Book Club: The Meritocracy Trap #2

Welcome back!

This week we’re discussing the first three chapters, or Part One of the book.

Next week we’ll talk about chapters 4, 5 and 6.

This week, let’s talk about part one, the crux of which I think is in this line right here:

American meritocracy has become exactly what it was intended to combat: a mechanism for the concentration and dynastic transmission of wealth, privilege and caste across generations.

I also thought this idea was also really interesting

Rising inequality is not driven principally by villains, and moralistic attacks on bad actors neglect morally complex but vastly more consequential structural wrongs.

What did you think about these first three chapters and the ideas in them?