The End of Merit

Everywhere we look, the principle of merit is compromised or regarded as the worst form of unfairness.  Sanctioned mediocrity is now the order of the day.  Standards of achievement are diluted, hard work goes unacknowledged, and the desire to excel in one's field or to accept responsibility for one's actions and even for one's failures is in abeyance.  Individual talent, intelligence, entrepreneurial success, and personal discipline are dismissed as unjust advantages deriving from the exploitation of the dispossessed.  "You didn't build that," as Obama notoriously proclaimed.  The inevitable result is the devitalizing of political, intellectual, and professional life to the point where a society finds itself in a state of "progressive" deterioration. Examples abound. The American (and Canadian) university system is in precipitous freefall, filled with students largely incapable of...(Read Full Article)

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