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What’s Become of the American Dream?

Posted by hkarner - 9. April 2017

Date: 08-04-2017

Source: The Wall Street Journal

Part of the problem is definitional. It isn’t just about houses, cars and material prosperity.

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I want to think aloud about the American dream.

People have been saying for a while that it’s dead. It’s not, but it needs strengthening. We should start by saying what it means, which is something we’ve gotten mixed up about. I know its definition because I grew up in the heart of it and remember how people had long understood it.

The American dream is the belief, held by generation after generation since our beginning and reanimated over the decades by waves of immigrants, that here you can start from anywhere and become anything. In America you can rise to the heights no matter where and in what circumstances you began. You can go from the bottom to the top.

Behind the dream was another belief: America was uniquely free, egalitarian and arranged so as to welcome talent. Lincoln was elected president in part because his supporters brought lengths of crude split-rails to the Republican National Convention in Chicago in 1860. They held the rails high and paraded them in a floor demonstration to tell everyone: This guy was nothing but a frontier rail splitter, a laborer, a backwoods nobody. Now he will be president. What a country. What a dream.

This distinguished America from old Europe, from which it had kicked away. There titles, families and inherited wealth dictated standing: If you had them, you’d always be at the top. If you didn’t, you’d always be at the bottom. That static system bred resentment. We would have a dynamic one that bred hope. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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RICH AMERICANS LIVE 15 YEARS LONGER THAN POOR

Posted by hkarner - 9. April 2017

Date: 08-04-2017
Source: NewsWeek

Wealth and health are intrinsically linked in the United States, with rich Americans living between 10 to 15 years longer than their poor counterparts, a study has found.

A series of five papers published in the medical journal The Lancet found that a widening income gap, structural racism and mass incarceration are fueling growing health inequalities.

“The USA is one of the richest countries in the world, but that reality means very little for most people because so much of that wealth is controlled by a tiny sliver of Americans,” U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders wrote in an article introducing the research.

Sanders called for reforms to the healthcare system, which he described as “the most expensive, bureaucratic, wasteful, and ineffective” in the world. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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