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Offbeat How the Great Recession destroyed the American dream

17:51  09 august  2018
17:51  09 august  2018 Source:   cbsnews.com

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" The Great Recession is the moment Americans lost faith…but this dream has been in decline for decades," Levitz told CBSN. After World War II, many white Americans were much closer to attaining the goal of the " American Dream " than they are now, with more access to good-paying jobs

The American Dream is a national ethos of the United States, the set of ideals (democracy, rights, liberty, opportunity and equality) in which freedom includes the opportunity for prosperity and success

In the decade since the 2008 financial crisis, the American economy has, by most metrics, recovered what it lost. Most Americans are employed; inflation is acceptable; and GDP is currently expanding at the fastest rate in 13 years. But despite the economy's recent strength, America has not addressed the deepening inequality that has been growing for three decades, eroding many citizens' faith in its future, New York Magazine argues in its latest issue.

The scars from the Great Recession can be seen in everything from declining birth rates to flat wages said Eric Levitz, an associate editor at the magazine. "The Great Recession is the moment Americans lost faith…but this dream has been in decline for decades," Levitz told CBSN.

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North America was one of the focal points of the global, Great Recession . While Canada has managed to return its economy nearly to the levels it enjoyed prior to the recession , the United States and Mexico are still under the influence of the worldwide economic slowdown.

In the recession , the American Dream is alive, if not entirely well, according to a poll by The New York Times and CBS News. Sidd Singhal: To me what the American Dream is that no matter what your background is, what country you come from, what income background you’re from, that, no matter

That decline is visible in the numbers. Today's largest generation — millennials — are significantly more indebted than Baby Boomers were at their age. Many carry a substantial student loan debt burden, while the median household income is the same as it was in the 1970s, in inflation-adjusted terms. Even though more young people work full-time today than 40 years ago, far fewer of them own their homes. One-third live with their parents.

A Census study last year showed how far young adults have fallen. In 1976, nearly half had completed four "markers of adulthood" by age 34: Entered the labor force, left their parents' home, gotten married and had a child. In 2016, only 24 percent had done so by the same age.

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"The idea that anyone can get a basic level of security if they work hard and follow the rules…we've never been able to achieve that," said Levitz.

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Anecdotally, the American Dream pertains to home ownership among the working class of America . Proof that no matter your income, your upbringing or where you live, you can own your own home. What the Great Recession showed was the so-called American Dream is no longer attainable.

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After World War II, many white Americans were much closer to attaining the goal of the "American Dream"  than they are now, with more access to good-paying jobs and heavily subsidized college education back then.

That deal started falling apart in the 1980s, but the generally expanding economy of the 1990s masked the underlying trend. By the time the 2000s came around, Americans' wages had been flat for some time, although rising home values and easy access to credit made many feel more secure.

The financial crisis killed off that illusion. Today, the thought of stability — let alone riches — feels unattainable for many Americans, Levitz said. "This is called the 'American dream' and not the 'American reality' for a reason."

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