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American Dream

‘Why I'm Moving to Ecuador to Pursue the American Dream'

LearnVest | Gabrielle Karol | Posted 09.25.2012 | Money

What does the "American Dream" mean to you? For most people, it means if you work hard, you can raise a beautiful family, own a comfortable home, s...

America's Incomplete Thoughts About Inequality and Meritocracy

Howard Steven Friedman | Posted 09.23.2012 | Politics
Howard Steven Friedman

For the sake of America's future, I hope that America will reawaken its passion for equality of opportunity and that those who express support for this equality are not simply speaking empty words.

'Queen Of Versailles' Shows How The .001% Live

The Hairpin | Posted 07.24.2012 | Women

Ten kitchens. A bowling alley. A health spa. A full-sized baseball field. A separate wing for the children. Something that could logically be referred...

Stop Demonizing the Wealthy

Kathy Kemper | Posted 09.18.2012 | Politics
Kathy Kemper

The America I'm proud of rewards education, ambition, and work. Why should someone be embarrassed about making a seven-figure salary?

The American Myth of Social Mobility

Howard Steven Friedman | Posted 09.15.2012 | Business
Howard Steven Friedman

Regardless of political philosophy, few would argue that a society with little social mobility is a good thing. Societies in which there is little opportunity for social mobility will lack incentives for people to strive.

Bobby Ewing: An American Dream

Greg Hogben | Posted 09.15.2012 | Gay Voices
Greg Hogben

My love of American men didn't stop there. I wanted to go on wild adventures in the General Lee with Bo and Luke Duke, causing mischief and havoc all over Hazard County. I wanted to chase down criminals on motorbikes with the boys from CHiPs.

Mobilizing Millennials

Maya Enista Smith | Posted 09.05.2012 | Impact
Maya Enista Smith

As a first-generation American, I am proud to live in the greatest country on earth, and proud to be a member of a generation that believes we can be even greater -- for my son, and for all members of America's next generation.

WATCH: What It Means For Craig Newmark To Be American

Posted 07.06.2012 | Latino Voices

In honor of Independence Day, LatinoVoices and Define American bring you personal stories from all walks of life on what it means to be American. C...

WATCH: What It Means For Stephen Colbert To Be American

Posted 07.05.2012 | Latino Voices

In honor of Independence Day, LatinoVoices and Define American bring you personal stories from all walks of life on what it means to be American. S...

Tired of Chest-Thumping Patriotism

Leonard Steinhorn | Posted 09.02.2012 | Politics
Leonard Steinhorn

We are indeed an exceptional country, and we should celebrate that. But patriotism also means calling our nation out for its problems and troubles. Here are my top four patriotic criticisms of Americans that I wish a politician would articulate.

Jammed Together in Real World, We Create Room in Cyberspace

Andrew Lam | Posted 09.02.2012 | Home
Andrew Lam

All over the world the rural poor leave open sky and rolling plains to flock to the edge of the metropolis and the middle class is clinging to its precious status in the heart of cities by contending with far smaller living spaces than those of previous generations.

Patriotic Necessity Leads to American Invention: A Fourth of July Reflection

Rabbi Shmuley Boteach | Posted 09.02.2012 | Home
Rabbi Shmuley Boteach

And the necessity of taming the American wilderness bred a rugged American pioneering spirit that even today remains the envy of the world.

An Equal Opportunity for the American Dream?

Bradford Frost | Posted 07.03.2012 | Detroit
Bradford Frost

The American Dream remains elusive to generations of children born on the wrong side of the tracks, where geography, more than individual choice, is destiny. The core tenets of the nation are wobbling, and nowhere is this more true than in Detroit.

America's Real Birthday: A New Convention for Constitution Day

Dan Ross | Posted 09.02.2012 | Education
Dan Ross

For over two centuries America has been lying about her age to make herself older than she really is. If she were honest, she would have to admit that her actual birthday fell on September 17, 1787.

Why the Future Will Be American

Rob Asghar | Posted 09.02.2012 | World
Rob Asghar

Americans may slow their own path if political dysfunction continues. But with even a little adjustment, a resilient, forward-thinking and forward-moving economy will result.

WATCH: What It Means For Russell Simmons To Be American

Posted 07.16.2012 | Latino Voices

In honor of Independence Day, LatinoVoices and Define American bring you personal stories from all walks of life on what it means to be American. H...

Jon Meacham's American Dream

Robert Teitelman | Posted 09.01.2012 | Media
Robert Teitelman

Those who know something will never read it, or scoff if they do. Those who don't know or care about American history will never read it unless they're stuck in a dentist's office with a broken TV. Who does that leave?

WATCH: What It Means For Demian Bichir To Be American

Posted 07.02.2012 | Latino Voices

In honor of Independence Day, LatinoVoices and Define American bring you personal stories from all walks of life on what it means to be American. M...

WATCH: What It Means For Bob Menendez To Be American

Posted 07.01.2012 | Latino Voices

In honor of Independence Day, LatinoVoices and Define American bring you personal stories from all walks of life on what it means to be American. S...

Is the American Dream Dead? Not if We Have Something to Say About It!

Nick Bassill | Posted 08.28.2012 | Politics
Nick Bassill

Our young people and college grads need the inspiration and a renewed hope that they too have a chance that at the grass roots level, each has the opportunity to create a better life, to dream, and the possibility to create their financial freedom.

What Do You Do? Identity vs. Work, East vs. West

Andrew Lam | Posted 08.25.2012 | Healthy Living
Andrew Lam

A while back, when I was visiting my mother's ancestral village in Thai Binh province in northern Vietnam, it occurred to me that, after a barrage of questions from distant relatives, not once did anyone ask that common question in America: "So, what do you do?"

The Road to Nowhere

Kevin Jennings | Posted 08.20.2012 | Impact
Kevin Jennings

I remember graduating from high school in 1981. There was this sense of possibility, of beginning, of hope, a belief that my future was bright and limitless. Recent high school graduates in the U.S. face a far bleaker landscape.

The Unamerican States of America

Imren Johar | Posted 08.18.2012 | Teen
Imren Johar

Our history is riddled with glaring inconsistencies as our actions fail to reflect the supposed "American spirit."

This Generation Has Suffered Massive Loss Of Wealth

The Huffington Post | Khadeeja Safdar | Posted 06.20.2012 | Money

The generation known for bringing the world grunge, 'zines and slackers is, apparently, slacking. Those born between 1966 and 1975, belonging to Ge...

Will We Have Another?

Ed Crego, George Muñoz and Frank Islam | Posted 08.13.2012 | Business
Ed Crego, George Muñoz and Frank Islam

In spite of legitimate concerns about where the country stands now, we are unequivocal in the opinion that it is still the best country standing. There are opportunities for improvement, but the nation is rebuilding itself from a position of strength rather than one of weakness.