A guest blog I wrote on social mobility in America and the failure to live up to the American Dream
[Guest article by Robert Nielsen, Ireland]
The American Dream is at odds with reality. America views itself as the “The Land of Opportunity”, the place where if only you work hard enough you will become rich. This American Dream has been the hope of millions of immigrants who come to America’s shores. Yet this dream is slowly becoming a myth. America is turning into a rigid class society where where you come from matters as much as what you know.
Americans like to pretend that there is no such thing as class. It is often assumed that all people are the same and have the same chance in life. The only division is between the hard working and the lazy. Yet studiesshow that half of a son’s income is determined by the income of his father. This is not the American Dream of equal opportunity, but rather the nightmare of…
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