Book Club: The Meritocracy Trap #3

Hey! Last week, we read chapters 4,5,6 and next week week we’ll discuss chapters 7,8, and 9.

This week’s discussion thread I want to try something a bit new! I know lots of folks are reading but not commenting (which is totally okay!) but I want to highlight some comments from last week that I thought were particularly were thought-provoking and dive in on them a little bit.

I picked out three particularly good ones.

This comment from Irish Twilight:

Things that really stuck out for me were the erosion of opportunity for the Middle Class and the extreme burnout rate for people after they have finally moved up to a job they thought would be more enjoyable or at least make their life better. Also the statement "the rich and the rest now work, marry, parent, socialize, read, eat and even worship differently" really hit home with how things have become more times than not in everyday life. 

This comment is from A to the Hizzo:

Another thought I had was his take on education. I think he missed the mark on this as well. Historically, the "Ivy League" schools have been for the aristocracy. I believe the aristocracy has figured out how to game the meritocracy "trap" to keep them at the higher levels. Yes, there are students there who are killing themselves to get in on higher and higher merits. Let's not forget, however that Felicity Huffman is serving (served?) jail time and Lori "Aunt Becky" Loughlin is on her way to jail (along with other aristocrats) for "buying" meritocracy for their children. So it isn't wholly earned as the author wants to portray. 

This one from Max Van Glider gets at an issue a lot of people have it on:

Arguments need to be based on facts that build to a clear conclusion. The author creates nebulous pseudoscientific terms and uses anecdotes from towns in the rust belt to justify his conclusions. His conclusions are based on his personal experiences. There's no data here and I frankly think his ideas are poorly formed and his writing is terrible. My wife, at a major financial newspaper, spent her editing time turning jargon into plain English. "Superordinate in the Meritocratic system." This is BS.

You should also check out the comments from reader Marissa, they made lots of great points about the narrow lens of the writer.

With this book, we’re getting a lot more dissection of the book than previously, which is cool: as fun as it is to have a book everyone basically likes, this is making for some great discussion. So keep it up, keep it positive but don’t hesitate to talk about it!

What do you think about these ideas? Did chapers 4, 5 or 6 change your view, or strengthen it?