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Meritocracy

Why A New Nigeria Is Impossible By Bayo Oluwasanmi

After nearly 61 years of independence, Nigeria continues to grope in the dark with no ray of hope that things will get better. Indeed, things are getting worse by the day. Out of this hopelessness grew the desire and determination for oppressed and marginalized Yoruba and Igbo to fight for…
bubmag
March 27, 2021
Meritocracy

Sports’ unequal playing field

Sports are often sold as the great equalizer. Yet time and again, the sports meritocracy is proven to be a myth. Why it matters: In theory, sports are an escape. In reality, they are a mirror — often perpetuating the most unjust aspects of society. "We tend to think of…
bubmag
March 20, 2021
Meritocracy

What Comes After Meritocracy?

What comes after meritocracy? February 23, 2021 Last spring, Representative James Clyburn of South Carolina explained why, at a pivotal moment in the Democratic primaries, he endorsed Joe Biden for president: “Our problem, it seems to me, is too many candidates spend time trying to let people know how smart…
bubmag
February 23, 2021
Meritocracy

A Nightingale Sang In Barbarella’s: Stewart Lee, Michael Cumming Interviewed

Have you ever heard of The Nightingales? No? Well, that situation needs swiftly rectifying, reckons Stewart Lee, the splendid stand-up, sometime Sunday-paper album reviewer and recent number- one-hitmaker (with Asian Dub Foundation). Now he’s also a rock-documentarian, alongside old colleague Michael Cumming, best known for directing bravura comedies like Brass…
bubmag
February 19, 2021
Meritocracy

The Entire Republican Party Is on Trial

The choice ahead for the 50 Senate Republicans is stark. In the words of that old labor song, “Which side are you on?” In their masterful and, at times, heartbreaking presentation, the House impeachment managers asked Senate Republicans a simple question: Will you side with Mike Pence, the Capitol Police,…
bubmag
February 11, 2021
Meritocracy

How the GOP Fell in Love With Cancel Culture

In the aftermath of the pro-Trump riots that left five dead at the United States Capitol, Republicans have focused on the real problem: cancel culture. Citing the president’s removal from just about every social media app in existence and the scores of companies announcing they would no longer do business…
bubmag
January 15, 2021
Meritocracy

The Stubborn Classism of Classical Music

Few art forms on earth are more indebted to class privilege than Western classical music. For most of its history, it has relied on monarchs, aristocrats, and wealthy patrons even to exist. We have Haydn because of a prince, Mozart and Beethoven because of a baron, Stravinsky and Copland because…
bubmag
December 10, 2020
Meritocracy

CE silent on HKU job row, says she won’t interfere

Chief Executive Carrie Lam has refused to be drawn into a row sparked by reports that a Communist Party member will be appointed a vice president of Hong Kong University, saying she won't interfere in the institution's affairs. Ahead of the Executive Council meeting on Tuesday, Lam – who is…
bubmag
October 27, 2020
Meritocracy

How Meritocracy Failed Our Kids

Fredrik deBoer's criticisms of America's counterproductive education system will be familiar to many on the right. The Cult of Smart: How Our Broken Educational System Perpetuates Social Injustice, by Fredrik deBoer, (All Points Books: August 2020), 288 pages, $20.99.Self-described revolutionary socialist Fredrik deBoer will certainly anger many in the progressive educational establishment…
bubmag
September 24, 2020