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Michael Sandel – Meritocracy

Oct 21, 2020

Professor Michael Sandel’s book “The Tyranny of Merit” takes a different view of the current political division and populist uprising.

Decades of increasing inequality, globalization, technological change, unfettered markets and technocratic politics have given rise to ever more polarisation and populist sentiment. How do we gain a better, wiser politics in the context of these 21st century challenges? Can the progressive parties reconcile the concerns of the disenfranchised and angry without succumbing to xenophobia and anti-outsider sentiment? What are the new ideas and solutions that will help us?Renowned political philosopher Michael Sandel delivers an exclusive address on the future of democracy and our place within it.

This audio is an excerpt of the Sandel’s talk at 1.5X speed.



In his 2009 TED Talk, Alain De Boton also discussed meritocracies and the effect he calls Status Anxiety.

Here is the complete YouTube video with the interview that follows his talk.