Why Meritocracies and Great Societies Have Never Been Long-Lived

Signing of the Declaration of Independence

The founders of the United States had a deep understanding of the dangers and abuses of rule by an aristocracy. It was so clear to them that they decided to put everything they had on the line to fight a long and bloody war to overthrow the British colonizers. They also understood how important it would be to put in place the means to prevent any new aristocracy from ever seizing…