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A More Merocratic Economy For All

  1. gmwilliams profile image85
    gmwilliamsposted 4 years ago

    Typo, the thread should have read   A More Meritocratic Economy For All

    There have been threads addressing the pertinent issue of class inequity.   Many have stated that the rich are the cause for much of the present socioeconomic inequity while others strongly assert that those who are unsuccessful, it is by their own doing.   Now, here is a question do you believe that there can be a purely merit based economy and method of success in which would be immensely beneficial for all concerned- there will be rich but less poor people?   What do you think of such a premise?

    1. Repairguy47 profile image61
      Repairguy47posted 4 years ago in reply to this

      Yes! Its called capitalism and it works.

      1. gmwilliams profile image85
        gmwilliamsposted 4 years ago in reply to this

        HA!  Attaboy, Repairguy!

    2. Shadesbreath profile image90
      Shadesbreathposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      Pure capitalism is that in theory. What complicates things is that cronyism and nepotism exist, which corrupt from the top, granting success/advantage by birthright rather than merit. It's not a true meritocracy if everyone doesn't start from the same place. Furthermore, it gets unwound from the bottom as well when the inept, the damaged and the lazy start to get sick and piteous, or make babies who get sick and piteous, and then people start feeling sorry for them, which changes the political structure because "what kind of a nation are we?" etc.

      I would guess that once again you may be looking for a nice simple answer where there isn't one. Yes, in a philosophical context, you can have a meritocracy. It works on paper. Communism works on paper too. It's the much more complicated reality of human nature in is varied manifestations that makes for no simple, easily solved, simple to sum up in a nice sound bite or FB cliché kind of way. No matter what you set up, it's going to have people in it. So, it's already doomed to imperfection and will eventually break down.