The American dream is still alive for many immigrant populations, IMO.
I think data shows the bottom quintile being less economically mobile than in previous generations. I believe the data. I think it's true that fewer Americans can grow up in poverty and then achieve.
The left diagnoses this as a crisis of capitalism, of income inequality. David Simon (of "The Wire" fame) just wrote a long, scathing indictment of over-capitalism, which he unsurprisingly (preposterously) pegs as starting right in 1980, what a coincidence.
I disagree. I see this as a crisis of social and moral values. I'm as libertarian as the next guy; if you want to put your pee pee in another man's mouth, and even have a fabulous wedding ceremony, I say go forth and don't multiply. Hooray.
But the sexual revolution, the eager breakdown of the nuclear family as a standard, the beatification of single motherhood (which, David-Simon-like, I will (preposterously) peg to Dan Quayle vs. Murphy Brown), and maybe school busing as well, have provided benefits that accrued almost solely to the white middle class, who may now bone whomever and however often they like during college and during young professional-hood. The results of this revolution have been an emptying of cities, and an unmitigated disaster in American-born minority communities, where we are now several generations into children raised by children raised by children who have no idea how to be a socially functioning member of society. Everything that I read about early childhood brain development suggests how important early social involvement is, and I am convinced that very little healthy child-rearing is going on in Pen Lucy, the drug-infested neighborhood just a few blocks from where I live. This isn't just about "role models" and whatnot, this is basic social functioning and ability.
looking forward to norcal dismissing me as a racist fuckwit