Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Jonah Goldberg on the American Dream

Jonah Goldberg has an excellent quote on his blog (h/t Larwyn) about the American dream. Goldberg writes that the phrase "American dream" came from a 1931 book by James Truslow Adams, The Epic of America. Here is the quote:

"The American Dream is that dream of a land in which life should be better and richer and fuller for everyone, with opportunity for each according to ability or achievement. It is a difficult dream for the European upper classes to interpret adequately, and too many of us ourselves have grown weary and mistrustful of it. It is not a dream of motor cars and high wages merely, but a dream of social order in which each man and each woman shall be able to attain to the fullest stature of which they are innately capable, and be recognized by others for what they are, regardless of the fortuitous circumstances of birth or position."

Known as the "achievement motive" to management professors. Somehow, the Democrats don't seem to be familiar with it.

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