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America’s collapsing meritocracy is a recipe for revolt

13 mins | Jul 23, 2021
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Chinese history shows what happens when an old system loses its force. The internet is no stranger to drama. But a TikTok star’s tweet about landing a broadcast gig with minimal experience highlights the everlasting tension between those who achieve fame and fortune in the marketplace and those who attempt to climb a career in a dying industry. Paul Musgrave, a professor of political science, explains why to understand this dynamic fully, we can turn to China’s ancient Qing dynasty’s civil service examination system.
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