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


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...


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.]


At 5:05 AM, Blogger John said...

This is where I was headed.

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

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


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.



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