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American Dream

Our Fight for Justice

Randi Weingarten | Posted 12.21.2014 | Education
Randi Weingarten

Change takes time. But what sets our nation apart is that, even in our darkest hours, we strive to make things better. During this week's winter solstice, we celebrate the holiday season with light as a symbol of hope.

The Future of the American Dream

Cristóbal Joshua Alex | Posted 12.19.2014 | Latino Voices
Cristóbal Joshua Alex

If November's election teaches us anything, it is that while this is a setback for the many who hoped to bring change, it is not the end of the American Dream.

Searching for the American Dream

Steven M. Gillon | Posted 12.17.2014 | Politics
Steven M. Gillon

It is very likely that generations coming of age today will abandon -- out of choice or necessity -- the Dream of consumption and replace it with their own definition. The Dream is evolving, not dying.

Generation FF: Successes, Odds and New Year's Resolutions

Fiona Citkin, Ph.D. | Posted 12.16.2014 | Impact
Fiona Citkin, Ph.D.

Multicultural women need more role models to infuse them with the American success mentality. I've interviewed one who naturally stands out.

It's Not Just the Economy, Stupid

Steven Conn | Posted 12.15.2014 | Politics
Steven Conn

Perhaps the disconnect between what the economy seems to be doing and the way people feel about it is that many don't necessarily agree that our economic condition and our overall happiness are the same thing.

Does Your Style Routine Reflect Your Dream Life?

Carol Brailey | Posted 12.14.2014 | Style
Carol Brailey

The style choices you make when you are happy just may very well reflect your dream. Does your current daily style routine reflect your dream life? It's quite simple to answer this by thinking through a few questions.

If You're an American and #CantBreathe, You May Be the Problem

Jacqui Zadik | Posted 12.04.2014 | Politics
Jacqui Zadik

We are all citizens of this beautiful land, and while it has some glaring flaws, to condemn her for this act with statements of anarchy is the real injustice. To create chaos with the trend #icantbreathe (even worse, #crimingwhilewhite) isn't finding a solution to our problem, it's igniting a rebellion that doesn't need to be there.

Revisiting the Land of Opportunity

Wray Herbert | Posted 12.06.2014 | Science
Wray Herbert

Fewer and fewer Americans, including many middle-class Americans, believe that they can even preserve their existing standard of living -- or that their children will do any better. But how accurate are these perceptions?

Thankful for an Income, Hoping for Equality

Nick Desai | Posted 11.27.2014 | Politics
Nick Desai

As most of us prepare to feast on a cornucopia of lovingly prepared foods, I am acutely aware that the basic necessity of a living wage eludes millions here in America and billions more around the world. For those mired in wretched poverty, Thanksgiving is just another Thursday where they try to eek out just enough to survive.

Surreal Collages Are Basically 1950s Advertisements On Acid

The Huffington Post | Priscilla Frank | Posted 11.24.2014 | Arts

In the 1950s, the American Dream was the picture perfect image of domestic bliss, often including immaculate aprons, high heels, piping hot ham and pe...

Revealed: Rising Inequality Kills American Jobs

Lynn Parramore | Posted 11.21.2014 | Business
Lynn Parramore

Barry Z. Cynamon and Steven M. Fazzari are exploring how the massive debt which led to the Great Recession, the spending collapse that followed, and the stagnation that persists are all linked to income inequality. In this interview, they discuss what their findings mean for America.

We Are the Most Unequal Society in the Developed World... And We Don't Know It

Les Leopold | Posted 11.25.2014 | Politics
Les Leopold

In 1965, for every dollar earned by the average worker, CEOs earned 20 dollars. By 2012, that gap mushroomed to 354 to one. But, when asked in the survey, Americans grossly underestimated this gap.

A Dream to Pursue

Bill Halamandaris | Posted 11.11.2014 | Healthy Living
Bill Halamandaris

On Nov. 19, 150 years ago, Abraham Lincoln delivered the Gettysburg Address. It is one the most remarkable, if not the most remarkable, speeches in A...

10 Lies We Need To Stop Telling Ourselves

Kimanzi Constable | Posted 11.08.2014 | Healthy Living
Kimanzi Constable

We have listened to self-limiting beliefs for far too long. It's time to get real with ourselves and stop settling in life. We only get one life to live and these beliefs are keeping us from truly living it. Here are 10 lies that hold us back in life.

Clinton's Time Is Now

Brent Budowsky | Posted 11.05.2014 | Politics
Brent Budowsky

If and when she announces her candidacy for president, I suggest she express her resolve to bring full employment with fair wages to America, and announce a working group including Nobel laureates and leading economic thinkers to develop bold ideas to make full employment happen.

What NOT To Do When Starting A New Business After 50

Buck Wargo | Posted 10.30.2014 | Fifty
Buck Wargo

The allure of starting a business is strong. That's part of the American dream for many, especially those in their 50s and older who are looking to leave their lifelong jobs in the corporate world or retire from a small-to-midsize company. The reality is that 27 percent of start up businesses fail within the first year and are at continued risk after that first year.

Thinking About Opening a Restaurant? Read These 5 Tips First

Piero Selvaggio | Posted 10.29.2014 | Small Business
Piero Selvaggio

The restaurant business is full of risks and challenges. But the payoff can be incredible. Being in the restaurant business will require long hours, dedication and perhaps even luck -- but you'll find yourself meeting extraordinary people and creating magical moments night after night.

The American Dream Can Only Be Fulfilled If Our Top Students Have the Opportunity to Attend Our Top Colleges

Michael R. Bloomberg | Posted 10.29.2014 | Education
Michael R. Bloomberg

A problem in higher education is not that poor and middle-income students lack the credentials to gain acceptance at top schools; many are highly-qualified. But they are not applying for a myriad of reasons -- starting with sticker shock.

Early Influences Can Open Up the Future

Jack Nadel | Posted 12.23.2014 | Small Business
Jack Nadel

Entrepreneurs not only provide us with critical innovation and keep us at the forefront of global markets, they also create ways to gain financial independence. So why has the percentage of start-ups in the U.S. dropped significantly in the last 35 years?

Next Time Someone Says 'White Privilege Isn't Real,' Show Them This

The Huffington Post | Kevin Short | Posted 10.21.2014 | Business

Think white privilege doesn't exist in America? Consider just how much the color of a child's skin changes his or her odds of escaping poverty later in life.

On Having an Accent in America

Andrew Lam | Posted 12.16.2014 | Impact
Andrew Lam

It's as if I am back in my seventh grade English class and forced to read a passage from some book out loud. I can still hear the snickering from my classmates as I stumbled over difficult passages, not understanding a word.

The Number One Question We Should Be Asking Low-Income Students

Isa Adney | Posted 12.15.2014 | College
Isa Adney

One of the faculty who had worked with an elementary school where the teachers visited the homes of each parent shared how they start each meeting with a simple, yet profound question: "What are your hopes and dreams for your child?"

Derek Jeter's Career: An American-Dream

Ted Papadopoulos | Posted 12.03.2014 | Sports
Ted Papadopoulos

In a time when baseball's reputation had been damaged by players posting statistically-fattening numbers and shattering long-standing records because of juiced-up cheaters, Derek Jeter managed to always play the game the right way while maintaining consistency throughout his career.

The Three Million Manav March: Why Indian-Americans are Giving Prime Minister Modi a Rock Star Welcome at Madison Square Garden

Vamsee Juluri | Posted 11.26.2014 | Politics
Vamsee Juluri

Mr. Modi's arrival in New York comes at a moment when a sense of civilizational renewal is powerfully in the minds and hearts of Indians in India and the diaspora.

What's Driving Americans Out of the Country?

Ella Jameson | Posted 11.25.2014 | Money
Ella Jameson

While leaving the U.S. may never be an issue of economic survival, the new economic climate is making it a much more tempting option than ever before.