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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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Second, meritocrats have contributed vastly to China's economic success.
Thus abolition on the terms of the mainstream meritocrats provides for the palimpsestic inscription of a new coloniality-free Canada.
Meritocrats believe that this works best when the privileged use their power "responsibly" by investing in institutions like libraries and concert halls that provide opportunities for motivated individuals to improve their position in life.
Besides, effort may be a virtue but even the meritocrats don't think it deserves rewards independent of results or achievement.
However, subject to these exceptions, the godfathers were and are strict meritocrats.
The important prelude is that Karabel scrutinizes Conant's biography to remind meritocrats that Conant was no "outsider" who took Harvard by storm due exclusively to his brains as a chemist.
Peter Simkins will be at the DLI on Saturday, June 30 with his talk The Meritocrats, Some Outstanding but Largely Forgotten British and Dominion Generals of the Great War.
He emphasizes the unabashed elitism of such meritocrats as Conant and Brewster, men comfortable with vast inequality as long as it correlated with ability.
It's all part of Whitby's touchy-feely revolution, which attempts to portray the Conservatives as classless meritocrats.
The egalitarians replaced the meritocrats, arguing for 'equality of outcome' rather than 'equality of opportunity'.
Proponents of affirmative action, for example, often acknowledged that the criteria to assure a diverse class were often at odds with or at least supplemental to the criteria applied by the meritocrats.
Meritocrats, incorrigible global opportunists, display neither gratitude to their forebears nor a sense of obligation to the common good.
This, of course, was regarded as merely sentimental by the meritocrats of the future, until the Populist insurrection of 2034, in which, sadly, Young's narrator loses his life, so that we do not learn the outcome.
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.