Dictionary.com: Meritocracy; A system in which advancement is based on individual ability or achievement.
The Blog Herald: Meritocracy; A system in which advancement is based on individual ability or achievement, also representative of the blogosphere and blogging, in that success is obtained irrelevant of gender, sexual preference, religion, race or geographic location and is achieved through hard work, determination, talent and naturally… merit. Denied by some who find it more valuable to promote notions of segregation as a means to promote segregation of their own flavor, whilst ignoring the fact that the blogosphere is close to a level playing field (the only restrictions on blogging being internet access and the ability to write.) Also denied and worked against by some small portions of citizens of the United States and some Middle Eastern countries, but generally not seen outside these areas.
(and yes, I am suggesting that those who push such segregation arguments on either side are not that much different to Middle Eastern extremists who have no tolerance of the West or Westerners: to quote Paul Short in a comment here: “Self segregation is segregation, no matter what your ‘€˜cause’€™ is.”)