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If you just returned America to the sort of socially liberal country it was say ...under Nixon that would be a substantial step in the correct direction. It is saddening that such a bold move doesn't figure in Obama's ambitions.

It is not GDP, which tends towards promoting average income, so much as the median income that matters. The USA, and to a lesser extent UK, has indulged wealth capture to a staggering extent. The feelgood factor about their country that most current wage earners inherited from their parents, which was founded on a much more egalitarian and meritocratic worldview, has blinded them to reality. Which is that every opportunity their parents enjoyed has been stripped away, yet still they believe in the land of opportunity etc etc.

America have to recognise the "American Dream" as a propaganda intended to serve the purposes of the elites to the detriment of the rest of the population.

keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Sat Jan 3rd, 2009 at 11:39:19 AM EST
America have to recognise the "American Dream" as a propaganda intended to serve the purposes of the elites to the detriment of the rest of the population

Yes. But it's tough to relinquish a cherished illusion.
One way that myth of American upward mobility is maintained is by keeping Americans in a state of blindness about the real social and economic victories of other parts of the world. I fear Obama's vision is pretty narrow.
And as I discuss in my comment below, the window of acceptable discourse in the US school system has become very narrow.

Capitalism searches out the darkest corners of human potential, and mainlines them.

by geezer in Paris (risico at wanadoo(flypoop)fr) on Mon Jan 5th, 2009 at 04:44:38 AM EST
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Did the "American Dream" start as propaganda or was it co-opted?
by Colman (colman at eurotrib.com) on Mon Jan 5th, 2009 at 05:11:40 AM EST
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I don't think that it was co-opted. My sense of it is that it was a dream of exploitation from the git-go for the majority of citizens.

paul spencer
by paul spencer (spencerinthegorge AT yahoo DOT com) on Mon Jan 5th, 2009 at 10:54:14 AM EST
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