The story of ‘‘meritocracy’’ – a society that migrates wealth, status, and decision-making power into the hands of the most capable – is seductive. Rich people love the idea of meritocracy, because the alter­native is that their lion’s share is unfair, the product of luck, or, worse, cheating. But many of meritocracy’s losers love it, too. In the words of John Steinbeck, ‘‘Socialism never took root in America because the poor see themselves not as an exploited proletariat but as temporarily embarrassed millionaires.’’

Cory Doctorow on luck.

Doctorow’s piece is on reputation economies and their pitfalls, which is amusing in the way it’s always amusing when middle age men suddenly realise why being a teenage girl sucks.

Obviously, the comments are filled with people explaining why their reputation economy system that they’ve devised is so much better than all those other ones.