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American Dream

Can Architects Fix The Suburbs?

David Glick | Posted 08.01.2011 | Arts
David Glick

On a rainy Saturday in April, black clad city dwellers descended onto the quiet streets of Levittown, NY. Completely out of their element, and disori...

Bush-wacked Americans

Diane Francis | Posted 07.29.2011 | Politics
Diane Francis

To find most of the blame for America's unsustainable fiscal situation, one need go no further than George Bush's presidency. The Bush tax cuts of 2...

American Dream Lives On Despite Rising Financial Insecurity: Survey

The Huffington Post | Maxwell Strachan | Posted 07.27.2011 | Business

Americans, despite the uncertainty of their own personal finances, continue to have faith in that well-worn concept of an American dream. In a rec...

"Idonomics" and the American Dream

Hoyt Hilsman | Posted 08.08.2011 | Los Angeles
Hoyt Hilsman

Over the past 50 years, the pleasure principle -- the id -- has dominated American society. The result has been "idonomics," in which the id dominates not only the marketplace, but also politics, media, technology and even our personal relationships.

Knowing What Matters Most

Kathleen Gurney | Posted 07.23.2011 | Healthy Living
Kathleen Gurney

We probably can't have it all. But we can have what matters most if we know what that looks like and what it will take to pull it through for ourselves and those we love.

Gary Cooper: A Father, a Man, an American

Maria Cooper Janis | Posted 07.13.2011 | Entertainment
Maria Cooper Janis

The world of today, saturated with fears of international terrorism, global ecological crises, and a glut of hardwired broadband information networks that weave connections across the entire planet is a far cry from the world that Gary Cooper left when he died on May 13th 1961.

Republicans Give Trillions to Health Insurance Companies

Ethan Rome | Posted 07.03.2011 | Politics
Ethan Rome

If the Republicans have their way and privatize Medicare, it will put millions of seniors at the mercy of health insurance companies and force them to pay $39 trillion more for Medicare coverage than they would under existing law.

Gwyneth Paltrow Is Right. We're All Jealous. (Of Her and George W. Bush.)

Keli Goff | Posted 06.18.2011 | Entertainment
Keli Goff

In an age in which America's class-divide is greater than it's ever been, our patience has simply waned for people who were born on third base and act like they hit a triple.

Survival of the American Dream: Beyond the Iraq War, Collapse of Lehman Brothers and Housing Crisis

Ryan McDermott | Posted 06.18.2011 | Impact
Ryan McDermott

The survival of the American Dream is contingent upon preserving opportunities for those affected by home foreclosure to pursue higher education.

Atlas Shrugged? Pertinent Today?

Laura Mola | Posted 06.18.2011 | Entertainment
Laura Mola

Depression, people on the streets, begging, homelessness, the end of the American Dream -- sounds like today. Well, today in the new Ayn Rand movie At...

Graduating Off a Cliff: The Millennial Generation's Fight for Its Future

Van Jones | Posted 06.18.2011 | College
Van Jones

Despite their desire to contribute to this country's greatness, Millennials may be the first generation in decades to face worse economic prospects than our parents and even grandparents.

This Passover, Liberate Yourself, Your Seder And Our World

Brad Hirschfield | Posted 06.16.2011 | Religion
Brad Hirschfield

Passover is a time of hopes and dreams. They need not be fully understood and their realization may be far off, but that is what distinguishes a dream from a plan.

Take Action on Tax Day, America

Carl Gibson | Posted 06.12.2011 | Politics
Carl Gibson

Just as the founders banded together to fight a corrupt system of taxation without representation, today's Americans must unite to drive out the enablers of our corrupt system of representation without taxation.

Republican Budget Plan Denies the American Dream

Ethan Rome | Posted 06.05.2011 | Politics
Ethan Rome

The GOP's budget breaks the fundamental promise of this country: That if you work hard and play by the rules, you can take care of your family and retire with dignity and peace of mind.

Government By the Rich: Is This the American Dream?

John W. Whitehead | Posted 06.04.2011 | Politics
John W. Whitehead

It's called the American dream because you have to be asleep to believe it. -- George Carlin "There's a reason education sucks, and it's the same rea...

Cultivate Urban Students in Becoming Entrepreneurial

Randy Miller | Posted 06.01.2011 | Education
Randy Miller

Many of our urban students express that they feel marginalized and shut out from the "American Dream. Why are we not teaching them to become more entrepreneurial?

"The American Dream Is Held Dear by Individuals; It Takes a Village to Ruin It."

Michael Ford | Posted 06.01.2011 | Politics
Michael Ford

The Second Annual State of the American Dream Survey released by Xavier University's Center for the Study of the American Dream shows that Americans...

Why America Slept

Reverend Billy | Posted 05.29.2011 | Impact
Reverend Billy

America was sleeping deeply, in a dream whose creators were hiding inside skyscrapers with smoked glass.

Field of Dreams: Explaining Economic Mobility Through Baseball

Mark Olmsted | Posted 05.29.2011 | Politics
Mark Olmsted

America is galloping backward to a degree of class immobility unseen since pre-World War I Europe. Almost everyone can expect to die now in the same class they were born in.

After the American Dream

Craig K. Comstock | Posted 05.28.2011 | Business
Craig K. Comstock

Over breakfast with a client who had a $90 million fortune, I asked a hypothetical question: would it decrease your motivation as an entrepreneur if i...

The People's Journalist, Bob Herbert, Steps Down at The New York Times

Pearl Korn | Posted 05.28.2011 | Media
Pearl Korn

No one will replace Bob Herbert at the Times, and that is our great loss, for his kind of journalism is a rarity. But, we will be watching and waiting to see what this journalists' journalist -- and our friend -- comes up with.

Pitchforks and Rainbows

Will Durst | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Will Durst

Liberals want to nurture the brotherhood of man while Conservatives deem this mythical brotherhood just another left wing conspiracy trying to separate them from their money.

Don't Sleep Through Assault on Workers

Rev. Jesse Jackson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rev. Jesse Jackson

The wealthiest one percent of Americans control more wealth than the bottom 90 percent. The question now is whether we can rebuild a strong middle class, or whether the budget crisis will be used to reduce it further.

Good People Brings Out the Best

Danny Groner | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Danny Groner

Frances McDormand injects the right mix of dignity and desperation into the lead role of Margie in David Lindsay-Abaire's Good People.

Country Wisdom From Tennessee: Jobs Trump Deficits

Richard Kirsch | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Richard Kirsch

If you work hard you should be able to have a home, a retirement and send your kids to college -- a simple reminder of the core of the middle class American Dream.