Harvard University: The Tyranny of Meritocracy

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The Program on Constitutional Government: “The Tyranny of Meritocracy”


The Program on Constitutional Government at Harvard, a JMC partner program, will be holding a panel discussion with Michael Sandel, Christopher Caldwell, and JMC fellow Sarah Gustafson on Sandel’s new book, The Tyranny of Meritocracy.

Friday, February 12, 2021 • 12:30 PM EST
A virtual event through Zoom

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Michael J. Sandel is the Anne T. and Robert M. Bass Professor of Government at Harvard. His writings—on justice, ethics, democracy, and markets—have been translated into 27 languages. His course “Justice” is the first Harvard course to be made freely available online and on television. His books include What Money Can’t Buy: The Moral Limits of Markets; Justice: What’s the Right Thing to Do?; The Case against Perfection: Ethics in the Age of Genetic Engineering; Public Philosophy: Essays on Morality in Politics; Democracy’s Discontent: America in Search of a Public Philosophy; and Liberalism and the Limits of Justice.

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Christopher Caldwell is an author and journalist. He is a fellow at the Claremont Institute and writes frequently for The Wall Street Journal, The Claremont Review of Books, and he is a contributing opinion writer at The New York Times. His books include The Age of Entitlement: America Since the Sixties (2020) and Reflections On the Revolution in Europe (2009).

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Sarah Gustafson is a graduate student in the Harvard Government Department who is writing her dissertation on Tocqueville’s understanding of charity.

Gustafson is a JMC fellow.

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The Program on Constitutional Government at Harvard University was founded in 1985 by Harvey Mansfield and William Kristol, and has been guided since then by Mansfield and R. Shep Melnick of Boston College. The Program promotes the study of the U.S. Constitution and its principles, combining the fields of political theory and American government. It brings visiting professors to Harvard, invites guest speakers, and supports postdoctoral fellowships. The Program also seeks to improve the access of Harvard students to political debate by ensuring that the principle of diversity is not confined to favored classes of Americans, but extended to political opinion, since it is the interest of all that both sides be heard.

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