Open Question: 'Temporarily Embarrassed Millionaires'

Do you agree with this statement? Please explain your answer. (Please answer on the website).

"...In America, the poor see themselves not as an exploited proletariat but as temporarily embarrassed millionaires."

Do you agree with this statement? Please explain your answer.

"...In America, the poor see themselves not as an exploited proletariat but as temporarily embarrassed millionaires."

Here is the full quote:

"John Steinbeck once said that socialism never took root in America because the poor see themselves not as an exploited proletariat but as temporarily embarrassed millionaires. This helps explain why American culture is so hostile to the idea of limits, why voters during the last energy shortage rejected the sweater-wearing Jimmy Carter and elected Ronald Reagan who told them it was still "morning in America." Nowhere does the myth of progress have more fervent believers."

  • Ronald Wright
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Aran
Aran

I hope it is never reduced to a public relation ad.

Aran
Aran

And for many non-Americans, American dream is still alive, inspired by The New Colossus.

Yossarian Johnson
Yossarian Johnson

Editor

I think Americans must go to Canada to enjoy the American dream...

Aran
Aran

Perhaps, for some Americans, American dream and ideals are still alive, a nostalgia for Independence ethos and frontier life, now spoiled by wild Capitalism and widening inequality.

JohnZambis
JohnZambis

Editor

@MSW3000 I was in agreement with a lot of what you said until you said it was a 'ridiculous question'. I think it is very strange that Americans operate with the mentality that riches are just around the corner. Maybe it is because of their version of religion. I think partially it is a construct created by wealthy elites to keep the working poor from engaging in revolutionary activity.