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What kind of society do we create if human nature is no longer a limitation? This captivating question serves as the foundation for our in-depth discussion with British social commentator, Toby Young. We navigate the challenging landscapes of meritocracy, conservatism, and the idea of inherited wealth. Inspired by the perspectives of Toby's father, Michael Young, found in his book 'The Rise of the Meritocracy', we critique the concept, entering a thought-provoking debate on the illusions it creates and its potential to extend the lifeline of capitalism. Our conversation also challenges the notion of entitlement, questions the moral balance of a child's inherited advantage, and scrutinizes the genetic lottery's place in a meritocratic society.
0:00:00) - Critiquing the Concept of Meritocracy
(0:14:08) - Protecting Liberties and Addressing Socioeconomic Inequality
(0:22:10) - Critiquing Meritocracy and Inherited Wealth
(0:38:12) - Addressing Inequality Through Genetic Redistribution
(0:52:13) - Technology's Impact on Equality and Genetics
(0:59:47) - Debating the Feasibility of Utopian Socialism
(1:06:11) - Human Nature and Genetic Alteration