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Episode 150 | May 15, 2024

The Meritocracy Myth with Daniel Markovits

Is America’s Achievement-Oriented Society a Sham?

If you grew up in the U.S., you’ve probably believed (and maybe you still do!) that advantage should be earned through ability and effort. You get ahead in this world based on your accomplishments. Right? Well, not so fast. What if this foundational American axiom is all a myth? Daniel Markovits, a professor at Yale and author of “The Meritocracy Trap,” joins Keith on the pod today to discuss. He starts by pointing out the problems with modern-day meritocracy: It feeds inequality, dismantles...

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