AMERICAN LIFESTYLE REALLY? BY FABIAN MASSA.

Translated from Spanish to English with Google Translator.


AMERICAN LIFESTYLE REALLY? BY FABIAN MASSA.

In a note of the journalist Jorge Lanata, published by the newspaper Clarín on 12/11/2016 [1] - are exposed some interesting statistics on the reality of the USA. And its impact on the November 2016 presidential elections, which ended with the victory of Donald Trump:

  1. According to a University of California study, 90% of Americans earn $ 31,000 a year.
  2. 1% earn, per year, 27 million dollars per family.
  3. The share of wealth in the hands of the richest 10% of the country increased from 67.5% in 1989 to 75.7% in 2013.
  4. The wealth of the poorest 50% went from 2.9% in 1989 to 1.1% in 2013.
  5. There are 47 million poor people.
  6. One in five children is poor (20%)
  7. 26% of blacks are poor.
  8. 24% of Hispanics are poor.
  9. 1% of whites are poor.


The American Dream can be defined as the equal opportunity and freedom that allows all the inhabitants of the United States to achieve their goals in life based on effort and determination, this constitutes the American Lifestyle and is based In the idea of ​​any American can rise socially and economically through hard work.

However, according to the statistics mentioned above, 90% earn US $ 31,000 / year and during the last 25 years, the poor have become poorer and the rich have richer, so a fifth of the children are poor.

From reading it emerges that the American Dream is more easily fulfilled if the person is English-speaking and white (1% poverty) than black (26%) or Hispanic (24%).

As long as there is no more fair distribution of wealth, the American dream will only be a utopia for the masses and something difficult and costly concretion for a few that, based on capacity, effort and persistence, will manage to "leave the poor." And in the attempt of the masses to move from poor to rich, only the richest 10% that monitors the whole process is enriched.

These statistics show the failure of the capitalist system. But also the policies of the Left (the dismantling of the USSR and the abandonment of Communism by the communists themselves) failed. We are already entering the Third Millennium and the challenge remains to reach a method to achieve greater Social Justice.



[1] http://www.clarin.com/opinion/Donald-cumplas_0_1685831447.html

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