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    any champions possessing the kind of ability

    This writing seems to be comparing the capable and the incapable. So what does the writer mean by "any champions = supporter" related to the "underdog"? Someone who helps such incapable people? Or is it a metaphor for incapability?

    st15)Free competition, which was the watchword of nineteenth-century liberalism, had undoubtedly much to be said in its favor. It increased the wealth of the nations, and it accelerated the transition from handicrafts to machine industry ; it tended to remove artificial injustices and realised Napoleon's idea of opening careers to talent. It left, however, one great injustice unremedied- the injustice due to unequal talents. In a world of free competition the man whom Nature has made energetic and astute grows rich, while the man whose merits are of a less competitive kind remains poor. The result is that the gentle and contemplative types remain without power, and that those who acquire power believe that their success is due to their virtues. The underdog remains, therefore, without any champions possessing the kind of ability that leads to success.
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    Re: any champions possessing the kind of ability

    Quote Originally Posted by keannu View Post
    T Or is it a metaphor for incapability?
    There is no need to think of metaphors here. The writer is simply saying that the underdogs have no champions - definition #2 here.

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    Re: any champions possessing the kind of ability

    I was curious about what kind of people champions are in this context - I'm sorry it's because I can't understand the writing well. I guess it seems to be saying that the natural talent or ability you are born with determines your success or failure, so even if liberalism permits your to try for success unlike in times of caste system, those things can be the standard for discrimination.
    So 'champions' seem like people who can't help a failure as success comes from his or her own ability. If my interpretation is wrong, please let me know.

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    Re: any champions possessing the kind of ability

    Did you understand definition 2 in the link 5jj provided?
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: any champions possessing the kind of ability

    I read it, and I can understand it's someone who supports a group of people(in this case, the underdog), but I can't clearly imagine what kind of people they are.
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    who publicly supports or defends a set of beliefs, political goals, or a group of people

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    Re: any champions possessing the kind of ability

    Here's an example. I used to work for the Civil Service in a department which regularly dealt with people under the age of 18 who had no family here or whose family were not in a position to look after them. The department I worked for created a job called "Children's Champion". The lady who held that post was a high level civil servant and it was her job to ensure that anyone under the age of 18 was dealt with quickly, fairly and that their welfare needs were met by whichever office was dealing with that child. It had nothing to do with competition, or success/failure - she was their champion because she "championed their cause" - she ensured they got what they needed.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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