On March 6, 1860, Abraham Lincoln remarked , "When one starts poor, as most do in the race of life, free society is such that he knows he can better his condition; he knows that there is no fixed condition of labor, for his whole life." Later that year, he was elected to the presidency.
President Lincoln’s words in that speech showcased the American value of upward mobility. In sharp contrast to other western nations of the time, the United States was not married to a traditional caste system. Because of this shared ethos, the United States was — and […]
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Author, The Way Back: Restoring the Promise of America Frank Buckley is a Foundation Professor at Scalia Law School at George Mason University, where he has taught since 1989. Previously he was a visiting Olin Fellow at the University of Chicago Law School, and he has also taught at McGill Law School, the Sorbonne, and Sciences Po in Paris. He received his B.A. from McGill University and his LL.M. from Harvard University. He is a senior editor of The American Spectator and the author of several books, including The Once and Future King: The Rise of […]
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Social Stratification Social Class Sociology Cartography Geography Feminism Exploring United States Politics Poverty Percentages across America (slide 2 of 7; sources on slide 7) [click on this image to find a short clip exploring the rising levels of economic inequality in the U.S. and the persistent belief of Americans that their country is relatively equal] See more Nonfiction Amazon Com Wealth Books To Read Buy Books Joseph The O’jays At The Top All Over The World In this NPR podcast, Joseph Stieglitz discusses his book "The Price of Inequality: How Today’s Divided Society Endangers Our Future. " In it, […]
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tarquingemstone/Flickr Considering that Stockholm is among the five fastest growing regions in Europe, according to the City of Stockholm , it is fair to say the city’s housing situation is urgent.
Housing policies dating from earlier decades established a system in Stockholm, where people only gain access to rental apartments (with capped prices) by registering in a queue, and waiting for an apartment allotted by the Stockholm Housing Agency.
The intention was to make sure that everybody, not only the wealthy, could afford to live in central Stockholm.But as the city has grown in size, the queuing times have become longer.Gradually […]
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President Donald Trump delivers remarks at American Center for Mobility in Ypsilanti, Michigan on March 15, 2017. – At his Tuesday press conference in New York, during which he discussed the recent violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, President Trump spoke about his theory on how to overcome America’s racial divides. He said, "We have many companies, I say pouring back into the country. I think that’s going to have a huge, positive impact on race relations. You know why? It’s jobs. What people want now, they want jobs. They want great jobs with good pay and, […]
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Composite image, includes image by SIphotography / iStock / Getty Images Plus, St. George News OPINION — Is Utah the home of the American Dream? For many yes, for others undoubtedly no. But on a number of quantitative measures, Utah comes closer than any other state.
The essence of the American Dream is that someone born poor can, with hard work and a little luck, become affluent or at least reasonably well off.
In a detailed and highly technical paper titled “ Where Is the Land of Opportunity ?” Raj Chetty of Harvard University and the National Bureau of Economic Research […]
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Why are Americans less likely to move to better opportunities than they used to be? The Wall Street Journal reports: When opportunity dwindles, a natural response—the traditional American instinct—is to strike out for greener pastures. Migrations of the young, ambitious and able-bodied prompted the Dust Bowl exodus to California in the 1930s and the reverse migration of blacks from Northern cities to the South starting in the 1980s. Yet the overall mobility of the U.S. population is at its lowest level since measurements were first taken at the end of World War II, falling by almost half since its […]
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Why has the President’s own top economic officials written to him to veto the granting of universal free clean air? In a similar vein, why have economists been against the granting of free tertiary education as they were adamantly so (and still are) in a previous epoch? Are economists such an insensitive lot who care more about saving taxpayer money than helping others to breathe?
Subsidies can make sense under certain situations. Society loses if perfectly healthy individuals with no trace of genetic malformations and disease cannot avail of clean air because they can’t afford it. But after […]
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Are Singapore workers unsatisfied with their employers because their expectations are too high?
A new Mercer study found that Singapore workers are less engaged and satisfied with their employers than the rest of the world .
The findings are worrying, as Singapore was ranked overall in the bottom three of Asia-Pacific countries, alongside South Korea and Japan.Of top concern is the fact that employee engagement levels in the Southeast Asian country have been on a downward slide over the last few years, contradicting the growing trend seeing globally.But how seriously should these figures be taken?According to the study, the lower levels […]
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Madrid, Spain – May 2, 2010: Sleeping homeless man on a sidewalk near cafe in central Madrid. Bumble Dee / Shutterstock.com The topic of income inequality is not new, but it is increasingly dominating academic and policy conversations . When French economist, Thomas Piketty, wrote a 704-page tome on income inequality in 2014 it sold out quickly. How could a massive book on such a technical concept generate so much popular interest? Piketty tapped into some deep and growing concerns that Americans have about income inequality. Is the large gap between the rich and poor in the United States […]
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