Why is the Decline of the American Dream Greeted with such Feeble Opposition?

While enduring believers in the American Dream still exist, their numbers are dwindling. The Dream was never an ethos relevant to many people; yet a substantial number of Americans lived some form of the Dream.

An introduction and interview in Salon introduces us to Scott Fraser’s new book,  The Age of Acquiescencewhich provides us 130 years of historical perspective documenting how new public passivity is in the face of assaults on the American Dream. While the United States has never had an avowedly Socialistic political movement of any potent size, previous threats to the prevailing assumption of the ease of social mobility have been met with assertive, large-scale opposition.

What’s going on now in that regard? Why is Hillary Clinton as cautious as her prospective Republican opponents in 2016  about negatively affecting those at the apex of the wealth pyramid in the U.S.”?  Fraser’s book has an important argument to consider with respect to what differentiates our current society from those that encouraged protest when the American Dream was threatened in earlier historical eras. A companion book consistent with Fraser’s argument is Robert Putnam’s new book, Our Kids: The American Dream in Crisis


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