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Michael Young’s The Rise of the Meritocracy: A Philosophical Critique

Dr Ansgar Allen, University of Sheffield [1]

Reconceptualizing Meritocracy: The Decline of Disparate Impact Discrimination Law

Nicole J. DeSario [2]

Challenges to Meritocracy?

A study of the social mechanisms in student selection and attainment at the University of Oxford: Anna Zimdars New College, University of Oxford [3]

Top Civil Service: Meritocracy or Nepotism?

Manuel F. Baguesy Universidad Carlos III Berta Esteve-Volartz York University [4]

On the Merits of Meritocracy

John Morgan UC Berkeley, Dana Sisak Erasmus University Rotterdam, Felix Várdyy UC Berkeley and IMF [5]

Social Capital, Intellectual Capital and the Organizational Advantage

Janine Nahapiet Templeton College, University of Oxford Sumantra Ghoshal London Business School [6]

CEO Compensation, Director Compensation, and Firm Performance: Evidence of Cronyism?

Ivan E. Brick, Oded Palmon, and John K. Wald [7]

Crony Capitalism and Democracy: Paradoxes of Electoral Competition in Russia's Regions

Gulnaz Sharafutdinova The Helen Kellogg institute for international studies [8]

Equality of Opportunity

March 1, 2005 John E. Roemer [9]


Global Power Elite Exposed

Autonomy: The Aim of Education Envisioned by Piaget

Constance Kamii Autonomy: The Aim of Education Envisioned by Piaget [10]

America's New Math: 1 Wall Street Hour = 21 Years of Hard Work for the Rest of Us

Les Leopold America's New Math: 1 Wall Street Hour = 21 Years of Hard Work for the Rest of Us [11]

North Dakota's Economic "Miracle"—It's Not Oil

Ellen Brown North Dakota's Economic "Miracle"—It's Not Oil [12]

The Conflict of Moral Character and Meritocracy

Mike Marinaccio The Conflict of Moral Character and Meritocracy [13]

The 100% Estate Tax

The Health Care Blog [14]

Why Do We Allow Inheritance at All?

Megan McArdle The Atlantic [15]

Adam Smith, Thomas Jefferson, and Other Fellow Travelers

Stephen Budiansky, Stephen Budiansky's Liberal Curmudgeon Blog, Thursday, October 14, 2010 [16]

Shows that the Founders opposed inherited wealth.

It's Time to Clamp Down on 'Funemployment'

Owen Jones, Sunday 15 May 2011 16.00 BST [17]

6 Things Rich People Need to Stop Saying

Cracked [18]

Meritocracy in America

The Economist [19]

The Death of Meritocracy

The Economist [20]

What Is Wrong With Billionaires

Linda McQuaig 2012 [21]

Extremely well-made argument that pokes holes in the myths about the super-rich.

The Super Rich Are Out of Sight

Michael Parenti 2000 [22]

Jonathan Lebed: Stock Manipulator, S.E.C. Nemesis -- and 15

Michael Lewis 2001 [23]

15-year-old accidentally outwits the SEC.

Hilarious article about a 15 year old who made $500,000 pumping and dumping. SEC was furious and spewed a lot of bullshit in the media but quietly let him keep it so he wouldn't take them to court. Demonstrates the utter fraud that our economy is based on in such an absurd way that the only response is to laugh.

The Super-Connected CEO: The Incredible Tale of Billions of Dollars of Failure

Mark Ames 2012 [24]

Tremendous, in-depth description of the evil 1%.

Demonstrates how billionaires are in no way meritorious. Rather, they are in a position of entrenched privilege and unassailable power.

Wealth Defense Industry: The Real Reason America's Oligarchs Can Squeeze the Rest of Us

Jeffrey A. Winters, In These Times, April 9, 2012 [25]

How the richest of the rich stay on top using democracy.

"Though it may strike at the heart of elitism, greater democratic participation is not an antidote to oligarchic power. It is merely a potential threat. Only when participation challenges material inequality – when extreme wealth is redistributed – do oligarchy and democracy finally clash. The answer to the question of inequality, then, is troubling. Wars and revolutions have destroyed oligarchies by forcibly dispersing their wealth, but a democracy never has."

Corruption Is Responsible for 80% of Your Cell Phone Bill

Matt Stoller, Republic Report, Posted on April 11, 2012 [26]

Bribed politicians rig markets to benefit massive corporations. An indepth example, showcasing the AT&T/Verizon cartel.

Freedom from a Dead-End Life: True Liberty Means Defeating the Right-Wing's Nightmare Vision for America

Joshua Holland, April 16, 2012 [27] Arguments and data in support of positive liberty.

Noam Chomsky on America's Economic Suicide

Noam Chomsky [28]

Interviewer: What is the Number One target of power today in your view? Is it corporations, Congress, media, courts?

Chomsky: The Media are corporations so… It’s the concentrations of private power which have an enormous, not total control, but enormous influence over Congress and the White House and that’s increasing sharply with sharp concentration of  private power and escalating cost of elections and so on...

The road to meritocracy is blocked by private schools

David Kynaston The Guardian, Friday 22 February 2008 [29]

A web of privilege supports this so-called meritocracy

Gary Younge The, Sunday 6 May 2012 21.59[30]

The mirage of meritocracy has sold our children short

Jenni Russell The Guardian, Thursday 5 June 2008[31]

In this great meritocracy, only one thing matters: who is your daddy?

Gary Younge The Guardian, Monday 4 February 2008[32]

Bold No 10 idea for tax and schools

Think tank says middle class powers a barrier to meritocracy.

Patrick Wintour The Guardian, Friday 27 April 2001 17.59 BST[33]

People Aren't Smart Enough for Democracy to Flourish

Yahoo article on the Dunning-Kruger effect [34]

How Rich People Raise Rich Kids

Atlantic article on a Scandinavian study demonstrating the higher importance of nurture vs. nature, i.e. that environment predicts financial outcomes better than genes. [35]


Ha-Joon Chang - 23 Things They Don't Tell You About Capitalism

The RSA Org [36]

The Meritocratic Manifesto

Jyotirveda2 [37]

The Meritocratic Republic

Jyotirveda2 [38]

The Meritocracy Party

rondetafelbeleid [39]

Matt Miller on the Virtues of Meritocracy

YouTube [40]

Meritocracy--Cloud Review System

YouTube [41]

How To Start a Movement

Derek Sivers, TED, 6 minutes long [42]

With help from some surprising footage, Derek Sivers explains how movements really get started.


The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness

Michelle Alexander, 2010. [43]

Details how the justice system has been used to create a caste system in America with blacks at the bottom. People born into this caste have zero opportunity for advancement.

 The Self-Made Myth: And the Truth about How Government Helps Individuals and Businesses Succeed

Brian Miller, Mike Lapham, 2012. [44] Review: Sara Robinson. [45]

Exposes the false claim that business success is the result of heroic individual effort with little or no outside help.

The Iron Fist Behind the Invisible Hand: Corporate Capitalism As a State-Guaranteed System of Privilege

Kevin A Carson [46]

Demonstrates how Conservatism, Libertarianism, and Liberal Pacifism are used by the privileged to deny opportunity to the lower classes and maintain class hegemony.

How Nonviolence Protects the State

Peter Gelderloos [47]

Would be better titled How Nonviolence Protects the Status Quo

The corporate media portrays non-violence as the ultimate virtue. This book is the anti-thesis to that position and is valuable for that reason alone.