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(Spiegel)   Economist Joseph Stiglitz:"The American dream has become a myth"   (spiegel.de) divider line 250
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2012-10-03 02:21:14 AM
"His first personal experience with the issue came when, as a young boy, he asked why his nanny wasn't caring for her own children."

The same reason your car mechanic isn't working on his own car, and your doctor isn't operating on himself. They have jobs.
 
2012-10-03 02:21:46 AM
What? The magic negro was supposed to fix all this. Right? Right?!
 
2012-10-03 02:26:01 AM

Poo_Fight: What? The magic negro was supposed to fix all this. Right? Right?!



I bet you have a lot of negro friends
 
2012-10-03 02:26:22 AM

unyon: NewportBarGuy: Bullsh*t! With luck, determination, and some intelligence you have the best chance to make something of yourself in this country than anywhere else.

3 years ago I was making just a few bucks more than minimum wage. Now I have an awesome job, got promoted 3 times and have more money than I ever had in my life and the future looks nothing but bright. I did all this and all I have is a sh*tty associates degree. Working on a Bachelor's (still) but I'll get that eventually.

The American Dream is still alive and well. Just scale it back a bit. I can't emphasize luck enough, though. Luck plays a HUGE part in life. Call it fate or whatever, but that sh*t is real. It's that combined with showing up and giving everything you've got.

I respect Joe, but he's wrong. This is still an amazing country filled with amazing people capable of awesome things. Yes, the economy is tough right now. We all know that. We've been through it before. We'll come out the other side and we'll move on as we always have.

Good for you. But "the best chance to make something of yourself in this country than anywhere else"? The evidence doesn't support that.

I assume that we're gauging that on one's ability to be upwardly mobile. Income elasticity in the US now falls near the bottom of industrialized nations. If you want to gauge someone's ability to succeed, the best predictor in the US is actually parental income. If you're truly interested in being the land of opportunity, you'll take your collective heads out of your asses.

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There's a lot going on in income elasticity and it's easy to read too much into it. The greater the wealth disparity, the farther you have to go to change quintile, and the US is near the top in disparity among industrialized nations. Our poor tend to be poorer (thanks to almost no safety net) and our rich tend to be richer.

I'm not saying what the conclusions are from a more complete look at the problem, but simply looking at quintiles isn't enough. Especially since wealth can be created, and the fact you can fall easier in the rest of the world isn't exactly something to brag about.
 
2012-10-03 02:27:02 AM

NewportBarGuy: Bullsh*t! With luck, determination, and some intelligence you have the best chance to make something of yourself in this country than anywhere else.

3 years ago I was making just a few bucks more than minimum wage. Now I have an awesome job, got promoted 3 times and have more money than I ever had in my life and the future looks nothing but bright. I did all this and all I have is a sh*tty associates degree. Working on a Bachelor's (still) but I'll get that eventually.

The American Dream is still alive and well. Just scale it back a bit. I can't emphasize luck enough, though. Luck plays a HUGE part in life. Call it fate or whatever, but that sh*t is real. It's that combined with showing up and giving everything you've got.

I respect Joe, but he's wrong. This is still an amazing country filled with amazing people capable of awesome things. Yes, the economy is tough right now. We all know that. We've been through it before. We'll come out the other side and we'll move on as we always have.


Luck is a huge part. Just knowing what opportunities are available is huge.
 
2012-10-03 02:28:15 AM

intelligent comment below: Poo_Fight: What? The magic negro was supposed to fix all this. Right? Right?!


I bet you have a lot of negro friends


Of course he does, and he can count the number of times they have been in his house.
 
2012-10-03 02:28:47 AM

DamnYankees: Ennuipoet: Has become? Joseph the country was founded by rich, white, slave holding aristocrats who restricted suffrage to their class. It was always a myth. The economic elite have always given up just enough change to keep them from being hauled to an execution site in a cart.

Bingo. We had a brief period in the years between WWII and Vietnam where both the economy and social freedom was increasing for pretty much everyone. Other than that, the American Dream has always been only partially true for only a part of the population.


People think the game is fixed. It isn't, but neither does it have to be. The table is tilted, and that's enough. I don't know when the rich figured that out, but at some point, the top class realized that just a slight tilt is all it takes to virtually guarantee they stay on top.
 
2012-10-03 02:33:09 AM

intelligent comment below: Poo_Fight: What? The magic negro was supposed to fix all this. Right? Right?!


I bet you have a lot of negro friends


I think "magic negro" is what his mom called black tar heroin when she was pregnant.
 
2012-10-03 02:33:26 AM

intelligent comment below: david_gaithersburg: It will always be a myth for the lazy.


Says another uneducated poor angry conservative troll


Awww. You mad lazy bro?
 
2012-10-03 02:34:22 AM

Fano: intelligent comment below: Poo_Fight: What? The magic negro was supposed to fix all this. Right? Right?!


I bet you have a lot of negro friends

Of course he does, and he can count the number of times they have been in his house.


Whatever, I'm going to throw another vote his way in the blind hope that doing MORE of what HASN'T WORKED will miraculously correct everything just because of his skin color.

It's the truth and you know it.
 
2012-10-03 02:37:45 AM

vygramul: intelligent comment below: Poo_Fight: What? The magic negro was supposed to fix all this. Right? Right?!


I bet you have a lot of negro friends

I think "magic negro" is what his mom called black tar heroin when she was pregnant.


I you can't make a legitimate point, try to be funny.
 
2012-10-03 02:39:04 AM

ShannonKW: GORDON: Man On Pink Corner: It must drive people like Stiglitz apeshiat when someone actually does make something of themselves in this country.

A million immigrants are too busy working hard and getting ahead to read the article.

Once they're sent back to Mexico for good, everyone will have a job opportunity (as well as a weight loss opportunity) and the economy will rebound. That done, a large segment of the US population will suddenly become financially secure and attractive enough to fark. This in turn will greatly stimulate the nightclub and sex industry while increasing the demand for party drugs.

The recently deported Latinos will thrive in this environment resulting in a corresponding vast expansion of recreational drug production south of the border. The masses of newly qualified American agricultural laborers will find it more remunerative to pick cannabis for pesos than lettuce for dollars, and will flock to the new dope plantations. This will anger native Latinos who are edged out of jobs by Gringos, and they will demand that working visas be tightly controlled which in turn will result in pushing the work under the table, and there will ensue a lethal hemorrhage of wages back to families in the US.

The already brittle Latin governments will cave under the fiscal pressure and come completely under the thrall of the dope plantations while the US economy will bloom under the double miracle of exporting their unemployment and receiving big, taxable remittances from abroad for zero investment in infrastructure. The DEA will be repurposed to providing security for drug producers (lending a new and gratifying meaning to the phrase, "Drug Enforcement Agency") the Juárez Cartel will gain a seat at the U.N., and 2/3 of the posting members of Fark will find something better to do with their time than crapping at strangers in politics threads.

In short, Utopia.


8.8/10
 
2012-10-03 02:39:21 AM

Fano: The last time America had a revolutionary spirit, it ended with half the south burned. And those revolutionaries were tards.


I still wouldn't mind starting over, how about you?

Aussie_As: Weighing into something I know fark-all about (well hey this is Fark), and not commenting on the economics of it at all, in democracies government and the people aren't really different, no matter what politicians try to claim when they're desperate to win votes. On major policy matters, as I think your suggesting is needed here, the solutions are more likely to come from academics, business and community leaders than politicians (preferably all three working together). Historically, the military has also had a role in the US but perhaps are best left out these days.


You might be right about that. Where I live, unemployment still hovers around 9%. Various business and community leaders have recently formed a think tank for finding ways to re-stimulate job growth, though it's hard to say yet how well it'll serve the people vs. how well it'll serve themselves. I've heard rumors of bringing in lots of minimum wage factory jobs to make it seem like we're booming with new jobs. Oh boy, let the fun times begin.
 
2012-10-03 02:42:30 AM

david_gaithersburg: intelligent comment below: david_gaithersburg: It will always be a myth for the lazy.


Says another uneducated poor angry conservative troll

Awww. You mad lazy bro?



Exactly. Everyone is poor dumb and lazy except you, the perfect human being.
 
2012-10-03 02:43:09 AM

Poo_Fight: Whatever, I'm going to throw another vote his way in the blind hope that doing MORE of what HASN'T WORKED will miraculously correct everything just because of his skin color.



What hasn't worked? Go into details.
 
2012-10-03 02:49:22 AM

intelligent comment below: Poo_Fight: Whatever, I'm going to throw another vote his way in the blind hope that doing MORE of what HASN'T WORKED will miraculously correct everything just because of his skin color.


What hasn't worked? Go into details.


notsureifyou'reserious

Cash for clunkers
Devaluing the dollar
21% real inflation
Obamacare
I can go on all night
 
2012-10-03 02:53:34 AM
In summary: MARKETING, how do it work.
 
2012-10-03 02:55:07 AM

david_gaithersburg: notsureifyou'reserious

Cash for clunkers
Devaluing the dollar
21% real inflation
Obamacare
I can go on all night



1) helped save the auto industry and got more higher emission standard cars on the road
2) important to compete with global companies
3) notsureifyou'reserious
4) yes 0bamacare is a huge benefit, lowering costs and insuring tens of millions more

By all means, keep going on. This is amusing
 
2012-10-03 02:56:26 AM

sethen320: Oh, ok. Thanks for the intelligent discourse.


And thanks so much to YOU for adding your copious, inane bullshiat to this thread.
 
2012-10-03 02:57:41 AM

david_gaithersburg: intelligent comment below: Poo_Fight: Whatever, I'm going to throw another vote his way in the blind hope that doing MORE of what HASN'T WORKED will miraculously correct everything just because of his skin color.


What hasn't worked? Go into details.

notsureifyou'reserious

Cash for clunkers
Devaluing the dollar
21% real inflation
Obamacare
I can go on all night


Oooh, talking points! Tell me more, my computer doesn't get Fox News.
 
2012-10-03 03:02:51 AM

david_gaithersburg: intelligent comment below: Poo_Fight: Whatever, I'm going to throw another vote his way in the blind hope that doing MORE of what HASN'T WORKED will miraculously correct everything just because of his skin color.


What hasn't worked? Go into details.

notsureifyou'reserious

Cash for clunkers
Devaluing the dollar
21% real inflation
Obamacare
I can go on all night


Hahaha, you're cute. A complete idiot, but still kinda cute. Go be an ignorant dumbass somewhere else though. Hey, if you'd rather have a psychopathic religious nut who believes in magic underwear leading the country, that's your choice. It is a completely retarded choice that speaks volumes about your own inability to engage in rational and objective thought, but its all yours.
 
2012-10-03 03:09:01 AM
The myth is that hard work or making something worthwhile will get your your American Dream.

The reality is that if you bullsh*t the right people well enough you can become a millionaire - even President if you want! - without ever having produced a thing of value in your life.

Worked for Obama and Bush, and it can work for you, too!
 
2012-10-03 03:09:11 AM

2words1finger: david_gaithersburg: intelligent comment below: Poo_Fight: Whatever, I'm going to throw another vote his way in the blind hope that doing MORE of what HASN'T WORKED will miraculously correct everything just because of his skin color.


What hasn't worked? Go into details.

notsureifyou'reserious

Cash for clunkers
Devaluing the dollar
21% real inflation
Obamacare
I can go on all night

Hahaha, you're cute. A complete idiot, but still kinda cute. Go be an ignorant dumbass somewhere else though. Hey, if you'd rather have a psychopathic religious nut who believes in magic underwear leading the country, that's your choice. It is a completely retarded choice that speaks volumes about your own inability to engage in rational and objective thought, but its all yours.


You're insane.
 
2012-10-03 03:11:41 AM
Okay, I'll tell you how it works: 1. Create a perceived need. 2. Profit.

One of the biggest problems in our current social structure is the inability to distinguish between NEEDS and WANTS. Worldwide - our society has tainted almost everyone.
 
2012-10-03 03:13:51 AM

intelligent comment below: david_gaithersburg: notsureifyou'reserious

Cash for clunkers
Devaluing the dollar
21% real inflation
Obamacare
I can go on all night


1) helped save the auto industry and got more higher emission standard cars on the road
2) important to compete with global companies
3) notsureifyou'reserious
4) yes 0bamacare is a huge benefit, lowering costs and insuring tens of millions more

By all means, keep going on. This is amusing


I agree with all of these points. In my part of the world, the economic stimulus focussed on building school facilities. There were a few examples of unfortunate rip-offs but mostly it delivered decent community infrastructure and kept the building industry from disappearing. The government here toyed with a cash for clunkers scheme idea but realised it just would have sent a lot of money off-shore rather than assist local manufacturing.

Our currency was floated in the early 80's, and this has probably been the biggest and best economic reform in Australia in the last 50 years. Our dollar settled at around US$0.60 to US$0.70 in the early nineties, then when Asia had a meltdown in the late 90's (which usually would have had a massive impact in Australia), our dollar fell further (below US$0.50 for a while) and our exporters found new markets in Europe and the Americas. Unemployment was not the problem it usually would have been, and as our trading partners recovered our unemployment rate fell to levels not seen in over a generation. Even now, although times are tougher since 2007, unemployment is not a big issue.

This wouldn't work in the US though. The economy is too big to cope with all of the effects which come from having a dollar which can halve and then double in value in the course of a decade, as ours has done.
 
2012-10-03 03:14:19 AM

intelligent comment below: david_gaithersburg: notsureifyou'reserious

Cash for clunkers
Devaluing the dollar
21% real inflation
Obamacare
I can go on all night


1) helped save the auto industry and got more higher emission standard cars on the road
2) important to compete with global companies
3) notsureifyou'reserious
4) yes 0bamacare is a huge benefit, lowering costs and insuring tens of millions more

By all means, keep going on. This is amusing


1-It cost what, $200K per car, and all it did for industry was shift demand
2-Yeah, paying $3 for a gallon of milk, and $8 for coffee is just farking spiffy.
3-wut?
4-bwahahaha!
 
2012-10-03 03:15:26 AM

Aussie_As: In my part of the world, the economic stimulus focussed on building school facilities. There were a few examples of unfortunate rip-offs but mostly it delivered decent community infrastructure and kept the building industry from disappearing



Republicans blocked this legislation
 
2012-10-03 03:21:44 AM
Such desperate arguments reminds me off....


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kab
2012-10-03 03:22:33 AM

Ennuipoet: Has become? Joseph the country was founded by rich, white, slave holding aristocrats who restricted suffrage to their class. It was always a myth. The economic elite have always given up just enough change to keep them from being hauled to an execution site in a cart.


Done in four.
 
2012-10-03 03:25:52 AM

NewportBarGuy: 3 years ago I was making just a few bucks more than minimum wage. Now I have an awesome job, got promoted 3 times and have more money than I ever had in my life and the future looks nothing but bright.


Me too.

Then I was laid off. Dwindling savings. Probably going to lose my home and everything I've worked hard for, if I can't fix this.

Keep your head up, but not all the way up in the clouds.
 
2012-10-03 03:32:02 AM

bittermang: Keep your head up, but not all the way up in the clouds.


Or all the way up another mans ass simply because it soothes your conscience to vote for him simply because he is our first minority president...
 
2012-10-03 03:38:24 AM

WhyteRaven74: NewportBarGuy: I'm pretty sure that most European countries are not seeing enviable wage growth right now

Right now, at this moment? No. But over the last 30 years? They've seen wage growth, while the US really hasn't.


We are not really seeing that much, at least not here in France. Most people don't get enough of a raise to beat inflation.
That and the idea that the socialist party that is now in power here, won partly on promises to raise taxes on the rich. the first taxes they raised were on cigarettes and beer, which predominately affect the poor.
/not alcohol BEER!
 
2012-10-03 03:39:12 AM

2words1finger: Also, future generations will look back on American-style "free market capitalism" as a failed economic experiment. Experience has shown us that it simply does not work, because it is structurally incapable of mitigating the factor of human greed while it rewards those with genuine psychopathic tendencies - particularly the lack of empathy - with success that comes at the expense of others.


You'll always have psychopaths. The economy is a better way to funnel their tendencies than war.
 
2012-10-03 03:40:09 AM

bittermang: Keep your head up, but not all the way up in the clouds.


Solid advice.
 
2012-10-03 03:41:12 AM
money movement will be the killer. As more wealth concentrates in fewer hands there is less money movement. Less money moving means economies flatten out if not stagnate. Sooner or later something has to give if the money stagnates.. usually its the heads of the elite rich that get that money moving again.
 
2012-10-03 03:49:13 AM

david_gaithersburg: $8 for coffee is just farking spiffy.


Where the hell are you getting coffee that expensive? If you mean brewed coffee, even a venti at Starbucks is under $3, and if you regular coffee, you can get it for about $8 lb. Also, you realize the government doesn't exactly control inflation and exchange rates right?
 
2012-10-03 03:54:41 AM
I think the American dream has changed.

Post wwII it was to own a plot of land and drive a decent car in an upper middle class neighborhood, maybe have a comfortable and solid career that made enough.

Now it is defined as owning a mini-mansion in a up-and-coming section of town, and becoming a multi-millionare.

Now that many of the jobs that allowed the post wwii vision are gone all that is left is the mythology of becoming that multi-millionare.
 
2012-10-03 03:58:14 AM

david_gaithersburg: 1-It cost what, $200K per car, and all it did for industry was shift demand
2-Yeah, paying $3 for a gallon of milk, and $8 for coffee is just farking spiffy.
3-wut?
4-bwahahaha!



Just as I thought, straight to the discredited a million times talking points

1) For starters I like how you claim this was an 0bama program, second, to give a hurting industry sales and better efficient cars on the road, it was worth it
2) do you have any idea why you pay that much? hint it's because of rising food and energy prices and zero to do with "devaluing the dollar"
3) "real inflation" is a great RON PAUL talking point, based on fantasy but a great one
4) I'm sure you have facts that discredit the CBO
 
2012-10-03 03:58:58 AM

Poo_Fight: bittermang: Keep your head up, but not all the way up in the clouds.

Or all the way up another mans ass simply because it soothes your conscience to vote for him simply because he is our first minority president...


Poo_Fight: bittermang: Keep your head up, but not all the way up in the clouds.

Solid advice.



sounds legit
 
2012-10-03 04:13:33 AM

intelligent comment below: Poo_Fight: bittermang: Keep your head up, but not all the way up in the clouds.

Or all the way up another mans ass simply because it soothes your conscience to vote for him simply because he is our first minority president...

Poo_Fight: bittermang: Keep your head up, but not all the way up in the clouds.

Solid advice.


sounds legit


I know, RIGHT!?
 
2012-10-03 04:20:01 AM
Not much doubt who's gonna burn in hell.
 
2012-10-03 04:25:33 AM
"The American Dream" was always a myth/marketing-slogan. It's just that people have stopped falling for it.
 
2012-10-03 04:26:50 AM

Poo_Fight: I know, RIGHT!?



So now the question is, what other user name did you think you were posting with?
 
2012-10-03 04:42:29 AM
I'd love to see the economy you people are talking about where money confers no advantage. Of course it's going to be more difficult when you start with less. There are more people with less, here, because the way we redistribute wealth has somehow gotten completely twisted, and you don't accumulate riskable capital until you're well into middle class already.
 
2012-10-03 04:43:05 AM
<b><a href="http://www.fark.com/comments/7360499/79770271#c79770271" target="_blank">Poo_Fight</a>:</b> <i>

I know, RIGHT!?</i>

<drink>
 
2012-10-03 04:44:54 AM

Buffet: Not much doubt who's gonna burn in hell.


That would be no one, because Hell was a mythical story invented to keep people in a state of perpetual fear and willing to sacrifice 10% of their gross income and fight unjust wars because white men who wear really nice ties tell them to.
 
2012-10-03 05:03:16 AM

intelligent comment below: Poo_Fight: I know, RIGHT!?


So now the question is, what other user name did you think you were posting with?


I'm glad your User name is intelligent comment below because there never seems to be an intelligent comment ABOVE when you post.
 
2012-10-03 05:04:04 AM

Fano: but what matters most are an individual's life chances


Well? Which is it? Societal trends that work at a class level, or "life chances" that work at an individual level?

No wonder economics isn't considered a hard science.
 
2012-10-03 05:12:17 AM

fredbox: Buffet: Not much doubt who's gonna burn in hell.

That would be no one, because Hell was a mythical story invented to keep people in a state of perpetual fear and willing to sacrifice 10% of their gross income and fight unjust wars because white men who wear really nice ties tell them to.


You mean like the mythical story about how republicans want to abolish Medicare/Medicaid and Social Security? Or like the mythical story that if you vote for a man out of guilt who has a certain skin color and absolutely NO experience, he can save us from the terrible path we've been on for the last thirty years?...Or like that mythical story about the one silver spoon liberal Massachusetts white broad running for congress who lied and pretended to be a native American?...

Do tell.

I VOTED FOR THAT ONE MINORITY!!! I am ABSOLVED!!!!!!
 
2012-10-03 05:38:42 AM

intelligent comment below: Poo_Fight: I know, RIGHT!?


So now the question is, what other user name did you think you were posting with?


Exactly.

Poo_Flinger is just somebody's threadshiatting troll alt. Into the ignore bin it goes.
 
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