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The American Dream is a myth.
You’ve no doubt heard this before. Books (The Myth of the American Dream by D.L. Mayfield), TV shows (“Why the American Dream is a Myth” from Adam Ruins Everything), and countless, thoughtless think pieces tell us that our own dreams are worthless.
That’s right. Do the math. The American Dream is a myth. You are an American. Therefore, your own dream is a myth.
It wasn’t always this way. From the beginning, Americans believed the pursuit of happiness was an unalienable right. In the 19th century, Horatio Alger caused a sensation with his novels showing young adults achieving success through honesty, frugality, good works and discipline (avoid temptation, quit drinking, attend church).
From Dale Carnegie to Stephen Covey, modern self-help books sent the message that you have the power within you to improve your circumstances. America was a land of opportunity where a better life could be achieved through education, hard work, and sound decision-making.
Today, however, America is viewed by political elites as an obstacle to happiness. Poverty is seen as static and determinative. Hard work and discipline are no match for malign forces—corporations, Wall Street, racism—beyond your control. The goal of the Left is not maximizing success but raising the minimum wage.