Dash Shaw, Doctors

“Meritocracy is about the perfect team: the perfect players and coaches working together perfectly so that the whole is greater than the sum of the parts. When this team model is applied to society, you get the perfect State, in which everyone is optimized and all are going in the same direction, spiraling upwards to a glorious culmination.”
Jack Tanner, The Best You: The Politics of Self-Optimization

“The Best State is the one that makes the Best You, the Best Everyone. It’s all about living your best life. It’s the job of the State to provide you with the infrastructure, rational laws and equal opportunities to make that happen. You have to be able to see it to be it. Once everyone can see the perfect State in operation, producing perfect citizens, no one will ever again oppose the State. Once you see how to be a perfect citizen, you will be it. Remember: See it to be it.”
Jack Tanner, The Best You: The Politics of Self-Optimization

“The American dream of economic meritocracy where virtue is equated with wealth.”
Madison Hamill, Specimen

David Shenk
“In a sense, all schooling in the United States was an elaborate training session for the free market, democratic, meritocratic, modern, bloodless warfare that would dominate their adult lives.”
David Shenk, The Immortal Game: A History of Chess, or How 32 Carved Pieces on a Board Illuminated Our Understanding of War, Art, Science and the Human Brain

“When it is a question of settling private disputes, everyone is equal before the law; it it is a question of putting one person before another in positions of public responsibility, what counts is not membership of a particular class, but the actual ability which the man possesses.”

“When it is a question of settling private disputes, everyone is equal before the law; when it it is a question of putting one person before another in positions of public responsibility, what counts is not membership of a particular class, but the actual ability which the man possesses.”

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