Essay about Death of the American Dream

1042 WordsApr 28, 20155 Pages
Death of the American Dream Flashback to the stigma of anti-Communism in the 1950s, communism places extreme emphasis on class divisions, specifically the unfair nature of the upper class’ domination of the working class. To admit class divisions was to invite revolution and socialism. So instead, we told ourselves that, in this country, class did not exist; that a free-market capitalist society permits anyone who wants to improve his socioeconomic status to do so. In his essay "Class in America: Myths and Realities" published in Re-Reading America Cultural Context (2009) Economist Gregory Mantsios believes that the American people refrain from discussing class distinctions and its impact on our lives and instead revel in the notion that…show more content…
Mantsios challenges a set of beliefs influenced by false misconceptions in which the average American chooses not to challenge its validity. It is this “common, albeit contradictory belief about the United States” that refrain the American people from discussing class distinctions and its impact on our lives and instead dwell in the notion that these differences are not relevant to American society, even with the increasing disproportion of wealth between the rich and the poor. In Mantsios essay he states his claim in Reality 1, when he writes, “Sixty percent of the American population holds less than 6 percent of the nation’s wealth” (308). Mantsios solidifies his stance on class inequality on the belief that the concept not only exists, it further explains its impact on American society in his supporting evidence, “Regressive changes in governmental tax policies and the weakening of labor unions over the last quarter century have led to a significant rise in the level of inequality between the rich and the middle class” (308). According to Mantsios, the reason income inequality exists is due to policies that benefit very few at the expense of many because of the susceptibility to Americas faulting belief in optimism. In “Income Inequality” by John Oliver, John Oliver argues the distinction of class in America is due to the widening wealth gap, “a new analysis shows the richest people, the top
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