In one of my earlier posts, I had written about the case for selection based on inheritance. One of the most cherished goals of most societies has been to de-link privilege from parental lineage and to create a meritocratic society. And in the last years, most western monarchies have been reduced to tourist sights (similar to the fate of pampered zoo animals). Shareholder activism has gradually replaced family management with professional management. Inheritance tax has been institutionalized in many countries. Racism has become largely extinct, and in countries like
So are we slowly moving to a more fair society? Will universal meritocracy ensure that? Hold on!!!!!!!! It is now widely accepted that Merit (intelligence, looks, strength etc.) is an outcome of both nature and nurture. To what extent nature (inheritance) effects Merit is yet to be clear. But the point is that if one is born with the genes that to an extent provide him with the merit to claim success, is it fair to not endow the less meritorious just because he didn't have the right genes? So what is the solution? Of course it's all dependent on time and the research efforts in genetics, proteomics and neuroscience. Once it's known exactly how much genes are responsible for merit, one can impose a suitable Merit Tax on lines of the inheritance tax. The other option may be to endow every human being with the same genetic traits responsible for all forms of Merit - and that would be the next human species with uniformity all across.