- Oct 2010
Why is meritocracy better ? Well imagine the surgeon who is going to operate on you, or the pilot who is going to fly the plane you are in, have been selected due to nepotism and have no real qualifications....Or do you prefer them to be properly selected , trained and tested before they are allowed to operate on you or fly your plane ?
I think there needs to be a separation between public and private sector in the discussion, I do believe private entities are entitled to make their hiring decisions based on their needs and wishes as long as they are not breaking any laws. If I am grooming my children to take over a factory of mine, a restaurant of mine, ..etc , I believe that is a fair thing to do.
Of course nepotism has been around for a long time, it is the reason why we have so many laws that encourage hiring of people without prejudice against their background and health.
It is interesting that the middle class is brought up in these discussions when they are the victims of Nepotism and hiring/retention laws especially the ones that use non-merit based tie-breakers for hiring and salary evaluations.