The end of the American Dream?

The American Dream?

”You have to be asleep to believe it,” said deceased comedian George Carlin once in a quote that has become well-known.

Check out how the American union movement today looks at this dream in the midst of tough negotiations about this country’s economic future!  It is hard to tell the story simpler and better than in this three-minute video called “The End of the American dream?” made by “Change to Win,” a coalition of trade unions created to reclaim the American Dream.

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2 thoughts on “The end of the American Dream?

  1. Cool vid and post, but I don’t know if you can say outright the American Dream is dead or dying, because it is defined at an individual or family basis.
    The American Dream, to me, is instilled in us all at a young age. The exact definition varies from person to person. For me it was a set of stages/steps in life.
    1. Graduate High School
    2. Graduate University
    3. Get a job
    4. Find a wife
    5. Have kids
    6. Get a house

    7. Finally retire

    I don’t know if the entire American Dream is dying or certain people’s definitions are dying, but I do know certain aspects are becoming much more difficult to obtain.
    Purchasing a home is more difficult than ever and often times (depending on location) less realistic than renting. Leaving University and finding a job is much more difficult now (something like 40 percent of people 20-25 who recently graduated are un/underemployed)
    I discuss this fanatical pursuit of The American Dream and just how realistic and even detrimental this chase can be for us as individuals and as a society in my blog Fleeing The American Dream.

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