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American Dream

Wanted: Americans to Rebuild the Dream

Pam Spritzer | Posted 11.06.2011 | Politics
Pam Spritzer

Another Labor Day has passed, but the jobs crisis is far from over. What can we do to salvage the American Dream for the millions of hardworking people for whom life has become a nightmare of struggle and insecurity?

Immigrating for the American Dream

Joe Kutchera | Posted 11.02.2011 | Latino Voices
Joe Kutchera

Immigrants have sailed to American shores for centuries to escape persecution, create economic opportunity, and pursue the "American Dream." They bring an extraordinary hunger to succeed and a strong belief in our flexible economic system.

A New Voice for Asian Americans

2morrowknight | Posted 10.24.2011 | Home

Eighty years ago, in his best-seller The Epic of America, historian James Truslow Adams coined the phrase "American Dream." He defined it as not merel...

Liberal Ad Campaign: GOP 'Killing The American Dream'

Sam Stein | Posted 10.24.2011 | Politics
Sam Stein

WASHINGTON -- Progressive angst over the Obama administration has not necessarily abated since the signing of the debt ceiling deal in early August. B...

Van Jones: Want Jobs? Rebuild the Dream

Sarah van Gelder | Posted 10.19.2011 | Politics
Sarah van Gelder

Few progressives look to Obama or the major parties for leadership in restoring the middle class and transitioning to a green, just economy. Instead, many are returning to building people's movements. Van Jones is one of them.

Tony & Janina, Chasing the American Dream... Again

Ruth Leitman | Posted 10.11.2011 | Politics
Ruth Leitman

I met Tony and Janina Wasilewski on the worst day of their lives -- June 6th 2007. Janina had just exhausted her final stay of deportation and was ordered to deport from the US back to Poland. In 48 hours, she was to leave her life and family in America behind.

Hola: Introducing HuffPost LatinoVoices

Arianna Huffington | Posted 10.11.2011 | Latino Voices
Arianna Huffington

These are really challenging times for millions of Latinos. But as an immigrant to this country I know that the immigrant spirit and resilience that are at the heart of the American experience can help us all overcome whatever obstacles lie ahead and truly move mountains. READ MORE Dispatches From the Changing American Dream: Expanding the National Conversation: Our politicians have chosen to narrow their imaginations, but they can't narrow ours. Even if we can't control how Washington responds to our problems, we still have control over how we respond to them. READ MORE

Feliz Cumpleaños Luis Olmo!

Miguel Ferrer | Posted 10.10.2011 | Latino Voices
Miguel Ferrer

While Luis Olmo's accomplishments did not change the world in one big bang, they contributed to changing America for the better. And this is what the American Latino experience is all about; what it has always been about.

Rebuilding the Dream of Homeownership for People of Color

Algernon Austin | Posted 10.08.2011 | Business
Algernon Austin

A healthy economy and smart financial regulations are necessary for rebuilding the dream of homeownership for African American and Latinos. We know what steps are needed to get there. The question is: will our political leaders take them?

Taking Ownership of the American Dream

Michael Steele | Posted 10.04.2011 | Black Voices
Michael Steele

African-Americans' 21st century reality is simply this: it's time to stand for something different. The debate we're having is no longer productive. It's time for solutions that come from us, from within our house, our family and ultimately our community as a whole.

WATCH: Arianna Discusses 'Sugar Babies' On 'TODAY'

Posted 10.03.2011 | Women

This morning on the "Today" show, Arianna Huffington talked to anchor Ann Curry and psychiatrist Gail Saltz about the phenomenon of young women strapp...

The Robin Hood Effect

Peter Samuelson | Posted 10.02.2011 | Impact
Peter Samuelson

I spend a lot of time persuading people that selflessness can be selfish. Arguing self-interest in philanthropy may seem like an oxymoron, but it is often the difference between success and failure in fundraising.

Lighting a Few Bright Candles

Peter Samuelson | Posted 10.01.2011 | Impact
Peter Samuelson

Continuous observation suggests that leaving vast sums of money to one's kids is to place a curse on their heads that will more likely challenge than nurture them. So what does one do with the rest?

Enough Already!

Gary Shapiro | Posted 09.30.2011 | Business
Gary Shapiro

Enough already! Americans want our political leaders to stop fighting and cut a debt limit deal. While Americans are concerned about jobs, our leaders...

Why Democracy Is Public: The American Dream Beats the Nightmare

George Lakoff | Posted 09.27.2011 | Politics
George Lakoff

The democracy of care, shared responsibility, and trust is the democracy of the American Dream. The "democracy" of no care, no shared responsibility, and no trust has produced the American Nightmare that so many of our citizens are living through.

Immigration and Birthright Citizenship: Constitutional and Personal Narratives

Elizabeth B. Wydra | Posted 09.26.2011 | Politics
Elizabeth B. Wydra

A Better Life show that the dreams of immigrant parents for their children, and the struggles of such children to forge their own identities, are not just Latino, Asian, European, or African immigrant stories. These are American stories.

The American Dream: Latest Edition

Michele Weldon | Posted 09.13.2011 | Home
Michele Weldon

The American Dream has become a muddled enterprise. Tossed around in campaign rhetoric, some label it a political notion. Others connect it to financial prosperity and the equation of education plus job plus home-ownership.

The Teacher and the American Dream

Esther Wojcicki | Posted 09.11.2011 | Education
Esther Wojcicki

If most of our thought leaders agree that the teacher is the key and the relationship of the teacher to the students is also key, why we are not doing much more to support teachers?

A Fourth of July Miracle

Charlie Carillo | Posted 09.03.2011 | New York
Charlie Carillo

Fourth of July. In Douglaston, Queens this was the day of the annual athletic competition. For some masochistic reason I entered these events every Fourth, and got clobbered time and again by the neighborhood kids.

USA 3.0

Harry Shearer | Posted 09.02.2011 | Politics
Harry Shearer

We're three trillion dollars down, the latest reports say, in trying to -- to what? Protect ourselves? Export freedom? Make the world safe for our oil interests? It's hard to know. This America would be impossible for the Founders to recognize.

Back to Where We Started

Mike Lux | Posted 08.31.2011 | Politics
Mike Lux

235 years ago, the Continental Congress in Philadelphia voted to declare independence from Britain. Then as now, the debate raged over equality and democracy and the nature of tyranny.

Celebrating Independence by Seeking to Regain It

David Coates | Posted 08.31.2011 | Politics
David Coates

Let us, by all means, look backwards this weekend to celebrate the political courage and intellectual honesty of the first generation of independent Americans. But let us also honor them by looking forward, and by showing some courage and honesty of our own.

Finally, Student Voices Enter the Discussion on Education Debt

Ben Mangan | Posted 08.29.2011 | Impact
Ben Mangan

This country stands at a crossroads with regard to the role that higher education plays. Education debt is a growing barrier to future prosperity.

Don't Default on the American Dream: Democrats Should Hold the Line in Debt Ceiling Talks

Ethan Rome | Posted 08.28.2011 | Politics
Ethan Rome

The President and Democratic Leaders obviously have a huge responsibility in the debt limit talks. But if there's ever been a time to drive a hard bargain, this is it. There's nothing irresponsible about staring down the Republicans and making them blink.

Do Our Friends' Choices Make Us Regret Our Own?

Barbara & Shannon Kelley | Posted 08.28.2011 | Women
Barbara & Shannon Kelley

Conflicts, particularly between women, have a lot to do with choices: Defending what we've chosen for our lives, and what we've chosen to leave behind.