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β€œ... a perfect meritocracy ... diminishes our capacity to see ourselves as sharing a common fate. It leaves little room for the solidarity that can arise when we reflect on the contingency of our talents and fortunes. This is what makes merit a kind of tyranny ...” Sandel 25
β€œThe notion that our fate reflects our merit runs deep in the moral intuitions of Western culture. Biblical theology teaches that natural events happen for a reason. Favorable weather and a bountiful harvest are divine rewards for good behavior, drought and pestilence are
punishments for sin.” Sandel p. 35. Een indrukwekkend hoofdstuk over religieuze noties , en Amerikaanse politiek (heel passend voor dit moment).
Een voorbeeld uit 1946: een jonge piloot moest zo nodig een groet brengen aan zijn moeder in Apeldoorn, en stortte met zijn
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