69 minutes | Dec 21st 2020

2491 - The Tyranny of Merit & How Meritocracy Fails Us w/ Michael Sandel

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On today's show: Sam hosts Michael Sandel (@JusticeHarvard), Professor of Political Philosophy at Harvard University, to discuss his new book The Tyranny of Merit: What's Become of the Common Good?, on the shortcomings of the "meritocratic" system and what we can do to fix it. The myth of the American meritocracy has long been used to justify a set of policies that are antithetical to social mobility. Sandel traces the history of this ideology, shows why it's a lie, and most radically, interrogates why, even if the meritocracy were real, it would not produce a truly democratic society. McConnell celebrates passing stimulus: "help is on the way." On the fun half: Pelosi says she wishes $600 direct payments were bigger but they're still significant. Walking out of conference, Pelosi does not answer question about taking up Mnuchin bill. Biden Surgeon General nominee tempers expectations for vaccination timeline: "We want to be realistic." Lou Dobbs apologizes for defaming Smartmatic voting machines, runs news package exculpating Smartmatic (lawsuit pending). Talking about 1776 commission, Charlie Kirk says we should focus on good American history, not the bad stuff. Asked about Trump's meeting with Powell and Michael Flynn, Congressman John Curtis (UT-03) says they're just conversations, not revolutions. Plus, your calls and IMs! Become a member at JoinTheMajorityReport.com Check out the Brand New Majority Report Merch Shop! https://shop.majorityreportradio.com/ (Merch issues and concerns can be addressed here: majorityreportstore@mirrorimage.com) The AM Quickie is now on YouTube Subscribe to the AM Quickie at https://fans.fm/amquickie Make the AMQ part of your Alexa Flash Briefing too! You can now watch the livestream on Twitch Check out today's sponsors: GiveWell: For over ten years GiveWell.org has helped donors find the charities and projects that save and improve lives most per dollar. New GiveWell donors will have their first donation matched up to $250 when you go to GiveWell.org/MAJORITY and select PODCAST and Majority Report at checkout. Subscribe to Discourse Blog, a newsletter and website for progressive essays and related fun partly run by AM Quickie writer Jack Crosbie. https://discourseblog.com/ Subscribe to AM Quickie writer Corey Pein’s podcast News from Nowhere, at https://www.patreon.com/newsfromnowhere Check out The Nomiki Show live at 3 pm ET on YouTube at patreon.com/thenomikishow Check out Matt’s podcast, Literary Hangover, at Patreon.com/LiteraryHangover, or on iTunes. Check out Jamie’s podcast, The Antifada, at patreon.com/theantifada, on iTunes, or at twitch.tv/theantifada Follow the Majority Report crew on Twitter: @SamSeder @EmmaVigeland @Jamie_Elizabeth @MattLech @BF1nn
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