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Meritocracy is ruining America, says pundit Chris Hayes
Meritocracy is ruining America, says pundit Chris Hayes

Chris Hayes, an editor at large of The Nation and host of the talk show bearing his name on MSNBC, was raised in a working-class neighborhood but attended some of the most exclusive schools on the planet. "I grew up in the Bronx," says the affable, 33-year-old anchor of "Up With Chris Hayes." "My mother was the daughter of an Italian deli owner. But I'm also hugely a product of the meritocracy, and for that reason I have my own affection for it." Both experiences provided fodder for his much-discussed first book, "Twilight of the Elites: America after Meritocracy." The third chapter deals with the author's background as a student at New...

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