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American Dream

Land of Opportunity to Barren Wasteland, Part 2

Robin Lewis | Posted 07.01.2013 | Business
Robin Lewis

Capitalism's founder Adam Smith's "invisible hand" is indeed invisible to most of society. However, that invisible hand now belongs to big business, finance and government -- to whom it is very visible indeed.

11 Million Reasons to Reform Our Broken Immigration System

Javier Sierra | Posted 07.01.2013 | Green
Javier Sierra

During an interview with a Florida radio station about the dangerous working conditions for undocumented Latino workers, the story of one of the listeners who called in got us all on the edge of our seats.

Land of Opportunity to Barren Wasteland

Robin Lewis | Posted 06.26.2013 | Business
Robin Lewis

Think about three million empty, decaying and devalued houses following the leveraged-up mortgage crash of 2008. And what about the jobs lost, and spike in the number of people living below the poverty line?

Jack Kerouac, Come Home

Peter Weddle | Posted 06.25.2013 | Parents
Peter Weddle

We are responsible for giving our kids their faith in America's open road. It's our job to authenticate the feasibility of their dream -- one that is even better than ours -- and we have not done so.

For Immigrant Women, the American Dream Is Alive and Well

Fiona Citkin, Ph.D. | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Fiona Citkin, Ph.D.

The European mass media overemphasize American materialistic pursuits and the bigger-the-better mentality. Yet, many successful American women immigrants know better than to be sucked in by this simplistic image.

Don't Want to Be the Model Minority for the American Dream

Erika L. Sánchez | Posted 06.16.2013 | Latino Voices
Erika L. Sánchez

I don't want to be anyone's token Mexican. I was lucky that pieces of my life were aligned in such a way that I was able to pursue my goals. Success doesn't just happen -- it's a delicate recipe that requires certain ingredients to work. You can't overcome the system when you're not a part of it.

America in Denial

Joan Z. Shore | Posted 06.16.2013 | Politics
Joan Z. Shore

It's a sobering lesson of history that all the great empires -- including the Roman, Ottoman, Austro-Hungarian, Soviet (and yes, even the British) did not fall apart from foreign invasion, but from their own over-expansion, hypocrisy and corruption. This, I fear, is the future of the American Empire.

The Return to America

Maria Rodale | Posted 06.15.2013 | Travel
Maria Rodale

I'd never been out of the country for three weeks before. I missed my kids like crazy and was happy to come home. But I'd be lying if I didn't tell y...

A Rising Economic Tide Lifts All Boats

Rep. Paul Gosar | Posted 06.09.2013 | Politics
Rep. Paul Gosar

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?

American Gifts, Chinese Hands

Hani Almadhoun | Posted 06.02.2013 | World
Hani Almadhoun

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?

The Super-Rich and Their Enablers Are Playing With Fire

Allan Brawley | Posted 05.19.2013 | Politics
Allan Brawley

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.

Jamie Dimon's Ultra-American Rise and Fall: The Great Gatsby Meets Moby Dick

Lynn Parramore | Posted 05.20.2013 | Business
Lynn Parramore

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?

Sustainability Needs to Move From Gloom to Hope

Peggy Liu | Posted 05.19.2013 | Impact
Peggy Liu

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"?

Graduated and Engaged, Now What?

Lauren Berninger | Posted 05.14.2013 | Women
Lauren Berninger

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

In the Search for Success: From Peru to USA and Back Again

Jorge | Posted 05.13.2013 | Technology
Jorge

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.

Following My Heart

Judy Frankel | Posted 05.06.2013 | Politics
Judy Frankel

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.

A Dreamer Realized

Jesse Salmeron | Posted 05.07.2013 | Entertainment
Jesse Salmeron

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.

Obama Must Lead

Brent Budowsky | Posted 05.07.2013 | Politics
Brent Budowsky

There was no excuse for the president to shout from the rooftops about the dangers of sequester while not doing a thing to prevent it. Americans need jobs, not spin, and leaders, not photo ops.

'Birds of Paradise Lost': A Conversation With Author Andrew Lam

Andrew Lam | Posted 05.05.2013 | Books
Andrew Lam

EDITOR'S NOTE: New America Media editor Andrew Lam has made his name as a journalist, but in his newest book, his past as a Vietnamese refugee reverbe...

Oh, Beautiful American Girl!

Sanah Imran | Posted 04.30.2013 | Teen
Sanah Imran

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.

Today's College Degree Should Be as Accessible as a High School Diploma

The University of Central Florida Forum | Posted 04.28.2013 | College
The University of Central Florida Forum

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.

Modern Arms for the Modern World

James Thornton | Posted 04.24.2013 | Politics
James Thornton

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.

Sequester Cuts Should Be Made to Fall Hardest on Tea Party Districts

Paul Abrams | Posted 04.22.2013 | Politics
Paul Abrams

Because the Tea Party types consider government spending to be evil, corrupting, dependency-producing and tyrannical, they should greet their disproportionate reduction with dancing and flowers.

The American Dream Is Dead: Long Live the American Dream

Evanne Schmarder | Posted 04.21.2013 | Healthy Living
Evanne Schmarder

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.

A Vision of Giving

Rebekah Bolser | Posted 04.19.2013 | Teen
Rebekah Bolser

I'll admit that sometimes my beliefs are questioned, but when I meet people like Mark and Ismini Svensson, I gain a little more faith in the magic of everyday life.