I have taken an interest in understanding meritocracy as a power structure concept. Only the super rich can afford to send their children to prestigious educational institutions and therefore garner a huge competitive advantage over lower income strata individuals for jobs that pay the highest salaries. This becomes an instrument for the wealthy to pass on their wealth to their offspring. In addition individuals with wealth and high levels of education can afford to engage the political system in a way that benefits them in terms of tax laws, as one example, they can employ tax attorneys, lobby law makers to make laws that benefit individuals of high wealth. Essentially the wealthy get to control the rules of the game that benefit them. I think that people with left wing political views support this philosophy more than the right because they can justify this view by saying that inequality of our society is not based on race, gender, sexual preference or the other traditional ways of differentiating people. It is very righteous in their view to say that people with superior abilities deserve their wealth and get to be in command. The problem with this concept is that it compromises our system of democracy. It creates an a system where the rich are in charge of our political system. It also prevents individuals who may have been born with inherent talents and abilities from excelling because they cannot access the same institutions that give them the credentials to high paying jobs. At the same time I think the right wing political side of this equation has mishandled this situation. I think the "right" has made attempts to inflame the lower classes to respond to this situation in a way that encourages dysfunctional behavior as exemplified by the riot at the capital, I say this because I think that the driving force for the demonstrations are disinfrationized people who feel their situation is at a "dead end" . I think a significant portion of our population is in a desperate situation and if we do not respond in a rational, empathetic, strategic and non polarized way of thinking and response, we may loose everything we have aspired to be.
Steve Jobs, and even more so Apple, got incredibly wealthy because people chose to make them wealthy. People wanted their products and felt enriched by their products. We can argue the rationality of buying Apple products, but it is better to have the free choice to buy Apple products than not to have free choice.
So even though I believe that all lives matter, I can't support the organization "Black Lives Matter."