Is the American Dream Slipping Away?

By Rick Kahler via

Is the American Dream slipping away? Yes, according to an article by David Leonhardt, The American Dream, Quantified at Last, published in the New York Times in December 2016.

Leonhardt cites research done for The Equality of Opportunity Project and reported as Trends in Absolute Income Mobility Since 1940. It concludes that the ability to attain the American Dream has fallen from 92% in 1940 to 50% today.

For me, this report raised a few questions. First, how do we define the American Dream?

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