“You are more likely to achieve the American Dream if you live in Denmark”
The United States is the land of the free and the home of the “American dream”, or is it really?
The term “American dream” originally meant that all citizens, regardless of what class they were born into, can attain their interpretation of success through hard work, in a society with few barriers. Some believes that this term is outdated and to a greater extend applies to Denmark and other Scandinavian countries.
The article “You are more likely to achieve the American Dream if you live in Denmark”, was released 21th August 2017. This article discusses how the UKs governments decisions affect the social mobility and how redistribution would accommodate the wish of strengthening the countries social mobility.
This analytical essay will be based on the rhetorical pentagon and will focus on topic, sender, language, circumstances, receiver and intention. At the end the article will be put into a wider context.
The article calls attention to how high levels of income inequality links to low levels of social mobility. Additionally, how the young people from unequal societies struggle to effort education and meet many other obstacles associated with their and their families current state.
This can be seen in: ““British social mobility is damaged by the UK´s high income inequality (…) young people from low class families are less likely to invest in their own human capital development (their education) in more unequal societies.”.
These quotes highlight the impotence of redistribution. A great amount of people doesn’t have “equal opportunities”, because they are stuck in the part of the class system they were born into. Many doesn’t have the required resources, to get an education, because of the high tuition fees and living expenses.
But the impact inequality has on social mobility exceeds educational attainment and involvement. The following quote supports that: “In unequal societies, more parents will have mental illness or problems with drugs and alcohol.
They will be more likely to be burdened by debt and long working hours, adding stress to family life.