It is therefore somewhat amazing that the last 40 years of experience, and the trillions and trillions of dollars spent, have done nothing to alleviate poverty. Which begs the question, have anti-poverty programs supported by Republicans and Democrats for decades been a colossal failure?
I know Americans take pride in Google, Apple and similar-minded companies that rule their respective domains; but as for consumer goods, less and less are being made here. What do you consider a unique all-American gift?
Unfortunately, the inevitable social explosion that their grasping for unlimited political power and even greater concentration of income and wealth than presently exists will produce collateral damage and unpredictable outcomes.
They called him a hero. The most esteemed banker of his time. The captain who could steer the ship while others foundered. Now the truth is out, and Wall Street's golden boy, Jamie Dimon, has fallen to earth with a thud. Why did it take so long?
Language matters. So why is the sustainability community still stuck on the images of reduction such as "zero," "low carbon," "energy efficiency" or "350"? Isn't it time we started using more emotional vernacular like "sexy," "unique" and "comfy"?
I am in a limbo that I never knew existed until I was knee-deep in it. Certainly, it was never in my life plan to be, well... without a plan. The jump from student to CEO (or first female president as my younger brother used to say) didn't happen as seamlessly as I had imagined
For dreamers like me, working for someone else is not fulfilling. I felt stuck in the endless cycle of work/eat/sleep ... and I had gotten sidetracked in my search for success. On top of that, my Peruvian genes started to kick in.
Everyone tells you to listen to your heart. Follow your dreams. Don't ever give up on pursuing what you really want, your deepest desires. Express your innermost self! Become your authentic you, and live your unique life.
In December of 2010, the DREAM Act, a bill that would provide a pathway to citizenship for those who came here at a young age, came excruciatingly close to passing. The DREAMer community was devastated. I sat down to write my film Dreamer the following month.
To Yuen Yuen, the 11-year-old Chinese girl who hosted me, I am a beautiful American girl, a concept that she probably picked up from Katy Perry or Teen Vogue. If she wants the California of sun-kissed skin and Daisy Dukes, I'll give it to her.
Possession of a college degree today is as important as holding a high school diploma was a century ago. Today, undergraduate education should be open to all those academically qualified -- and at no cost. Public education must be truly public up at least through the bachelor's degree.
In the present debate about gun control in the US, both sides consistently fail to push the analysis deep enough. Debate stays mired in superficial questions such as whether every child should carry an assault rifle to school.
I love full-timers, but being a generation younger than most of our on-the-road peers puts us into another category -- young, full-time RVers -- and that comes with its own set of rewards and challenges.
There's a little of Christopher Dorner, without the violence, in all of us. That terrible loss of faith in this country expressed in Dorner's manifesto, and experienced daily by many disgruntled Americans these days, is the true state of our union.
President Obama will give his State of the Union speech on Tuesday evening. And while the state of our economy may be improving and the state of our standing in the world strong, if he is truly honest he should admit that the state of our union is not where it should be.
The American dream is not dead. It has just changed. It has just grown and is now stretched in various eclectic directions. Maybe America wants a pet fish or a loft in the industrial district. Maybe America wants a cabin in Maine with a record player and a stripper pole.