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From 4.00pm every other Tuesday from 14 September to 7 December.

28 September to 7 December on Zoom
14 December In person meeting at Canonbury Tavern, 21 Canonbury Place, London N1 2NS (tbc).

28 September (Zoom): ‘Winners and Losers’ and ‘Great because Good’  (Chapters 1 & 2)
12 October (Zoom): ‘The Rhetoric of Rising’ and ‘Credentialism’ (Chapters 3 & 4)
26 October (Zoom): ‘Success Ethics’ (Chapter 5)
09 November (Zoom): ‘The Sorting Machine’ (Chapter 6) 
23 November (Zoom): ‘Recognizing Work’    (Chapter 7)
7 December (Zoom): ‘Conclusion: Merit and the Common Good’  (Chapter 8) and 57 min. audio interview of Adrian Wooldridge by Yascha Mounk called Saving Meritocracy from The Good Fight (
14 December (in-person meetup): at Canonbury Tavern, 21 Canonbury Place, London N1 2NS. Reflection on what we have learned in this slow book group. Do we want to do another one?


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