Along the way, Americans have wreaked havoc on people and planet. Its an understatement to say the Madison Avenue version of The American Dream hasnt worked out too well for most Americans. The results here strongly suggest that its not going to work out better for people elsewhere.
The original version of The American Dream, however, was inspired by The Declaration of Independence and laid out by James Truslow Adams in his 1931 book, The Epic of America. It’s a “dream of a land in which life should be better and richer and fuller for everyone, with opportunity for each according to ability or achievement…It is not a dream of motor cars and high wages merely, but a dream of social order in which each man and each woman shall be able to attain to the fullest stature of which they are innately capable, and be recognized by others for what they are, regardless of the fortuitous circumstances of birth or position.”
So, where did Americans go wrong? And, can we get back on track?