Meritocracy Week

It’s Meritocracy Week on Engelsberg Ideas. Leading writers explore the global history of merit in culture and politics. Do meritocracies deliver on their promise? Is meritocracy working? Can the concept be fixed?

Podcast episodes

Still from Stanley Kubrick's 1963 film Dr Strangelove.
People carry portraits of their relatives - soldiers of the Second World War - as they take part in the Immortal Regiment march in downtown Moscow.
Carl von Clausewitz.
Camille Paglia.
During a campaign trip Senator John F. Kennedy greets a roadside crowd in Indiana.
English propaganda poster from the First World War showing a column of soldiers and civilians marching to war.