“America holds onto an undemocratic assumption from its founding: that some people deserve more power than others.”Yup.
Those "some" are people who went to the right schools. They live in New York City, Boston, and D.C., and also inhabit a few State capitols. They are usually being endlessly fluffed and pleasured by others who buy ink by the barrel and would really, really, like to deserve more power--but won't get it.
But in reality, they only think they are 'deserving.' We let them think that for a while, then we elect Donald Trump.
In fact, long before the NYTimes staffers figured out that their diapers really do stink, a fellow named Eric Arthur Blair wrote a well-known book using the quoted thought as a leitmotiv.
But a reminder, boys and girls of the Times: pigs get slaughtered. That was the chapter in Blair's book that didn't get published. You don't want to be part of that chapter, do you, boys and girls??