I wasted another opportunity in class on Tuesday (the other one is here). I didn't want to waste a lot of time pontificating becuase thats not what you guys care about right now, but for a moment we talked about what you have to do to get a job at Goldman Sachs and I said the answer was simple: Graduate with a 4.0 GPA at Harvard.
There is something deeply wrong with this system, though. These "supermeritocrats" as Mike puts it do essentially control the country, but they do it for their own benefit. A friend of mine who works in the city's budget office has a slightly different take on the supermeritocrats. He works with a lot of Ivy League types and his biggest complaint is something I've found both disturbing and oddly gratifying. To quote: "They aren't exactly independent thinkers."