The Tyranny of Merit (Video)

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Source: Michael Sandel
Affiliation: TED

In this video, Michael discusses what accounts for our polarized public life, and how we can begin to heal it. He explores how "meritocratic hubris" leads many to believe their success is their own doing and to look down on those who haven't made it, provoking resentment and inflaming the divide between "winners" and "losers" in the new economy. Hear why we need to reconsider the meaning of success and recognize the role of luck in order to create a less rancorous, more generous civic life.

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Keywords: Meaning of Work , Meritocracy , Philosophy