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The Only Thing We Have to Fear Is Fear Itself

Jack Nadel | Posted 04.18.2014 | Business
Jack Nadel

When President Franklin Delano Roosevelt gave his first inaugural address on March 4, 1933, he was advising an anxious nation that fear itself was the...

Boston Marathon Bombing Anniversary: A Meditation of Life in Exile

Andrew Lam | Posted 04.14.2014 | Impact
Andrew Lam

For years I've had this dream: Sometimes I'm a bird, other times I'm fully human. Always it's a dive into the ocean. Bird, me as a child, as an adult -- no matter, in the dream, it's straight to the bottom I go. With bloody fingers, with a scratched beak, I try to excavate, to retrieve something hard to see.

Rawls in the Real World

Elisabeth Mason | Posted 04.08.2014 | Politics
Elisabeth Mason

More than 40 years after he published his seminal work A Theory of Justice, the debate continues about the logic and desirability of subscribing to his worldview. We need debate no longer: we should all be Rawlsians now.

Field Trip to the American Dream

Andrew Cotto | Posted 04.09.2014 | Latino Voices
Andrew Cotto

In the end, I believe, we learn that the American Dream is far more complicated than most people imagine and that, often, it is defined by the courage of individuals who are not officially American.

America's Promise is Possible

Shirley Franklin | Posted 04.07.2014 | Impact
Shirley Franklin

As a young woman I thought by the 21st century the hard work of ensuring social and economic justice for all Americans would be done.

Me, My Hometown and Mr. Gatsby

Bill Stieger | Posted 04.04.2014 | Books
Bill Stieger

Great writing achieves an effect that no movie can: It's a world built of language and the reader's imagination, where it remains as real as the money you either have, or don't.

Funny Girl Celebrates Its Golden Jubilee: A Russian Girl's Love Letter

Tinatin Japaridze | Posted 03.26.2014 | Entertainment
Tinatin Japaridze

I knew that over those past two hours, I had experienced a certain, je-ne-sais-quoi, "lightbulb" moment that would impact my life in more ways than one.

Malcolm Gladwell: People Are Empowered By Their Lack Of Power

The European | Malcolm Gladwell | Posted 03.20.2014 | World

Malcolm Gladwell has written a book about power and the people who challenge it: "David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling G...

Keeping the American Dream Alive

Madeleine M. Kunin | Posted 03.17.2014 | Politics
Madeleine M. Kunin

Regardless of where they come from immigrants are drawn to American for almost the same reasons that brought my family to this country.

Saint Patrick's Day and the Other American Dream

Boria Sax | Posted 03.14.2014 | Religion
Boria Sax

But Saint Patrick's Day is not really about history, religion, or even Ireland; it is about the "other" American dream. Like the dream of building a new and better life, this one is a product of the immigrant experience.

How Grief Connects Us: Even in the U.S. Senate

John Amodeo, PhD | Posted 03.14.2014 | Politics
John Amodeo, PhD

What if it suddenly dawned on our leaders that in any given moment, millions of our family members -- our American family -- are experiencing a similar vulnerability or trauma?

Cadillac Made A Commercial About The American Dream, And It's A Nightmare

The Huffington Post | Carolyn Gregoire | Posted 02.27.2014 | Healthy Living

There are plenty of things to celebrate about being American, but being possessed by a blind mania for working yourself into the ground, buying more s...

Russianette Comes to NYC

Tinatin Japaridze | Posted 02.25.2014 | New York
Tinatin Japaridze

They say if you manage to stick around through the most critical period -- initial two years -- as a foreigner in New York, there's no going back.

Hiding Behind the Suburban American Dream

Nicole Dash | Posted 02.25.2014 | Women
Nicole Dash

Why did I spend my entire 20s so obsessed with the next thing? Why did I HAVE to check off all these "accomplishments" on my list so quickly?

The Secret To Really Achieving The 'American Dream'

Blake Kernen | Posted 02.25.2014 | Teen
Blake Kernen

In case you're in need of a little more evidence that The American Dream is alive and well, here's this.

An Anthropologist Looks at the United States

American Anthropological Association | Posted 02.21.2014 | Impact
American Anthropological Association

We need to look in the mirror, or be remembered as living in a mirage.

Pushing the Positive, Nay-Saying the Negative

John O'Kane | Posted 04.18.2014 | Politics
John O'Kane

Time appears to be running out on Obama's long-term plan for progressive change. So it's no surprise, according to polls, that many Americans are pretty jaded about "hope and change," his original brand from 2008.

Individualism or the Common Good? We Need Both

Brian Gallagher | Posted 04.16.2014 | Impact
Brian Gallagher

Individualism is clearly important. Achieving the American dream has always been rooted in hard work and individual attainment. Upward mobility and long-term prosperity requires each of us to take ownership of our success.

The Disappearing American Dream

Gregory Bernstein | Posted 04.16.2014 | College
Gregory Bernstein

Countless Americans continue to rise out of poverty, seize opportunities and provide for themselves and their families in ways which were unimaginable to their parents or grandparents. Nonetheless, it is becoming harder to achieve this economic mobility and success.

Obama and the GOP Present Two Very Different Paths to Opportunity for All

Richard Kirsch | Posted 04.05.2014 | Politics
Richard Kirsch

There are powerful similarities in the story of the American Dream that both Obama and Republicans express, particularly as Republicans increasingly see that they must speak to Americans who are being pushed out of the middle class and struggling to stay out of poverty.

A Dream From My Father: Do What You Love

Andrew Chau | Posted 04.02.2014 | Business
Andrew Chau

I fundamentally believe that the DWYL mentality is constructive and positive when used properly.

The Hunger Games: Super Bowl XLVIII

Courtney McKinney | Posted 04.02.2014 | Sports
Courtney McKinney

This is where the American dream meets reality.

Interview With Ross Klavan, Author of Schmuck

Loren Kleinman | Posted 04.01.2014 | Books
Loren Kleinman

"The connection between the writer and his characters is a weird one, I think. You have only yourself to work off of, so obviously you're making characters out of different aspects of yourself, different experiences, memories, dreams and wishes."

Attending the SOTU as a Miami Student DREAMer

Mayra Rubio Limon | Posted 03.31.2014 | Latino Voices
Mayra Rubio Limon

My name is Mayra Guadalupe Rubio Limon and I am a dreamer. When Congressman Joe Garcia (D-FL) asked me to join him at the 2014 State of the Union I was thrilled because I knew it would give me a chance to tell my story, and that of the 11 million others that have one just like it.

America Needs to Reclaim Status as 'Land of Opportunity'

The University of Central Florida Forum | Posted 03.31.2014 | College
The University of Central Florida Forum

If America really is the "land of opportunity," then it is only fair that everyone truly should have equality while on life's endeavors. Sadly, however, when I reflect on the evolution of our great country, I don't believe we are the land of promise we once were.