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Tonight: MSNBC host Chris Hayes' 'Twlight of the Elites'

June 18, 2012 - 09:18 AM
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MSNBC host Christopher Hayes discusses his new book, Twilight of the Elites: America After Meritocracy, a social critique that poses two theories about the current state of America — the public's lost of trust in the elites and the idea of "meritocracy." Hayes cites failures by the elites in events such as the financial crisis, Enron, Hurricane Katrina and the Iraq War. In an interview with the Huffington Post, Hayes says, "I think the root cause of a lot of the problems we’re facing is a flaw that’s baked into the cake from the beginning in the whole notion of meritocracy. I think that meritocracy as a social model concedes far too much in terms of inequality, and it has provided the conceptual and narrative framework for a society that has seen levels of inequality that are unseen in 100 years." Politics and Prose. 7 p.m. Free.

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