When Josh Jacobs was drafted by the Oakland Raiders in the first round of the 2019 NFL draft, he received a signing bonus of $6.7 million. The story of the star running back from the University of Alabama quickly circulated, featured in the headlines in major media outlets such as USA Today, NBC News, ESPN, and more.
The outrage the college admissions scandal has inspired tends to be directed at those it deems undeserving, not at meritocracy and the class hierarchy and inequality it fuels and justifies. The outrage, put another way, is calling for a more “just” inequality in which those who truly deserve more than others get it.
We need to believe in the competence of our public institutions for our society to function. When they don't function, how should we react?
Meritocracy is in crisis and the potential remedies for this situation are not happening because of the power exercised by our corrupted elites.