The goal of creating a meritocracy seems admirable. But as Michael Sandel points out, it’s unobtainable, and working to get there creates a culture that is corrosive and divisive. We explore why merit is so hard to assign. Be careful with that Merit Badge.
The episode of Stay Tuned that prompted this can be found here: https://cafe.com/stay-tuned/the-merit-trap-with-michael-sandel/
Michael Sandel’s book: The Tyranny of Merit: What’s Become of the Common Good? https://us.macmillan.com/books/9780374289980
And his TED talk on the subject is here: “The Tyranny of Merit” https://www.ted.com/talks/michael_sandel_the_tyranny_of_merit