I think it more apropos to simply say that although the US is not a pure meritocracy, it is quite possible for people to “pull themselves up by their bootstraps” if the definition of the term is modest.

Data Driven Econophile. Muslim, USA born. Been “woke” 2x: 1st, when I realized the world isn’t fair; 2nd, when I realized the “woke” people are full of shit.

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