Charles Blow – America’s Exploding Pipe Dream

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Charles Blow – America’s Exploding Pipe Dream

Numbers don’t lie. The United States gets low scores in a new report on social justice.

We are slowly — and painfully — being forced to realize that we are no longer the America of our imaginations. Our greatness was not enshrined. Being a world leader is less about destiny than focused determination, and it is there that we have faltered.

We sold ourselves a pipe dream that everyone could get rich and no one would get hurt — a pipe dream that exploded like a pipe bomb when the already-rich grabbed for all the gold; when they used their fortunes to influence government and gain favors and protection; when everyone else was left to scrounge around their ankles in hopes that a few coins would fall.

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November 3rd, 2011|