According to a US journalist, Alan Friedman, The American Dream is propaganda and is not a reality anymore. Currently, the United States has one, if not the highest levels of income inequality among other developed nations. It is one of the worst in offering equal opportunities for advancement. The income inequality is not just the result of market forces, but of politics and policies.
Friedman recently wrote a book, “This is not America” describing the inequality in American Society. “If you are a woman, a black individual or a poor white, the American dream does not exist for you. The story of the American dream was possibly true during the 50’s and 60’s where anyone could come in and make it big in America. Today, the American dream is more propaganda than reality,” said Friedman.
Friedman stated that America is a deeply divided nation where 13 percent of the population live below the poverty line and is wrecked by racism. “In the Mississippi Delta, there are places which are far worse than slums of Mumbai. There are food deserts for miles where people eat only chips and Coke and survive on less than $4 a day. They live in the hope that (Donald) Trump may be able to transform their lives,” said Friedman.
You might wonder what experiences are Americans having that have given them this outlook. Could it be that Americans are not able to pay their bills? Do they have to cut back on food, or the food they usually buy? Do they have to put off seeing a doctor due to high co-pays, or deductibles? Can they afford to get their medication from the pharmacy? Have they lost a job? Can’t find a job? Or working for minimum wages?
There are a lot of insecurities in the U.S. today, and they aren’t necessarily confined to the poor anymore. The middle class is feeling the heat, as well.
Friedman adds that politicians like Trump were able to capitalize on the social problems of the poor to fuel his political growth and that he was not the right man for the job.