>>For me meritocracies are
>> a shame in a class based society for keeping the social structure unchanged.
> i assume you meant to insert between 'shame' and 'in' , some thing
>like 'which are used' .
On an important topic like this, let us write exactly what we mean, eh?
I too am unsure what was originally meant. What I do know,
having grown up in what was I believe the most honest meritocracy the
world has known, is that it's far far better than a class-based
system such as the English had largely maintained.
Mind you, even as far back as the great James Cook, the Royal
Navy was a meritocracy to the extent of allowing that
up-from-nowheres poor boy to rise to high rank & honours on
performance. But the nation he kicked off, New Zealand, was all
along dedicated to advancement on performance. The resulting civil
service & armed forces were outstanding.
The past 3 decades of affirmative action have of course
seriously degraded the quality of work by these agencies. Inherited
privilege is not the only enemy of the meritocracy!