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American Dream

An Open Letter to the One Percent

Anthony W. Orlando | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics
Anthony W. Orlando

You worked hard for that money. No one can deny that. You have been rewarded for your talent, your intelligence, your risk-taking, your creativity, and your good fortune. The notion that you should change a system that has worked so well must seem downright stupid.

Meet the Woman Who Accidentally Explained Poverty to the Nation

Linda Tirado | Posted 01.24.2014 | Politics
Linda Tirado

Coming up with enough money that you are comfortable is the real American dream, and it is one that the people I am used to don't believe in as much as hope hard for. I have spent my life on the margins due to my own actions and an equal amount of things that I cannot control.

The New American Story in a Letter to an Ex-University President: Debt

Morgan Rotondi | Posted 01.25.2014 | College
Morgan Rotondi

I am now a 25-year-old woman from middle class "privilege" facing a crushing $60,000 of debt, with a 20-year loan repayment plan. I am still treading water each month, balancing multiple jobs. Is this how I am being "compensated" for my accomplishments, Mr. Reinharz?

Entrepreneurs: Heart of the American Dream

Rep. Scott Peters | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics
Rep. Scott Peters

The status quo for economic growth clearly isn't good enough. Supporting the entrepreneurial spirit is our best chance for economic progress.

Are We the Land of the American Dream, or the American Decline?

Hector Barreto | Posted 01.23.2014 | Small Business
Hector Barreto

That was a very important lesson my father taught me at a very young age -- how important it was to have a vision, have a dream, work hard and build something for your family and community.

A Thanksgivukkah Manifesto

Rabbi Mishael Zion | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Mishael Zion

A once in a century holiday is upon us. The menurkey will soon sit at the table with the pumpkin pie and the latkes. Let us not underestimate this moment for the American Jewish community. Thanksgivukkah is here.

Going Public: The American Commonwealth

Harry Boyte | Posted 01.23.2014 | Green
Harry Boyte

Civic revitalization is needed inside institutions and also beyond them, in renewing concern for the shared public world. We need to remember that the American promise is a commonwealth democracy, built and sustained by the labors of all.

RIP American Dream: Survey

The Huffington Post | Posted 10.25.2013 | Business

When asked, people can still explain how they define the American dream. The only problem is, most of them don't think they have a shot at making it c...

A Way to Address Inequality That's as American as Apple Pie

Ira Silver | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Ira Silver

Over 80 percent of the roughly $300 billion annually given to charity in this country comes from individuals. And most of this money is donated not by the celebrity philanthropists we often hear about but by ordinary people.

The Wrong Battle: Why Today's Politicians Are Fighting the Wrong Battles & Setting Us All Back

Eric Quon-Lee | Posted 12.18.2013 | Politics
Eric Quon-Lee

One of the many reasons that people are being 'turned off' by political discourse is due to the fact that it is failing to address the underlying root causes of individual dissatisfaction. Frameworks have yet to adapt to these new realities.

Death of the Dream

Barry Levinson | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Barry Levinson

We might get past the debt ceiling crisis, the government shutdown, but the future of America is clear. We are no longer the wonder of the world. We exposed our ignorance, our ugly insensitivity. We are a petty people with a government that has ceased to function.

The One Thing Everyone Wants More Than Anything

Steve McSwain | Posted 12.09.2013 | Healthy Living
Steve McSwain

What is happiness? And where is it found? And further still, if we found it, how would we know that what we found is actually it?

How Naval Ravikant Risked It All To Pull The Veil Back on Venture Capital

Ondi Timoner | Posted 12.07.2013 | Impact
Ondi Timoner

Most young startups with an innovative platform or disruptive idea face the same challenge on their path to success: Navigating the murky waters of S...

Newspaper Headlines, for Once, Capture Nearly All

Mohamed A. El-Erian | Posted 11.29.2013 | Media
Mohamed A. El-Erian

It is not often that a daily newspaper is able, in just one edition, to capture so many previously-unlikely domestic developments.

CA Bill Would Let Undocumented Immigrants Practice Law

The Huffington Post | Lydia O'Connor | Posted 09.23.2013 | Latino Voices

Sergio Garcia’s fight to obtain a California law license despite his undocumented immigrant status has reached the desk of Gov. Jerry Brown through ...

The World Needs You to Come Alive

Jacqueline Herrera | Posted 11.23.2013 | Impact
Jacqueline Herrera

I think of all my passionate, socially conscious peers who are doing data entry in a cubicle or working at a bank, and wonder what happened to their passion to change the world, to help others. I'll go ahead and take a guess: fear.

A Real War on Poverty

Nelson Davis | Posted 11.23.2013 | Small Business
Nelson Davis

Areal escape from the box labeled poverty requires several fundamentals and they all involve entrepreneurial thinking.

American Dream No More

Gregoris Kalai | Posted 11.19.2013 | College
Gregoris Kalai

Most Americans spend a good chunk of their lives busy paying dues (in both dollars and years) to institutions that were supposed to make their lives better, and often do not realize how they inadvertently have not.

Reimagining the American Dream

James Michael Angelo | Posted 11.18.2013 | Gay Voices
James Michael Angelo

I had everything I thought I wanted: a thriving career, a corporate American Express card, a boyfriend, a dog and an apartment on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. But I was still running from the feeling of never being good enough. Eventually I cracked.

The Half-Forgotten Student Debt Crisis

David Coates | Posted 11.17.2013 | Politics
David Coates

Higher education costs are not soaring out of control. What is changing is the politically-charged matter of who should bear the cost -- the general taxpayer or the individual student. There is a policy choice tucked away here behind the overall numbers, and a rather ugly one at that.

Encouraging Citizenship: A Win-Win for Businesses, Their Employees and Our Economy

Ali Noorani | Posted 11.17.2013 | Business
Ali Noorani

On this Citizenship Day, we must recognize the many benefits citizenship brings to immigrants and to our country. We are a better place when immigrants follow through, become citizens and become fully accountable in our American democracy.

What Is American?

Ryan Banfill | Posted 09.16.2013 | Impact
Ryan Banfill

When I was in high school, a fellow teenager asked me, "Why do you speak all proper and s*%t?" I have watched people stare at me as they tried to get to the courage to ask me, "What are you?" Incidentally, it's that same question my children get asked even today.

How You Can Actually Look Forward to Mondays (No, Really)

Caroline Dowd-Higgins | Posted 11.16.2013 | Women
Caroline Dowd-Higgins

Are you mopey on Sunday nights because you dread going to work the next day? If you've lost the passion for your job and feel like you are in a professional rut, it's time to take stock and assess what you really want out of your career.

It's a Soap Opera Running an Airbnb With My Thrifty New England Husband

Cynthia Dill | Posted 11.13.2013 | Women
Cynthia Dill

No one likes to lose and nobody wants their losses hung out to dry. Last November, I did both when I ran for the United States Senate. It wasn't just losing the election. That was no surprise. It was losing by so much. The magnitude was sobering.

Laurie Erdman: How Do We Create More Prosperity?

Laurie Erdman | Posted 11.09.2013 | Business
Laurie Erdman

I believe the American Dream of prosperity is not lost, yet it's been shrouded in "rugged individualism" gone awry. Prosperity is not found in every man or woman for themselves, fighting over the sales items at Ross.