I grew up hearing about the "American Dream" and all we hear about today is how it is threatened, if not dead.
I've always been hostile to this elusive, seemingly manipulated, self-serving concept. It means many things to many people.
Still, like all good Conservatarians, I am a bit of a romantic, so how can I not get caught up in idea of generational "improvement"? Progressives are always moving (leaning?) forward but towards what? My libertarian embrace of the American Dream is the idea that over time, across generations, an increased standard of living occurs through the exercise of freedoms in the markets of ideas as well as goods and services.
The traditional commercial and political definition I typically see is that each American can own his own home. Perhaps that is simply a symbol and not an end in itself but it easily fits into a short political statement or a reason to vote for a candidate. The marketing of this idea has been all consuming dating back perhaps to the landing at Plymouth. What a crock!
The long article below does a great job in providing some background and history to our current housing issues as well as a great subtext for how our pursuit of this dream as led us to such a place today.