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The History of the Merit (not Robber) Baron?: Part VI of VI

Ultimate Boundaries The general problem here is that, postmodernism not only denies the existence of actual natural laws that are timeless, universal, and impossible to overcome; these laws will invariably and inevitably decide what exists on earth and what does … Continue reading

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The History of the Merit (not Robber) Baron?: Part V of VI

Enlightenment via Denial? While most acknowledge the existence of the dynamics described above, most also deny their importance, as they perceive that we humans have gone beyond the mandate of maximizing societal performance. All as part of a new postmodernist … Continue reading

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The History of the Merit (not Robber) Baron?: Part IV of VI

The Power of Freedom Yet most important of all here is that, not only is a normal/bell-curve distribution with extreme outcome and status variation to be expected within a meritocratic free marketplace, this result is extremely desirable with regard to … Continue reading

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The History of the Merit (not Robber) Baron?: Part III of VI

Fitness and the Marketplace In other words, what the success of the brightest within the free marketplace replicates is the success of the fittest within the realm of natural selection—with both epitomizing the standard of merit. Indeed, being that intelligence … Continue reading

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The History of the Merit (not Robber) Baron?: Part II of VI

Cream Rises Enter a recent study by the research scientist, Jonathan Wai, from Duke University, who has found a strong correlation between brainpower and success—especially with regard to wealth acquisition. Indeed, the data show that “the top one percent in … Continue reading

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The History of the Merit (not Robber) Baron?: Part I of VI

For centuries now, since the European counter-Enlightenment (mid-to-late 1700s), there has been an increasing effort within the Western world to show how all peoples are basically the same as a means of greater human peace and harmony. For it was … Continue reading

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It’s Hard to Make It in Utopian America: How the United States Stopped Being the Land of Opportunity: Part VI of VI

Sensing Security Falsely While in good times, when evolutionary selection pressure is low, humans groups will often be able to survive with such dysfunctional policies in place; it is in difficult times that such policies will likely lead to dire … Continue reading

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It’s Hard to Make It in Utopian America: How the United States Stopped Being the Land of Opportunity: Part V of VI

Laws That Cannot Be Broken All of this was inevitable given what amounts to a biomathematical law that has forever been controlling within the realm of evolution by way of natural selection: over time there will be more of what … Continue reading

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It’s Hard to Make It in Utopian America: How the United States Stopped Being the Land of Opportunity: Part IV of VI

To Dream the Impossible Dream While all of this may still have great appeal for many who see no harm in utopian pursuits, even if some level of nagging skepticism exists, a sober assessment of the model(s) from the evolutionary … Continue reading

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It’s Hard to Make It in Utopian America: How the United States Stopped Being the Land of Opportunity: Part III of VI

Deep in the Heart of Unintended Consequences The reason for this taboo is that, since the mid-to-late 1700s there has been a growing consensus that humans must agree no human groups are better or worse than others. For it has … Continue reading

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