As Taylorian principles have brought us new aims of mediocrity, excelling becomes suspect, unquantifiable, threatening. 

Grease and vicious posturing, first impressions and b-list trust families, pull and leverage are all. This separates Jeffersonian meritocracy from Euro-Marxists’ capital class. Which one is the degradation product of the other?

If quality becomes obliterated, only mediocrity is normative.