Is Meritocracy Real?

Over at Slow Boring, Matt Yglesias argues that meritocracy is real but bad. Yglesias contrasts his take with the conventional position that is presented as anti-meritocracy but actually just argues that we don’t live in a meritocracy. Here’s Yglesias: And if you talk to people with a curious and open mind, you’ll pretty quickly find out that… Continue reading Is Meritocracy Real?

Land as soil and land as space

The argument that people can appropriate unowned land by mixing their labor with it has a lot of problems. Labor is not a substance, and so it cannot be mixed. Even if it could be mixed, it is not clear why mixing it with something transforms the unowned particles into owned particles. Even if you… Continue reading Land as soil and land as space