Thus abolition on the terms of the mainstream meritocrats
provides for the palimpsestic inscription of a new coloniality-free Canada.
Besides, effort may be a virtue but even the meritocrats
don't think it deserves rewards independent of results or achievement.
It's all part of Whitby's touchy-feely revolution, which attempts to portray the Conservatives as classless meritocrats
, incorrigible global opportunists, display neither gratitude to their forebears nor a sense of obligation to the common good.
According to the American journalist, David Brooks, they are bourgeois bohemians, a new elite of well-heeled meritocrats
whose values and lifestyle draw on two apparently antagonistic traditions: the idealism of the '60s and the materialism of the '80s.
Conant assumed that his meritocrats
, not content to enjoy the benefits of their positions, would act like a moral elite as well, reforming a truculent society that wasn't as good as it ought to be.
Here one can draw a tentative distinction between ideological meritocrats
and pragmatic egalitarians.
Instead, the prevailing common sense argues that merit has been corrupted by a system of entitlements that hands out privileges and advantages to people who don't deserve them: unqualified graduate students and intellectuals who are recruited into academia because "excellence," to use a favorite word of meritocrats
, has been sacrificed to "the ideology of equality.
60) Small wonder also, that the communist practice of undermining labourism's meritocrats
showed why the WPC could not be considered "of" the labour movement.