The American Dream is dead. It's happened so slowly without real media coverage that the majority is clueless. What happens next?

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“Study By MIT Economist: U.S. Has Regressed To A Third-World Nation For Most Of Its Citizens” Does the “normal” U.S. citizen know this? Why not?
by Yossarian Johnson

America divided – this concept increasingly graces political discourse in the U.S., pitting left against right, conservative thought against the liberal agenda. But for decades, Americans have been rearranging along another divide, one just as stark if not far more significant – a chasm once bridged
America divided – this concept increasingly graces political discourse in the U.S., pitting left against right, conservative thought against the liberal agenda. But for decades, Americans have been rearranging along another divide, one just as stark if not far more significant – a chasm once bridged by a flourishing middle class.
Peter Temin, Professor Emeritus of Economics at MIT, believes the ongoing death of “middle America” has sparked the emergence of two countries within one, the hallmark of developing nations.
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In his view, the United States is shifting toward an economic and political makeup more similar to developing nations than the wealthy, economically stable nation it has long been.
Temin applied W. Arthur Lewis’s economic model – designed to understand the workings of developing countries – to the United States in an effort to document how inequality has grown in America.
The parallels are unsettling. As noted by the Institute for New Economic Thinking:
In the Lewis model of a dual economy, much of the low-wage sector has little influence over public policy. Check. The high-income sector will keep wages down in the other sector to provide cheap labor for its businesses. Check. Social control is used to keep the low-wage sector from challenging the policies favored by the high-income sector. Mass incarceration – check. The primary goal of the richest members of the high-income sector is to lower taxes. Check. Social and economic mobility is low. Check.
Temin describes multiple contributing factors in the nation’s arrival at this place, from exchanging the War on Poverty for the War on Drugs to money in politics and systemic racism. He outlines the ways in which racial prejudice continues to lurk below the surface, allowing politicians to appeal to the age old “desire to preserve the inferior status of blacks”, encouraging white low-wage workers to accept their lesser place in society.
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“We have a structure that predetermines winners and losers. We are not getting the benefits of all the people who could contribute to the growth of the economy, to advances in medicine or science which could improve the quality of life for everyone – including some of the rich people,” he laments.
The antidote, as prescribed by Temin, is likely a tough sell in today’s political climate.
Expanding education, updating infrastructure, forgiving mortgage and student loan debt, and overall working to boost social mobility for all Americans are bound to be seen as too liberal by many policy makers.
Until the course is changed, he warns, the middle class will continue to fade and America will remain unsustainably divided.
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5 thoughts on “The American Dream is dead. It's happened so slowly without real media coverage that the majority is clueless. What happens next?

  1. Yes, we should be clear any “American Dream” was never about what material you possess but about freedom from government interference in your life, but yes clearly its dead.
    Now we know why the left is so hellbent on convincing youth they are just “privileged” anyways; it needs the next generation to lower its standards.

  2. “Until the course is changed, he warns, the middle class will continue to fade”
    1960 – 1980: Heavy Industry EXPORTED
    1070 – 1990 Light Industry EXPORTED
    1970 – NOW Manufacturing EXPORTED
    1990 – NOW R&D EXPORTED
    Please do not tell me there was no PLAN behind all of this. The little guy derived very little benefit from the trillions involved it ALL went to the big guys. Yeah we did get a lot of Chinese junk we mostly do not need.
    Each and EVEY one of these jobs must and will come back. Tariffs are just the start.

  3. it was coined in 1931 and referred to upward mobility in society. the govt has always kept a certain percentage of americans down. the dream is hope but in a corrupt society such as ours hope always dies eventually.

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