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American Dream

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.

Why I Keep Raising Hell

Rep. Charles Rangel | Posted 03.26.2014 | New York
Rep. Charles Rangel

When thousands of men and women work full time but need food stamps to put food on their tables, when they can't get health benefits, when they can't get paid sick days, then we must do whatever we can to stand up for them.

Where The American Dream Is Dead And Buried

The Huffington Post | Jillian Berman | Posted 01.23.2014 | Business

If you dream of one day pulling yourself up by your bootstraps to become the next Bill Gates, there are some places in America where it's somewhat eas...

My Hot Dog Adventures

Steve DiFillippo | Posted 03.23.2014 | Business
Steve DiFillippo

Is your business your mistress? Is it a long-awaited hot dog in fat camp? If not, maybe it's time to find out what is.

The War on Poverty 50 Years Later -- Time to Focus On Youth

Mark Edwards | Posted 03.17.2014 | Impact
Mark Edwards

Nearly 6 million young people in the United States are floundering, unable to secure a meaningful foothold in either school or work. 20 percent of them live in poverty, numbers that soared since the Great Recession and have remained stagnant.

Dear Me on My Deathbed

Bino A. Realuyo | Posted 03.16.2014 | Healthy Living
Bino A. Realuyo

There are some of us who, because of our cultural backgrounds, are expected to walk certain paths even if we cast nary a shadow there. And we continue walking on these life paths even if we don't see the light.

Health Care and the Stalling of Immigration Reform

American Anthropological Association | Posted 03.10.2014 | Politics
American Anthropological Association

Too often, farm workers like Abelino are hurt as they work to provide fresh food for the rest of, sacrificing their own health for ours. What's more, they rarely seek medical care in the U.S. because they can't afford to miss work. These hardworking people deserve health care.

Meet Your Plutocrats!

Sean McElwee | Posted 03.08.2014 | Politics
Sean McElwee

In America, where you end up is increasingly tied not to your own drive, talents, and perseverance, but to being born with the right last name.

Actualizing the American Dream: What If Wise People Ran the Country?

John Amodeo, PhD | Posted 03.04.2014 | Politics
John Amodeo, PhD

What freedoms? Well... your freedom to remain poor -- and get sick and not afford health care. Your freedom to remain in the rat race of pursuing the American dream with a questionable chance of actualizing it.

Ryan Grim

Viral Poverty Blogger Closing In On Book Deal

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan Grim | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics

Linda Tirado is in the final stages of securing a book deal based on her essay about poverty that went viral in November, Tirado and her agent, Mollie...

Fixing the Economy Through Collective Bargaining

Dale Hansen | Posted 03.04.2014 | Politics
Dale Hansen

The reality is that there are fewer rich people in the US then many would have you believe and regardless of effort the majority of those that make it big already had a seat reserved by their parents before they got there.

Remembering the Needy All Year

Ira Silver | Posted 03.02.2014 | Impact
Ira Silver

People feel compassion toward the needy around the holidays and are motivated to make donations before the tax year ends. This spike in giving between Thanksgiving and the New Year is a double-edged sword.

A Big Year for 'Big Bill'

John G. Taft | Posted 03.01.2014 | Politics
John G. Taft

In case you hadn't noticed, there was a resurgence of interest this past year in my great-grandfather, William Howard Taft, 27th President of the United States and the only President also to serve as Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court.

The Meaning of a Decent Society

Robert Reich | Posted 02.18.2014 | Politics
Robert Reich

Although it's still possible to win the lottery, the biggest lottery of all is what family we're born into. Our life chances are now determined to an unprecedented degree by the wealth of our parents. That's not always been the case.

White Men and Their Guns

Leonard Steinhorn | Posted 02.16.2014 | Politics
Leonard Steinhorn

Perhaps we are asking the wrong questions in our national gun control debate. The issue is not whether we should have gun control laws in this country -- or what they should be.

If You Want the American Dream, Go to Finland

Blake Fleetwood | Posted 02.13.2014 | Politics
Blake Fleetwood

The American dream --- the notion of equal opportunity for all, the chance to pull yourself up by your boot straps and make something of yourself --- is gone.

Why a Climate Activist Fasted Nine Days for Immigrant Families

Tom Weis | Posted 02.10.2014 | Politics
Tom Weis

As someone who believes all social justice issues are interrelated, here was a chance to take a stand in defense of families being torn apart by an immigration system that flies in the face of our nation's immigrant history, and the bedrock American value of justice for all.

Street Wars: The Secret Life Of Street Food Vendors

Steve Mariotti | Posted 02.10.2014 | Home
Steve Mariotti

Always smiling and engaging with customers, it is hard to believe these men face a constant and frequently dangerous battle: competing with other food vendors.

Most Of Us Fear 'American Dream' Is Dead, Want $10.10 Minimum Wage

The Huffington Post | Jillian Berman | Posted 01.23.2014 | Business

The American Dream is dying and saving it may require some help from lawmakers, according to a significant share of Americans. About 64 percent of...

Rebuilding a Political Economy of Hope

Henry A. J. Ramos | Posted 02.09.2014 | Politics
Henry A. J. Ramos

What most Americans seek and deserve is not unreasonable. They want a renewed social contract -- a national agreement and practice that rewards honest, hard work. I suggest an approach called the American Invest for Success Program.

'American Dream' More Alive In Canada Than U.S., In 2 Charts

The Huffington Post | Maxwell Strachan | Posted 01.25.2014 | Business

Welcome to America, land of the free, home of the high intergenerational earnings elasticity. What’s that, you say? You don’t know what interg...

The American Dream, Compared

Fiona Citkin, Ph.D. | Posted 02.08.2014 | Business
Fiona Citkin, Ph.D.

Compared with the European and Chinese dreams, the American Dream is alive, evolving, and shining. However, we must honor all its four components: reducing it to only economic prosperity and thus presenting US-Americans as primitive fame-and-fortune hunters is unfair.

Does Your Neighborhood Suck?

Marquis Cabrera | Posted 02.03.2014 | Impact
Marquis Cabrera

How are children supposed to "want it, work for it and fight for it" when they don't even know it exists?