Why the American Dream Hasn’t Gone to Hell

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What are we supposed to do with the American Dream? You know, the one where you work hard at a friendly, faceless corporation, have a McMansion with a white picket fence and 2.5 kids, and vacation on the Kona Coast every year?

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