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American Dream

The American Dream is a national ethos of the United States, the set of ideals (democracy, rights, liberty, opportunity, and equality) in which freedom includes the opportunity for prosperity and success, and an upward social mobility for the family and children, achieved through hard work in a society with few barriers. In the definition of the American Dream by James Truslow Adams in 1931, "life should be better and richer and fuller for everyone, with opportunity for each according to ability or achievement" regardless of social class or circumstances of birth.

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The Hoax that is the American Dream

Sure, there's the income gap, the rapidly growing tuition, the unsustainable healthcare policies that cripple us, the doctors, or both, etc. However, I argue that the American Dream is impossible for everyone because psychologically, it seems that there has to be someone at the "bottom". It's a cynical perspective and there are certainly exceptions, but I see it as generalized theory that applies to many real life situations.

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