Part of the problem is definitional. It isn’t just about houses, cars and material prosperity.
From Mark Pulliam
Peggy Noonan says the American Dream is about more than acquiring stuff, and she’s right. What destroyed the spirit of America? Post-modernism? The Great Society (welfare state)? Feminism? Secularism? Where did all the hopelessness and despair come from? “What I see more and more in America is damaged or absent parents. We all know what’s said in this part—drugs, family breakup. Poor parenting is not a new story in human history, and has never been new in America. But insufficient parents used to be able to tell their kids to go out, go play in America, go play in its culture. And the old aspirational culture, the one of the American dream, could counter a lot. Now we have stressed kids operating within a nihilistic popular culture that can harm them. So these kids have nothing—not the example of a functioning family and not the comfort of a culture into which they can safely escape.
This is not a failure of policy but a failure of love. And it’s hard to change national policy on a problem like that.”
READ IT HERE from the Wall Street Journal https://www.wsj.com/articles/whats-become-of-the-american-dream-1491521229