In terms of pushback, I would offer two points.
1. The best critiques of meritocracy usually come from those with extreme merit.
2. I wish the book had been more Hegelian. One could well have written a book called *The Twilight of the Non-Elites*, for instance:
“Can’t you’all have some better schools? It’s not mainly about money, rather a school is a collection of parents and children.”
“Get married. And stay married.”
“You didn’t have to falsify your income on that mortgage application; isn’t that a felony?”
“It’s your fault you ended up in jail, don’t blame the elites.”
And so on. What’s interesting about today’s scene is that both “Twilights” seem correct.