Meritocrat


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Meritocrat

A person who believes that the best qualified persons should be rewarded for their achievements. That is, talent and hard work are rewarded in a meritocracy, rather than other factors like personal relationships or tenure. Meritocracy in a corporation may cause better results, but certain positions are still commonly kept within a family or friendship network.
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Those students who expressed conservative political beliefs gravitated towards the Meritocrat frame, those students who felt unsure about their political affiliations expressed a Benevolent Benefactor frame, those who identified as independents showed affinity for Resigned thinking, and those with strong liberal views articulated an Activist Ally frame.
I was raised by staunch meritocrats in a thoroughly secular home where Religion was considered not so much an opiate of the masses as a relic of the primitive past.
Collectively, the new meritocrats argued against an undue reverence for ancient family.
Toward the end of the 20th century, this class of "meritocrats" began to concentrate.
Any reasonably competent meritocrat will know that Bess Myerson, Gary Hart, and Donald Trump belong on the Out list, but he or she has to follow the chic curve more closely to detect the sagging fortunes of Allan Bloom, the Beatles, Andrew Wyeth, Gloria Steinem, Liza Minnelli, people who talk about Speed the Plow, and people who sa "Bonfire" when they mean Bonfire of the Vanities-all of them on Spy lists of things that appall.
The great paradox is that the more the meritocrats try to perfect their system, defending it by measures of fairness and assessments of true merit, the worse the problems become.
Peters credits Bill Clinton with being the only Democratic president or candidate in decades who managed, through his policies and gift for empathy, to bridge the gap between the meritocrats and the white middle and working classes.
(71) Aiming at reconstituting aristocratic privileges by eliminating meritocrats and placing James VI as a new monarch, who was used to being governed primarily by the advisory mechanisms of Parliament and the Privy Council, Essex wanted to liberate the disenfranchised nobility from the tyranny of Elizabeth I and Sir Robert Cecil.
The first is that self-made meritocrats are dangerous sources of revolution if they are denied access to power.
We were idealists and meritocrats and we thought they were wrong.
Thus abolition on the terms of the mainstream meritocrats provides the palimpsest for a new inscription of a coloniality-free Canada.
In terms of China's mixed/permeable elite, Cool War stresses that "[t]he leadership of the Communist Party is made up of meritocrats and princelings.