“To be at peace with a troubled world: this is not a reasonable aim….To be at peace with yourself within a troubled world: that, by contrast, is an honourable aspiration.

“If neoliberalism [capitalism/meritocracy] was anything other than a self-serving con, whose gurus and thinktanks were financed from the beginning by some of the world’s richest people (the US multimillionaires Coors, Olin, Scaife, Pew and others), its apostles would have demanded, as a precondition for a society based on merit, that no one should start life with the unfair advantage of inherited wealth or economically determined education. But they never believed in their own doctrine. Enterprise, as a result, quickly gave way to rent.”

Sounds like how communism also went to pot (disclaimer: I have never taken a history class/public education fail).

Article here: http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/aug/05/neoliberalism-mental-health-rich-poverty-economy