Magazine November 14, 2011, Issue

Mobility Impaired

(Darren Gygi)
The American Dream must move from the bottom up

What’s the most important issue in American politics? In a narrow sense, the sputtering economy and ballooning deficits are likely to dominate the 2012 election season. But while every election has its own particular concerns, fundamentally it is to the American Dream that our politicians must tend — that libertarian and egalitarian bundle of values and hopes that transcend our partisan, economic, and social divisions.

When the Pew Economic Mobility Project (EMP) surveyed people about what the American Dream meant, it got widely ranging answers. Indiana’s governor, Mitch Daniels, recently hit on a common sentiment when he observed that “upward mobility

Scott Winship — Mr. Winship is a resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute and its director of poverty studies.

In This Issue

Articles

Features

Politics & Policy

Mobility Impaired

What’s the most important issue in American politics? In a narrow sense, the sputtering economy and ballooning deficits are likely to dominate the 2012 election season. But while every election ...
Politics & Policy

Up from Leftism

Atlanta, Ga. — ‘The first time my name appeared in the New York Times, I was described as ‘an obscure associate professor,’” says Eugene D. Genovese. “I’ve always thought of ...

Books, Arts & Manners

Politics & Policy

Unfriendly Skies

There were two events in the first year of Ronald Reagan’s presidency that justify the use of the overworked phrase “defining moment”: the assassination attempt after only the tenth week ...
Politics & Policy

Wrong Track

For all the glory of the transcontinental railroads, it’s not hard to find bad things to say about them. As the first truly national American big businesses, they made quite ...
Politics & Policy

A Real Camino

This has been an unusually good run for religion at the movies. Dramatizing spiritual experience is notoriously difficult, and filmmakers tend to look for easier paths — the anthropologist’s condescension, ...
City Desk

Volume Discount

Books were like print-outs, with text on both sides of the paper, fastened together along one side with stitching (in older books) or glue. The pages, or papers, were numbered ...

Sections

Happy Warrior

Saint Who?

When it’s not explicitly hostile, Western liberals’ attitude to Ayaan Hirsi Ali is deeply condescending. One thinks of Nicholas Kristof in the New York Times, pondering the author’s estrangement from ...
Politics & Policy

Letters

The Brush-off Kevin D. Williamson’s piece on presidential aspirant Ron Paul (“Ron Paul’s Last Crusade,” September 19), coupled with Jack Hunter’s subsequent retort (October 3), brought to mind my own encounter ...
Politics & Policy

The Week

‐ Invading Congo? He really is turning us into Belgium after all. ‐ The Cain mutiny against establishment politics rolls on. Cain is a charmer, and he is right to buck ...
The Long View

C O N F I D E N T I A L

CLIENT: Senior Romney Campaign TEAM: Bain & Company Campaign Consulting Practice IN RE: Report from our initial consulting efforts EXECUTIVE SUMMARY Many thanks for allowing BAIN CONSULTING to serve your campaign, and for giving ...
Athwart

Frigid Pink

Occupy Wall Street gets all the press, but the world-changing assemblies are happening all over, you know. Here in Minnesota the locals formed OccupyMN and took over Government Plaza. It’s ...
Politics & Policy

Poetry

KING DAVID LEAVES OFF MOURNING FOR HIS SON I’m dressed. The sky is stone, my path a sea. I’m going to him, he won’t return to me. I eat. The shattered waves have ...

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