The American Dream: downtrodden
peoples discover freedom from tyranny.
Now Americans find themselves
trapped in the tyranny of the ponerological
embrace of the materilaistic
pragmatism of manufactured
That manufactured desire includes an embrace of
American Exceptionalism - belief
that worldwide culture should mimic Greenfield Village of
Church of Ford proselytized
an exceptionalist fantasy of
manufacturing desire to
acculturate MICE culture.
populations of dying empires are passive because they are
There is a
narcotic-like reverie among those barreling toward oblivion.
retreat into the sexual, the
tawdry and the inane, retreats that are
momentarily pleasurable but ensure
They naively trust it will all work out.
As a species, Margaret Atwood observes in her dystopian novel "Oryx and
Crake," "we're doomed by hype."
Absurd promises of hope and
glory are endlessly served up by the
the political and economic elite,
the class of courtiers who pose as
gurus like Oprah and
religious belief systems that
assure followers that God will always protect them.
a retreat into magical
thinking." - Chris Hedges
"The American Dream has become what
the ruling class dreams for
The American dream has become one where you step on everyone and
everything you have to in order to rise to the top of the heap.
time to remind everyone that this is not the real American dream.
Real American Dream
a dream of a good
life for everyone, a decent job and the ability to live our lives free of other
people telling us what we can and can't do.
Most of us have no need
or desire to "have it all."
We just desire enough to live a comfortable,
simple life." - Bruce McDonald
"From Bernie Ebbers and
Jeff Skilling and the Enron
boys, to Bernie Madoff's Ponzi
scheme, to the bait-and-switch that Bush and
Cheney used to take the country into war, this was the Decade of Deception.
No deceit was more
malevolently corrosive than the fiction that this was a period of expansive
prosperity in which
significant numbers of our people were able to share in the American Dream of Financial
A tiny minority of insiders, on the other
hand, did very well for themselves.
Economists Emmanuel Saez and Thomas
Piketty report that the highest earning 0.1% of Americans accounted for 8.2% of
the country's total pretax income.
That's the highest concentration of
wealth since 1917." - Tim Rutten
"Many individuals and groups now find themselves
living in a society that measures the worth of human life in terms of
The central issue of life and politics is no longer about working to
get ahead, but struggling simply to survive.
And many groups, who are
considered marginal because they are poor, unemployed, people of color, elderly
or young, have not just been excluded from "the American dream," but have
become utterly redundant and disposable, waste products of a society that not
longer considers them of any value." - Henry A. Giroux
Many wealthy people are little more than
janitors of their possessions.
Frank Lloyd Wright
The Industrial Revolution in America was the
motivating factor for the initial corruption of the American
1868 Horatio Alger pens Ragged
Rags to riches juvenile
novels teenage boys, through studious labor,
work hard to escape poverty to
become middle class if not
Horatio Alger forged the myth of
upward social mobility in
The Psychological Price of Entrepreneurship
popular culture places too
much emphasis on the acquistion.
Moments of true value, friendly
conversation, time spent with family, enjoying the summer breeze - all
relegated to a subordinate position.
The prevalent American philosophy,
Social Darwinism, preaches that
survival of the fittest - in the
economic terms of acquisition,
manipulation of resources - is
the mark of the successful
pursuit of the American Dream.
"The Industrial Revolution
into mills, factories, and
mines, but industrial workers
could never experience the sense of satisfaction and pride that
craftsmen derived from their
Craftwork is a
mentally stimulating creative activity; operating a machine is
The best craftsmen were renowned as artists.
Some are still
renowned today: Thomas Chippendale and George Hepplewhite.
strength of Windsor chairs has never been
duplicated in a factory.
Handmade textiles, Persian rugs, even
handcrafted toys are renowned for
Today that pride and satisfaction accrues only to
hobbyists, such as quilters, but never to industrial workers.
The Industrial Revolution degraded human
life to the status of coal.
People became fuel for
cheap, people are used until unneeded and then discarded like
best attributes of human beings are suppressed to the point of extinction.
The Industrial Revolution sucked
the humanity out of the human race; people became things." - John
"We become what we behold. We shape our
and then our tools shape us." - Marshall McLuhan
Americans are constantly bombarded
by advertisements that manipulate the individuals sense of self-worth as
most people just desire a
Much of what Americans purchase are called
"positional goods" - objects whose value is measured in relation to the
purchases of other individuals.
individual becomes trapped in the hamster wheel of manufactured desire
a fine line between reality
and fantasy is bridged.
This "bridging" allows an individual,
through the use of mirror
neurons, to self-identify with
an infantilist ethos as it
favors laxity over discipline, values
childish impetuosity and juvenile
narcissism over enlightened
self-interest preferring consumption directed
This ethos feeds a
private market logic
combating the public consciousness
fashioned by a republican democracy." -
Benjamin R. Barber
American Dream for the founders of America was a
dream in which men were
free to worship,
think and live as they saw fit - the
government was not to demand submission; was not to decree morals;
was not to grant franchises and
privileges to entrenched
aristocracy; was not to encourage consumption and was not to conduct
a never ending war.
American Dream has lost all resemblance to the original dream of
Now the American Dream
is a dream of bondage in
really needs is a policy vision
which sparks community building and coöperation among its citizens
rather than instructing them to simply spend their way into the American Dream.
What Americans don't realize is in so many ways it is
in their self interest to work in
coöperation." - Mark Winston Grifith
"Studies show that
happiness rises with incomes - up to the point at which basic needs are met,
after which it stagnates as aspirations also rise with income.
Nobel Prize-winning economist and
psychologist Daniel Kahneman calls this a "hedonic treadmill." Like the
proverbial rats, we run faster and faster - and so do our aspirations - but the
bottom line is the old cliche: Money can't buy happiness." -
Andrew L. Yarrow
The American Dream is now one of
a utopian social order in which
'experience' is the ultimate goal.
"It may be too late for this year, but next year
the malls and stores can put up their real symbol of the season and
Christians alike will be able to get behind
it: a 12-foot gilded dollar sign, decorated with
credit cards and shopping bags." -
"What is the chief end of man? - to get rich.
In what way? - dishonestly if we can; honestly if we must.
is god, the one only and true? Money is god.
God and Greenbacks and
Stock - father, son, and ghost - three
persons in one; these are the true and only god, mighty and supreme." -
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