Twilight of the elites : America After Meritocracy. / Christopher Hayes.
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- ISBN: 9780307720474 (electronic bk)
- Physical Description: 1 online resource
- Publisher: [Place of publication not identified] : [publisher not identified], 2012.
A powerful and original argument that traces the roots of our present crisis of authority to an unlikely source: the meritocracy. Over the past decade, Americans watched in bafflement and rage as one institution after another -- from Wall Street to Congress, the Catholic Church to corporate America, even Major League Baseball -- imploded under the weight of corruption and incompetence. In the wake of the Fail Decade, Americans have historically low levels of trust in their institutions; the social contract between ordinary citizens and elites lies in tatters. How did we get here? With Twilight of the Elites, Christopher Hayes offers a radically novel answer. Since the 1960s, as the meritocracy elevated a more diverse group of men and women into power, they learned to embrace the accelerating inequality that had placed them near the very top. Their ascension heightened social distance and spawned a new American elite--one more prone to failure...
Electronic reproduction. New York : Crown, 2012. Requires OverDrive Read (file size: N/A KB) or Adobe Digital Editions (file size: 2039 KB) or Amazon Kindle (file size: N/A KB).
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