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Unformatted text preview: s that hiring is more meritocratic today than ever before. In principle, at least, we have always been a society where all people are equal; yet in the past, children of the wealthy and the well connected could expect to obtain higherstatus jobs and to receive better pay. But the laws and programs resulting from our civilrights struggles have produced a modern business climate in which jobs are available on an equalopportunity basis, and in which candidates have a legal right to be judged on the merit of their educational back ground and experience. In conclusion, education is probably the main factor in opening doors to success for young people in our society. The fact that education has supplanted money and property in this role is owing to a more egalitarian system of higher education, as well as to more meritbased hiring practices that generally value individual education over family fortune or connections. 13. “Responsibility for preserving the natural environment ultimately belongs to each individual person, not to government.”
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