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Olivier Faure shattered the “myth of equal opportunity” as well as the merit which, according to him, has become obsolete. Another Republican principle flouted.
By Said Mahrane
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VSIt is no longer “deconstruction”, but destruction. In our treasures inherited from the establishment of a republic resides an essential principle which has ended up, over time, gaining unanimity, on the left, of course, but also on the right: merit. It was the end of legitimacy drawn from blood, from a noble class or label.
Merit derives from an effort, an overcoming, a commitment, which is, ultimately, the main way of having control over one’s destiny. Work as the only standard, which determines access to a social position. In Latin, merit means gain. It is an equalizing answer, a republican answer. And, as for democracy, we can judge that it is the least worst of the lifting systems.
In Marseille, during the Congress of So…