The title of this post is derived from an essay at the Acton Institute Power Blog. The argument is familiar. It is clearly a favorite of Senator Rubio’s. “Inequality tells us nothing about fairness. But the availability of opportunity does.” How someone can see the systemic effects of inequality as not affecting opportunity befuddles me. But let’s think with such proponents for the time being.
On their own terms, the American Dream is at best wishful thinking for most. An article in Scientific American last week documents the exaggerated sense of social mobility possessed by American citizens. Take a look at the book, The Meritocracy Myth, to grasp the nexus between inequality and resulting social immobility.