Your weekend reads: on jerks and meritocracy

The Guardian has two pieces today that closely relate to the topics we have been discussing this semester. In The Bad Behavior of the Richest Brooke Harrington demonstrates how the behaviors indulged in the rich are condemned or even criminalized in the poor. Did you know that the 1% not only have wealth managers, but also hire people who help make them invisible?

In a Bourdieusian spirit, Kwame Anthony Appiah unpacks the myth of meritocracy and urges us to “revise the ways we think about human worth in the service of moral equality”:

We cannot fully control the distribution of economic, social and human capital, or eradicate the intricate patterns that emerge from these overlaid grids. But class identities do not have to internalise those injuries of class.

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