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(Spiegel)   Economist Joseph Stiglitz:"The American dream has become a myth"   (spiegel.de) divider line 36
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2012-10-02 10:10:28 PM
15 votes:
That's nothing. Eight years ago, I was a janitor at a Burger King. Then I unclogged a toilet, only to find that the blockage was a wad of Google stock certificates. Now I own a double-rotor Sikorsky full of albino tiger cubs.
2012-10-03 12:10:08 AM
6 votes:
My dream is to be balls deep in an Asian chick while a white girl licks my nuts and a Latina girl shoves her butthole in my face for me to lick. It will happen one day. It's not a goddamn myth, OK?
2012-10-03 12:20:39 AM
5 votes:

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


Yes. Truly, he preemptively spins, in anticipation of his grave, every time any lone person in the United States moves up the ladder. His broad views on class mobility in a nation of 300 million are absolutely threatened by the tiny percentage of people who do move up. Between that and the little jig he dances every time a modest fortune is wiped out or someone contracts a serious illness while uninsured, the man is literally a blur.

Well spotted!
2012-10-02 10:03:38 PM
4 votes:
1.bp.blogspot.com
2012-10-02 09:42:14 PM
4 votes:
d2tq98mqfjyz2l.cloudfront.net

/got nuthin'
2012-10-02 09:06:34 PM
4 votes:

brap: It doesn't always work.


THAT'S WHAT SHE SAID!
2012-10-03 12:03:49 AM
3 votes:
For a lot of us, the American Dream is the American Nightmare!

We didn't land on Plymouth Rock! PLYMOUTH ROCK LANDED ON US!
2012-10-02 10:07:34 PM
3 votes:

MorningBreath: does this mean I won't win the lotto?


Ah... I see we share the same retirement plan
2012-10-02 09:44:19 PM
3 votes:
Could a guy name Horatio Alger make it in this day and age?  I doubt it, but if he changed his name to Richard Steel?  By golly I believe the world could be his quivering, accepting, and moist oyster.
2012-10-02 09:12:15 PM
3 votes:
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.
2012-10-02 08:59:21 PM
3 votes:
Oh yeah, well YOUR FACE IS A MYTH!
 
- It doesn't always work.
2012-10-03 02:33:09 AM
2 votes:

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 02:17:28 AM
2 votes:

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.
2012-10-03 12:49:28 AM
2 votes:
2012-10-03 12:24:42 AM
2 votes:
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2012-10-03 12:11:28 AM
2 votes:

Atomic Spunk: My dream is to be balls deep in an Asian chick while a white girl licks my nuts and a Latina girl shoves her butthole in my face for me to lick. It will happen one day. It's not a goddamn myth, OK?


I REST MY CASE!
2012-10-03 12:04:43 AM
2 votes:
That man's wife could paint a mean looking vagina like flower.
2012-10-02 11:52:23 PM
2 votes:

coco ebert: And Obama refused to let this guy anywhere near his economic team. Sigh.


How many times have I told you, you better not even dream about tellin' white folk the truth! You understand me? Shoot! Makin' White people riot! You better learn how to lie like me! I'm gonna find me a white man and lie to him right now!
2012-10-03 04:19:05 PM
1 votes:

Lagaidh: I know I'm an atypical anecdote... but it does happen here and there. And I'm not talking about rags to riches... just rags to comfy middle class.


tallen702: Now, before the accusations of me being the exception to the rule. I live near DC, my wife and I make what would be considered very, very modest incomes for the DC Metro area



Neither of you are living the American dream. Both of you are one missing paycheck away from a homeless shelter. That's the point Stiglitz is making. Your jobs are not steady income, your expenses on things like health care are through the roof, and if something happened you would be in deep trouble. Not to mention you going to college in the first place to get to where you are now is unobtainable for a large percentage of the population.
2012-10-03 09:21:42 AM
1 votes:

sethen320: Coelacanth: Sometimes I think the only reason I was born in this country was to punish me for something awful I did in a previous life.
Leave.


I'd love to. Just as soon as I can find enough work to save enough money to try to get another job in another country.........Hang on a minute. I'm having trouble finding a job here.
2012-10-03 07:47:55 AM
1 votes:

Debeo Summa Credo: Inequality in the US has grown for two reasons: globalization and immigration. Both increase the supply of low skill labor, driving down prices and resulting in a worse outcome for existing low skill labor.


"Just blame it on the guy who doesn't speak English."

-- Homer Simpson
2012-10-03 02:06:26 AM
1 votes:

sethen320: Fano: Hale-Bopp: He's certainly about that and certainly one other thing. We don't have a revolutionary spirit in this country and the change won't come from our government where it needs to come from. Basically, we're farked.

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

What revolutionaries are you referring to?


upload.wikimedia.org

What are you, from Estonia or something?
2012-10-03 01:40:54 AM
1 votes:

sethen320: Shut up.


Your name is now Sandy, as in your vagina.
2012-10-03 01:29:56 AM
1 votes:

sethen320: Shut up.


Forgive me for this, but - you mad bro? U mad?

I can't think of any other reason you would be so mad other than the fact that he's right. What do you do for a living, anyway?
2012-10-03 01:17:19 AM
1 votes:
Every empire eventually collapses. Every system eventually fails. So enjoy the debauchery of the decline.
2012-10-03 12:49:09 AM
1 votes:
img388.imageshack.us

Was this tag on vacation today or what?
2012-10-03 12:38:59 AM
1 votes:
Well to be fair, the professor works at Columbia. New Yorkers have always been a pessimistic bunch. Jew + New York = clinical depression.

If it was sunny, he'd worry about skin cancer. If it was raining, he's worry about mold. If it was overcast, he'd worry about the lack of vitamin d.

Nothing to see, move on.
2012-10-03 12:36:10 AM
1 votes:
It's not a myth. It's just been outsourced to India and China.
2012-10-03 12:29:17 AM
1 votes:

Atomic Spunk: My dream is to be balls deep in an Asian chick while a white girl licks my nuts and a Latina girl shoves her butthole in my face for me to lick. It will happen one day. It's not a goddamn myth, OK?


You forgot the Russian girl licking your butthole. Don't quit your day job, kid. Or your night job, or your weekend job, and stay in school.
2012-10-03 12:23:59 AM
1 votes:
/My only persistent dream is being passed by branches from evil faced cypress tree to evil faced cypress tree.
//Since I was six.


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2012-10-03 12:18:59 AM
1 votes:
24.media.tumblr.com
 

I only listen to economist Donny Donowitz
2012-10-03 12:11:35 AM
1 votes:
peasantswithpitchforks.com

R.I.P. Americone Dream
2012-10-03 12:03:19 AM
1 votes:

Richard Freckle: No Carlin reference yet, I am disappoint.

go back to sleep


Sorry I'm late.

"It's called the American Dream, because you have to be asleep to believe it."
2012-10-02 09:36:16 PM
1 votes:

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.


i3.kym-cdn.com
2012-10-02 09:12:43 PM
1 votes:

doglover: brap: It doesn't always work.

THAT'S WHAT SHE SAID!



That always works.
 
WITH YOUR MOM!
2012-10-02 09:07:55 PM
1 votes:
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.
 
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