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“In Markovits’s maximally bleak view, meritocracy has ruined American life.” In a review of Daniel Markovits’ “The Meritocracy Trap,” Nicholas Lemann considers whether elite colleges’ role in perpetuating a meritocracy can be linked to economic inequality.

Rising inequality and a stagnating middle class are the preoccupying problems of American society today, and most of the possible solutions don’t involve meritocracy at all, Nicholas Lemann writes in a review of Daniel Markovits’s “The Meritocracy Trap.”

Nicholas Lemann discusses Daniel Markovits’s “The Meritocracy Trap” and questions the link the book draws between economic inequality in the United States and the meritocratic system perpetuated by elite colleges:

“In Markovits’s maximally bleak view, meritocracy has ruined American life.” In a review of Daniel Markovits’s “The Meritocracy Trap,” Nicholas Lemann considers whether elite colleges’ role in creating a meritocracy can be linked to economic inequality.

Rising inequality and a stagnating middle class are the preoccupying problems of American society today, and most of the possible solutions don’t involve meritocracy at all, Nicholas Lemann writes in a review of “The Meritocracy Trap” by Daniel Markovits.

“That certainly gets the reader’s attention, but it’s also highly tendentious.” Nicholas Lemann reviews THE MERITOCRACY TRAP by Daniel Markovits in @ForeignAffairs ⁩:

Nicholas Lemann discusses Daniel Markovits’s “The Meritocracy Trap” and the tenuous links between elite college admissions practices and general trends in income inequality:

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Meritocracy has made life an endless, terrible competition, writes Daniel Markovits. The system is no longer serving anyone well.

People typically think of meritocracy as a system that rewards the best and brightest. For Yale Law professor Daniel Markovits, it's merely “a pretense, constructed to rationalize an unjust distribution of advantage.”

There’s big-time buzz about “The Meritocracy Trap,” a book out next month by Yale Law professor Daniel Markovits. So pleased to have this adaptation in The Atlantic.

Meritocracy has made life an endless, terrible competition, writes Daniel Markovits. The system is no longer serving anyone well.

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