America No Longer Seen as a Land of Opportunity

By: Monday October 28, 2013 9:50 am

The number of Americans who believe regular people have “plenty of opportunities” to get ahead has dropped sharply over the past decade. This is one of the most profound changes in how Americans view their own country.

 

The Troubling Myths of Opportunity and Mobility in the Democratic Convention

By: Wednesday September 5, 2012 2:52 pm

The problem is that this only plays out along the lines of equality of opportunity. You have to work hard, and there’s this myth that hard work will find its reward in a society without barriers. This was the main theme of Michelle Obama’s speech as well.

Late Night FDL: The Little Machine That Could, NASA’s Opportunity Probe

By: Wednesday August 10, 2011 8:00 pm

Say what you like about the things the the US is no longer great at, we still are the Big Dogs when it comes to building and running long term space missions. Today the Opportunity Mars Rover finished a two year trip to the Endeavour Crater. There it will look for signs that water persisted on the surface of Mars for long periods of time. Not bad for a probe with a 3 month estimated mission life, eh?

FDL Book Salon Welcomes Jeff Madrick, Age of Greed: The Triumph of Finance and the Decline of America, 1970 to the Present

By: Sunday July 3, 2011 1:59 pm

Age of Greed offers a long survey of the rise of regulation liberated financial markets and actors. The historical sweep is artful and well presented. The text argues for a return to more caged financial markets and actors. The steady and mounting pressures on the American middle class are correlated with the rising excesses, fortunes and missteps of financiers and their vehicles.

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