I want to bring to your attention part two of The 99 Percent Plan, a joint Roosevelt Institute and Salon series that explores how progressives can shape a new vision for the economy. Curated by my colleague Sabeel Rahman, he has assembled a great group of writers to lay out a progressive approach to political economy. New essays will appear every weekend for the next few weeks at Salon’s site.
This week’s essay is a critique of the meritocracy – America’s failed promise of equal opportunity – by Alex Gourevitch and Aziz Rana. “To achieve a truly fair society, we need to look to Lincoln, not Jefferson.” It’s very thought-provoking and I hope you check it out.
Alex Gourevitch is one of the people behind The Current Moment, a blog that is in my “must read” rss bucket and one we interact with frequently here. Back in September 2008, Aziz Rana wrote a piece about meritocracy called Obama and the Closing of the American Dream. I’m a big fan of that essay – I believe I sent around to everyone with a “read this!!1!1!!” style subject line – and their 99 Percent Plan essay build on that piece.