Conservative Minds

Episode 91: Adrian Wooldridge - The Aristocracy of Talent

December 20th, 2021  •  44 mins 16 secs  •  Download (37.2 MB)  •  Link with Timestamp

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In The Aristocracy of Talent, Adrian Wooldridge traces the history of meritocracy and looks outside western cultures and shows what transformative effects it has had everywhere it has been adopted, especially once women were brought into the meritocratic system. He also shows how meritocracy has now become corrupted and argues that the recent stalling of social mobility is the result of failure to complete the meritocratic revolution. Rather than abandoning meritocracy, he says, we should call for its renewal.