3 Comments on “American meritocracy is a fantasy”

  1. Ellington3

    Ok now that I have said that I want to say yes I so agree with what you are saying!
    I studies Comparative Literature for my undergrad degree and we did look at some American literature and the “idea” of the American Dream. Most books discussed the failure of it like Faulkner’s Sound and the Fury, and the Crying of Lot 49 by Pychon, The Age of Innocence by Wharton to name a few American novels. They all look at the American Dream in some form and the illusion of it and the idea of meritocracy.
    But I also found that in studying literature of other countries that they also have their idea of “The American Dream” something that falsely the US promotes as something that could only ever happen in the US of A.
    But with your country having a national election very soon and the press and the Dems and the Repubs all going for it, the airwaves will be inundated with this lie of American Dream and everyone being able to have that chance.
    It is already false due to fact that if one wished to President of the US one has to have tonnes of dosh at their disposal even though in theory ANYONE over 35 and a US born person can run but we all know that sadly is not true.

    Thanks for starting this discussion! :)

  2. Megan

    Clarence Thomas opened my eyes to this. People who have been blessed/fortunate/lucky enough to have been given better boots than others, seldom want to admit…because it then means that maybe, just maybe, they’re not inherently better than those ne’er-do-wells they look down so harshly on. It’s all ego man…all ego.

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