This article on meritocracy showed up over at Maggie's. I expected to have so much to disagree with that I would certainly not share it. But Helen Andrews at the Hedgehog Review - I will have to read more over there on the basis of the name alone - anticipated and answered many of my objections and answered them.
I still have some, but I thought folks should read the article first. I skipped a lot of the history, and the alarming proposed solution may take a while for me to absorb. However, I don't have much more than cliches to answer it with, so for now I will just pipe down.