Does Meritocracy Destroy the Common Good?

Aug 24, 2020 |
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At a time when democracy is in peril, this event explores discontents that roil our politics and considers the prospects for a new politics of the common good. The event features Michael Sandel speaking about his book, The Tyranny of Merit, in which he argues that the divide between winners and losers poisons our politics and pulls us apart. Anna Deavere Smith and T. J. Jackson Lears join in the conversation to discuss “Does Meritocracy Destroy the Common Good?” 

This event was a Morton L. Mandel Public Lecture and the first virtual Stated Meeting in the history of the Academy.