It Is Twenty Times Easier To Get Into Princeton Than To Get A UK Part-Time Coffee Barista Job - By Tyler Durden (20/2/13) PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 20 February 2013 09:49

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Equal Opportunity, Our National Myth - By Joseph Stiglitz (19/2/13) PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 19 February 2013 14:14

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President Obama’s second Inaugural Address used soaring language to reaffirm America’s commitment to the dream of equality of opportunity: “We are true to our creed when a little girl born into the bleakest poverty knows that she has the same chance to succeed as anybody else, because she is an American; she is free, and she is equal, not just in the eyes of God but also in our own.”The gap between aspiration and reality could hardly be wider. Today, the United States has less equality of opportunity than almost any other advanced industrial country. Study after study has exposed the myth that America is a land of opportunity. This is especially tragic: While Americans may differ on the desirability of equality of outcomes, there is near-universal consensus that inequality of opportunity is indefensible. The Pew Research Center has found that some 90 percent of Americans believe that the government should do everything it can to ensure equality of opportunity.

Perhaps a hundred years ago, America might have rightly claimed to have been the land of opportunity, or at least a land where there was more opportunity than elsewhere. But not for at least a quarter of a century. Horatio Alger-style rags-to-riches stories were not a deliberate hoax, but given how they’ve lulled us into a sense of complacency, they might as well have been.

It’s not that social mobility is impossible, but that the upwardly mobile American is becoming a statistical oddity. According to research from the Brookings Institution, only 58 percent of Americans born into the bottom fifth of income earners move out of that category, and just 6 percent born into the bottom fifth move into the top. Economic mobility in the United States is lower than in most of Europe and lower than in all of Scandinavia.

Another way of looking at equality of opportunity is to ask to what extent the life chances of a child are dependent on the education and income of his parents. Is it just as likely that a child of poor or poorly educated parents gets a good education and rises to the middle class as someone born to middle-class parents with college degrees? Even in a more egalitarian society, the answer would be no. But the life prospects of an American are more dependent on the income and education of his parents than in almost any other advanced country for which there is data.



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Obama's State Of The Delusion Speech, US Adrift At Sea - By James Quinn (19/2/13) PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 19 February 2013 14:12

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Horsemeat Scandal Goes Global As World's Largest Food Maker Pulls Tainted Pasta From Spain And Italy - By Tyler Durden (19/2/13) PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 19 February 2013 14:10

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Gangster Bankers: Too Big To Jail Terrorists - How HSBC Hooked Up With Drug Traffickers And. And Got Away With It - By Matt Taibbi (18/2/13) PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 18 February 2013 11:37

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