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Is It OK to Be Rich?

Edward Corcoran | Posted 08.17.2014 | Politics
Edward Corcoran

The situation is worsened by the ability of the rich to skew the system to protect the flow of more wealth to the already wealthy. A complex society requires complex regulation. Ideally, laws and regulations manage the economy for the benefit of society as a whole.

An Open Letter to Graduation Speakers

Mark Olmsted | Posted 08.13.2014 | College
Mark Olmsted

We are shaming a whole generation into thinking there is something wrong with wanting a steady job, a good marriage, and perhaps some children, as if doing all those things and only making a modest living doing it somehow constitutes being a failure.

I, Welfare Bum

Abraham Lateiner | Posted 08.09.2014 | Politics
Abraham Lateiner

When I hear someone talking with disgust about people who receive public assistance, well, that person is talking about me, too. And themselves. And everyone in this country who's been able to build themselves and their families a financially-prosperous life.

Poll: The American Dream Is Dying

The Huffington Post | Kevin Short | Posted 06.06.2014 | Business

More than half of Americans think the so-called American Dream is dying. According to a new poll conducted by ORC International for CNNMoney, 59 p...

Alarming Housing Forecast Matters to All of Us

Tino Diaz | Posted 08.03.2014 | Business
Tino Diaz

Lost in the constant and unending stream of national headlines last week was a troubling bit of economic news that could negatively impact each and every one of us.

How to Succeed in Business: the First Steps

Jack Nadel | Posted 07.30.2014 | Small Business
Jack Nadel

I'll begin where the majority of successful entrepreneurs begin--"follow your passion." It may be a shopworn phrase, but this advice is as valid today for how to succeed in business as it was a hundred years ago, and it has certainly proven true for me.

Millennials as Smart, Highly-Adaptive "Reptiles"

Bob Deutsch | Posted 07.23.2014 | Business
Bob Deutsch

Recently I've been hearing a lot of interest from fashion brands, such as Macy's, and fast-food chains, such as Wendy's, concerning the state of mind ...

California Dreaming: Sterling, Chrome, Salas

Frank Islam | Posted 07.20.2014 | Sports
Frank Islam

California Chrome's story is one of a small chestnut colt that could and his owners who believed that he and they could, as well.

A Cultural Reverie on the New 9-11 Memorial Museum

Bob Deutsch | Posted 07.13.2014 | Media
Bob Deutsch

The lower Manhattan site has been cleaned up and a new mega-skyscraper has risen from the rubble. Not yet so for the American psyche.

On Mother's Day, Giving Women What They Really Deserve

Rep. Steve Israel | Posted 07.11.2014 | Women
Rep. Steve Israel

This Mother's Day, as we celebrate the women who sacrifice so much to support their families and give their kids a chance to live the American dream, we must demand that our leaders step up to the plate and do their part to lift up America's mothers.

Challenges to the American Dream

Dean Graziosi | Posted 07.08.2014 | Business
Dean Graziosi

What is the future for the dream of homeownership these days? Actually, it may not be the fact that the dream is alive but unattainable. It may be more that the dream isn't as big a deal to the younger generation.

A Lesson in Democracy From India

Frank Islam | Posted 07.06.2014 | Politics
Frank Islam

The country is at a critical juncture. America invented democracy. For more than a half a century, our democratic republic has been the envy and role model for much of the world. That is no longer the case for a variety of reasons.

The Myth of Working Your Way Through College

Cory Brooks | Posted 07.02.2014 | Politics
Cory Brooks

I'm a young American, finishing my last year of college, looking down a road that gets bleaker every day. My family is dirt poor; people today seem to forget that in America today families still exist who don't have TV, who don't have A/C, whose electricity gets cut off regularly, and who can't afford to buy meat.

Report Card: American Exceptionalism

Chris Ernesto | Posted 07.02.2014 | Politics
Chris Ernesto

The United States thinks of itself as the greatest country in the world. Maybe even the greatest of all-time. Because of this awesomeness, it believe...

America -- The Land of Opportunity?

Bill Ayres | Posted 06.25.2014 | Business
Bill Ayres

I am more determined than ever to help build the growing movement for economic justice that is at the heart of the real American dream.

Welcome to America -- Enter at Your Own Risk

Andrew Lam | Posted 06.23.2014 | Impact
Andrew Lam

For many students from Asia, America represents opportunities of the highest order. In America they hope to become filmmakers, businesswomen, high-tech firm owner, engineers. They are rarely ever prepared for the violence, for the milk and honey to go sour.

The Only Thing We Have to Fear Is Fear Itself

Jack Nadel | Posted 06.18.2014 | 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 06.14.2014 | 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 06.08.2014 | 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 06.08.2014 | 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 06.07.2014 | 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 06.04.2014 | 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 05.26.2014 | 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 05.17.2014 | 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.