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a form of social system in which power goes to those with superior intellects

the belief that rulers should be chosen for their superior abilities and not because of their wealth or birth

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According to the Meritocrat, the world will be a more socially just place if and when people take responsibility for their problems and take advantage of the opportunities provided to them.
He emphasizes the unabashed elitism of such meritocrats as Conant and Brewster, men comfortable with vast inequality as long as it correlated with ability.
Or showing herself to be a Thatcherite meritocrat, correcting the anomaly of the feminist Cordelia of the earlier book by loading the dice against her in its sequel?
Nor will he refashion Chaucer to his own preferred image, as previous biographers have done - an aristocrat to the Renaissance Speght, a meritocrat to the American Manly, an X-rating from the Californian Gardner.
Cameron presents himself as a meritocrat, a man who believes passionately in the young making their way in life.
Lew's a classic example of an enlightened meritocrat.
On the surface, my life and career up to this point appear to vindicate the virtuous life of a model meritocrat - the first person ever in my family to go to college, and the first-generation immigrant who found gold in California's expanding system of higher education.
Nature's gentleman' was thus a meritocrat - but in the name of character and morals rather than intelligence or business skills.
Further, they vaguely perceive that their own taxes end up enabling the bad habits of the meritocrat class.
He is a true meritocrat and whenever the subject is brought up he quotes the French novelist Flaubert, who said, 'Honours dishonour, titles degrade'.
There is the Organization Kid, the dutiful meritocrat who spends high school amassing "extracurriculars" and his college years trying to climb the system instead of bucking it.
Clinton was a meritocrat who began life as a poor white kid in Arkansas with an alcoholic stepfather and ended it as the first Democrat to win a second term since Harry Truman.
For the American meritocrat, life, until age 40 or so anyway, is an intense race through such institutions, which might include SATs, admissions offices, law school, law review, clerkship, the associates program, and, finally, partnership.
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.
The first is that self-made meritocrats are dangerous sources of revolution if they are denied access to power.