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Michael Sandel on why winners shouldn’t take it all

Good government requires an ability to deliberate about the common good and to pursue it effectively

By Adrian Pabst   October 2020
Even a meritocratic society isn't a fair one

Even a meritocratic society isn't a fair one

 

In our age of polarisation, merit is one of the few principles on which all politicians agree. Surely society ought to reward success earned through talent and hard work? Yet, as Michael Sandel’s brilliant book shows, our meritocratic system contains the seeds of tyranny—the unjust rule of “winners” over “losers” that diminishes the mutual obligations on which democracy depends.

Meritocracy not only entrenches division by elevating the success of the…

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