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9 Articles by: Ellen Engelstad

Ellen Engelstad has an MA in comparative literature from the University of Oslo and is editor of the left-wing online magazine Manifest Tidsskrift.

Against Meritocracy

When sociologist Michael Young coined the term “meritocracy,” he was warning against the idea that we should have to compete to prove how talented or hardworking we are. A truly egalitarian society would guarantee a dignified existence for us all — regardless of arbitrary measures of how much we deserve it.