Anyone who believes this drivel about 'western' democracies being a 'meritocracy' is either a dupe or is part of the group who wants you to believe it's one (and needs to keep repeating it to themselves constantly).
Does it help to have skills? Definitely, will you being more skilled than the CEO's offspring bring you further in life than said offspring? No chance in hell.
Idiocracy in real life. And people are wondering why the planet is such an ffing mess.