I disagree completely. In the U.S. we are suffering a deadly plague of stupid and I don't know if we'll survive it. I'm sure that meritocracy in imperfect but it must be better than the current coterie of fools.
Yet those very some folks’d tell you they are the meritocracy. If you let 'em, they'd move on to how very trying it is for them. Come to think of it, maybe it is best if we don't talk with our betters. We might get ideas above our station.