Unlike the leisured aristocrats of yesteryear, today’s super-rich mostly work for their money, often putting in longer hours than an increasingly redundant “working” class. Society should stop lauding these gilded workaholics, says Daniel Markovits. In The Meritocracy Trap (Allen Lane, £25; Tablet price £22.50), he says the cult of meritocracy is a con, shielding the very rich from criticism because they have “earned” their wealth.
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