Monday, June 13, 2016

Quote of the Day

Creating a separate set of moral standards according to socioeconomic status is not an act of mercy. It is a crime against the poor. It is an abdication of our social duty to hold one another accountable. It is shameful that our self-styled elites are so afraid to preach the very secrets to success they so readily practice in their own lives. 

- Arthur Brooks

4 Comments:

At 3:34 AM, Blogger John said...

Such a simple and obvious point, isn't it?
I think about that every time I come across the word "meritocracy."
The inference is that those who struggle and fail lack merit. It's an expression of victim-blaming.

 
At 6:04 AM, Blogger Michael Wade said...

John,

I believe an emphasis on equal opportunity and a strong work ethic is vital. I don't see the same inference with "meritocracy." Those who struggle and fail are not always victims. [I say that as one who has struggled and failed at a number of things.]

Michael

 
At 5:05 AM, Blogger John said...

This is where I was headed.

http://www.bloomberg.com/view/articles/2016-05-02/a-basic-income-should-be-the-next-big-thing

That Swiss referendum failed, of course, but the numbers favoring such an experiment are rising.

 
At 8:01 AM, Blogger Michael Wade said...

John,

Charles Murray's book "In Our Hands" comes out this month. It will spur a lot of discussion.

Switzerland has tight immigration. The loose immigration situation in the U.S. will be a major obstacle to such proposals.

Michael

 

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