Meritocracy is Unjust

Meritocracy tends to confuse a very practical sense of merit with a more abstract and moral one. An individual may deserve a high-paying job or admission to a selective college because they are productive or qualified. However, in a moral sense, individuals do not merit the skills and abilities they are born with, nor do they merit the environments they were born into that allowed them to develop those skills.

Bernanke on Meritocracy

Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke has some excellent reflections on the ethics of meritocracy in his baccalaureate address to Princeton: We have been taught that meritocratic institutions and societies are fair.