Twilight Of The Elites: America After Meritocracy
  • Twilight Of The Elites: America After Meritocracy
  • Twilight Of The Elites: America After Meritocracy
  • Twilight Of The Elites: America After Meritocracy
ISBN: 0307720454
EAN13: 9780307720450
Language: English
Pages: 304
Dimensions: 1.4" H x 9.2" L x 6.4" W
Weight: 1.15 lbs.
Format: Hardcover
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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 and corruption than any that came before it.

Mixing deft political analysis, timely social commentary, and deep historical understanding, Twilight of the Elites describes how the society we have come to inhabit - utterly forgiving at the top and relentlessly punitive at the bottom - produces leaders who are out of touch with the Read More chevron_right

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