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Ashwin Joshi
Posted: Saturday, March 17, 2018 12:21:45 PM

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Politicians don't give a fig for meritocracy? Why should they not?






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Posted: Saturday, March 17, 2018 8:56:17 PM

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Ashwin Joshi wrote:
Politicians don't give a fig for meritocracy? Why should they not?

Probably because many politicians do not have any merits - at least, not in the areas of management and leadership, which are the one needed to run a country.
They may have some merit in "PR & BS" (the ability to say what people want to hear, even if it is lies), but that doesn't help the country!

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Y111
Posted: Sunday, March 18, 2018 1:07:33 AM
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Ashwin Joshi wrote:
Politicians don't give a fig for meritocracy? Why should they not?

They probably see politics more as a game than a service. Their goal is to get closer to the top, to obtain more influence. So they do whatever helps them achieve that. If being good worked for getting more power, there would be meritocracy, but apparently it doesn't.
Andrew Schultz
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They can be made to if the people have enough power. But it takes a lot of yelling.

Illinois senator Paul Simon wrote that he believed a lot of his colleagues didn't really want to take money from Big Oil, the NRA, etc., but when they start whispering in your ear that you need this sort of money to stay competitive, it is hard to say no.

Unfortunately we don't have anything close to meritocracy in the corporate world, either. There's some consolation that people who work at being decent and understanding generally wind up being pretty happy, but all the same, it'd be nice if things were even fairer.

People focused on grabbing power tend to be good at obtaining it, because they don't really consider what could go wrong. People seeking to understand how to use power get tangled up in inconvenient ethics, but they can often be quite good at pushing back against abuses of power. Or they break a rule more rational and decent people would not consider bending.

Ironically, the closest thing to a meritocracy may be sports, which unfortunately doesn't really matter in the grand scheme of things. You can't fake physical talent.

It's hard not to be cynical. And if we are cynical, the powermongers get entrenched even deeper.

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