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Dangerous Dynasties and Blood Ties:

The merits of nepotism and meritocracy

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This Debate

Theodore Dalrymple, Edward Mortimer, Peter Tatchell. Samira Ahmed hosts.

From the Murdochs to the monarchy, blood ties remain important in our supposedly meritocratic society. Is this the natural order of things essential for a cohesive culture? Or is inheritance of wealth and position an inequity that should be eradicated?

 

The Panel

Samira Ahmed keeps order as Spectator commentator and author of Not With a Bang But a Whimper, Theodore Dalrymple, economist and diplomat Edward Mortimer, and campaigner Peter Tatchell debate the importance of blood ties.

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  • Theodore Dalrymple
    The Pitch
    Meritocracy cannot be achieved
  • Edward Mortimer
    The Pitch
    We are who we are due to factors we cannot affect
  • Peter Tatchell
    The Pitch
    We need to strive towards equality at all costs
  • The Debate
    Theme One
    Does family matter?
  • The Debate
    Theme Two
    Is meritocract realistic or desirable?
  • The Debate
    Theme Three
    The future of the monarchy
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Kiljoy on 05/03/2013 6:16pm

On the subject of Jews and family I highly recommend the chapter on Relationships in Jonathan Sacks' The Great Partnership.

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