Elitism 401 is found here.
The Dear Leader of N. Korea has found his successor. After searching the whole of N. Korea, it turned out the most suitable person happens to be be Kim Jong Il's youngest son Kim Jong Un.
Before you shout the "N" word, let me explain clearly why his selection is completely meritocratic. Yes, it is all based on meritocracy and I can prove it! The junior Kim is the best educated N. Korean of his generation having attended private school in Switzerland and the top military school in N. Korea while many of his peers have shrunken brains due to malnourishment. The only other people who come close in terms education are his siblings but they lose out when other factors are considered. Kim Jong Un is his father's favorite and has been groomed for the job. No other person is as familiar with the inner workings of this secretive govt and he is the only one who will be able to run the place. Lastly, he is a splitting image of his father which means they may be able to reuse those gigantic ubiquitous portraits found all over N. Korea possibly saving the impoverished state millions. Since he look so much like his father, it is easy for the masses to transfer their adoration from the father to the son. There is nobody more qualified than Kim Jong Un to take over his father's job therefore meritocracy is alive and well in N. Korea!!!!!.....Meritocracy is alive and well but the people of N. Korea are not.
Meritocracy is only part of the bigger picture. For meritocracy to work well and deliver the benefits to the people, other factors have to be in place. Meritocracy delivers when there is competition and a level playing field. Opportunities have to be made available to as many people as possible. Elitism which narrowly selects a small number people to be lavished with quality education, opportunities and special grooming leads to an unhealthy form of meritocracy such as the one we see in N. Korea. You can alway argue that the selected person is the best one for the job - but do the pre-conditions for a healthy meritocracy exist? ...Are opportunities available only to a small number of elites selected and groomed for the job? Is there secrecy in the system that prevents others from stepping forward?
Elitism is the enemy of a healthy meritocracy because it takes away the element of competition. So when our leaders start advertising that their system is good because it is meritocratic, you remember that even in N. Korea they have meritocracy. In Singapore where they have replaced our democracy with a select and groom process in the PAP ...and then promote these people to MPs by using GRCs and estate upgrading threats, we have ended up with an elitist system. The selection is from a small group composed largely of scholars who have been lavished with education and opportunities. At the end of the day, I guess what you see is what you get. Singaporeans are told they have the best possible leaders thrown up by the system...and the N. Koreans too can be told they will be getting the best possible leader under their system.