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The American Dream And Brandon King's The American Dream

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While Americans suffered through the Great Depression in 1931, James Truslow Adams popularized the term, “the American Dream”, in his book, “Epic of America”. As Adams defines it, the American Dream is "that dream of a land in which life should be better and richer and fuller for everyone, with opportunity for each according to ability or achievement...”. In other words, the American dream is the concept of a future of equal opportunity and freedom of improvement.
On one end, economists and activists believe that this concept has ultimately died, but on the other end, Individuals like, Brandon King, believe that it’s still alive and well. In his essay, “The American Dream: Dead, Alive, or on Hold?”, King describes that, although the American
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But even though it is alive, it’s become much more difficult to attain. My parents even admit that if they came to America today, they would immediately become homeless. What they mean by this is, they would not be able to work in this current day where companies and businesses have higher expectations and lower wages for upcoming employees. Take Amazon, the first upcoming trillion dollar company, for example. They offer a variety of positions in all of their departments, but their salaries are incredibly low and their expectations are exceedingly high. A previous anonymous Amazon employee stated that, “You are treated as a liability, not as an asset”. Through their experience, they were extremely overworked to the point that breaks were nonexistent. My relative who also worked for Amazon added that, “It was common that we carried a bottle around in our truck. There was never enough time to even go to the restroom with the amount of required work Amazon put you through”. In a Fox Business article, they explain that Amazon, “the first upcoming trillion dollar company”, did not pay any taxes in 2017. What this means is, although Amazon has accumulated billions over the years, their employees are still paid minimum wage and treated like animals. With this in mind, King believes Trickle down economics, a theory that believes…show more content…
In this quote, it’s shown that King assumes this. He provides no evidence and states that it ‘could’ hurt companies. While he provides empty claims, there has been evidence to show the remarkable effects of raising it. In “SSN” article, scholars, Michael A. Krassa and Benjamin Radcliff, provide a graph that shows the relationship between the percentage of the population that is economically thriving and the level of its minimum wage within a variety of nations. Through their research they conclude that, “Regardless of the size of a country's economy, its current economic situation, or the time frame chosen, people lead better lives as the minimum wage increases.”. This is because, if a low income person is given more money, they’ll gain more freedom to spend on luxury items instead of just saving it. This thus stimulates the economy by providing more money to businesses which in turn does not force them to cut back on workers. Although it may not stop the continuing problem of company’s high expectations, it’ll at least stop them from underpaying their employees for their strenuous
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