Views July 2017 Devil Take the Hindmost By Jack Trotter Hell is a meritocracy. Yet in America the meritocratic ideal is universally applauded. Everyone agrees—or pretends to agree—that the angel of justice smiles upon the triumph of merit. To read the full article, please sign in or create a free account to view Chronicles content for 30 days. Jack Trotter Jack Trotter writes from Charleston, South Carolina.