May 28, 2017 - 13 min
Stress on hard work over natural ability misleads the young. "Why do we find it so hard to talk about talent? To concede its vast role (whether lesser or greater than work's) in deciding life outcomes? The cynic's take is that stress on work, for all its outward modesty, allows winners to put their success down to personal agency. At that point, progressive taxes, even a lack of deference to the successful, become harder to justify. They are no way to treat the deserving," Ganesh reflects in his Financial Times column.