Franklin D. Roosevelt scorned and worked against the minority in the 1920’s that had such a powerful influence over the majority of the country at that time (Sachs). However the economic and political factors differ today from 1920’s. China and globalization add even more challenges to solving the economic crisis at hand (Sachs). In the present economy, “profits are being earned, and kept, abroad” (Sachs, 2011, p. 30). In the U. S. workers are losing jobs as more and more companies are moving operations off shore, these workers also must compete with higher educated individuals and oversea workers for jobs, while manufacturing and other low skill jobs continue to shrink (Sachs).
In ‘The Great Gatsby’ Fitzgerald criticises the increase of consumerism in the 1920s and the abandonment of the original American Dream , highlighting that the increased focus on wealth and the social class associated with it has negative effects on relationships and the poorest sections of society. The concept of wealth being used as a measure of success and worth is also explored by Plath in ‘The Bell Jar’. Similarly, she draws attention to the superficial nature of this material American Dream which has extended into the 1960s, but highlights that gender determines people’s worth in society as well as class. Fitzgerald uses setting to criticise society’s loss of morality and the growth of consumerism after the Great War. The rise of the stock market in the 1920s enabled business to prosper in America.
The film explores a maze of illegal activities and provides evidence supporting the idea that the sale of counterfeited goods results in government instability, money laundering, corruption and a host of other problems around the world that globalization has brought upon today’s society. The wealthier countries exploit innocent people for economic growth and create unequal distribution of wealth, which leads to a decrease in over economic productivity and slows economic growth. Low-skilled workers in developed countries who will see a decrease in wages due to the competition that they face from low-skilled workers in developing countries who will see an increase in wages. Economists have come up with an idea that trade liberalism is the force behind the rise of inequality in the United States and Western Europe, because of the boost in trade with poor countries and fragmentation of means of production, that has caused low-skilled jobs to be outsourced. Where treatment of the workers are inhumane and the unequal distribution of wealth will lead to an increase in poverty because the inequality leads to harmful for development that is generated because too he pressure that is created by inequality, this is directed the states having to adopt to redistributive polici... ... middle of paper ... ... of individuals competing for low-skilled jobs.
After all, this is America, the land of opportunity, the place where dreams are born and bred. However, America is not what it once was fifty years ago. In today's society, the American dream is hindered by issues involving gender discrimination, racial discrimination, and weak economic mobility. The influence of money has broadened among our society creating an elite group of winners, and leaving the rest as losers. Our government has been intoxicated under the influences of those holding a paper with a handful of zeros scrawled on it.... ... middle of paper ... ...s the Other, as a class of lazy bums, as a hindrance to our country.
Anothe... ... middle of paper ... ... the ending of the realistic American dream through hard work and honest values, and the decline and corruption due to society's obsession with material wealth and power. From the beginning to end of the Great Gatsby, Fitzgerald explored the idea of corruption of the American dream and society during the 1920s (roaring 20s) at a time of great prosperity and hope in American. Jay Gatsby who Nick once described as “being better than all of them put together’ originally from the Midwest where traditional values were upheld, had became corrupted with his first contact with wealth and power which was daisy Buchanan. Wealth has a corrupting power that can corrupt even a character with the best intentions. To this day American society still struggles with corruption of morals as money has became a major factor in how one is judged and how much power they hold in society .
Income inequality continues to increase in today’s world, especially in the United States. Income inequality means the unequal distribution between individuals’ assets, wealth, or income. In the Twilight of the Elites, Christopher Hayes, a liberal journalist, states the inequality gap between the rich and the poor are increasing widening, and there need to have things done - tax the rich, provide better education - in order to shortening the inequality gap. America is a meritocratic country, which means that everybody has equal opportunity to be successful regardless of their class privileges or wealth. However, equality of opportunity does not equal equality of outcomes.
The world that we live in today has economic inequality and its only increasing. The richest people and countries are only growing wealthier and the poorest people and countries are growing poorer and poorer each day. This is due to a lack of nationalism, unfair working laws, corporations and developed wealthy countries taking over and stealing resources from less developed countries. Economic inequality started during the Industrial revolution. The industrial revolution created jobs and, for the upper and middle class, a more comfortable way of living.
Surviving in America has become increasingly more difficult due to the Government’s lack of oversight which causes the income gap to increase and the middle class to disappear. Due to an extreme gap of income between the wealthiest 1% and the remaining 99% in America, the middle class is dissipating to nothing because of unequal distribution of wealth. Poverty in America is a major issue that can and should be addressed as soon as possible because unequal distribution of wealth is causing greed, controversy and hate among millions of citizens. Although an income gap can be very inherent in capitalism, the Government should do more to help combat income inequality and unequal distribution of wealth because it takes advantage of the public and completely dissolving the middle class. An income gap is sufficiently killing the American economy and the Government should step in to help fix this issue.
It sequentially signaled a time of decline of the American dream and values. The root of all of these problems was generated through the concept of money, proving Ben Nicholson’s statement, “The corruption of the American soul is consumerism”. If money was not a monumental concept of this time period, many problems in The Great Gatsby would diminish. For instance, with money out of the plot, Daisy may have married Gatsby instead of Tom, fulfilling Gatsby’s dream. Additionally, the people of West Egg would have to face the consequences of actions and Tom and Daisy would have to care of their child.
The disparity between the top income earners in the United States and everyone else is ridiculous. The rich continue to see huge increases in their income while everyone else’s rarely moves. Who is to blame for such a huge income disparity are Republicans, Democrats, neither, or maybe both? However, traditionally right wing republicans have favored reducing income taxes and corporate taxes for the top earners in the U.S. Republicans argue that Bush-era tax cuts on top earnings should be extended to stimulate the economy, while many Democrats back extensions only for lower earners(Marcia Clemmitt, 2010, para 1). While on the left side Democrats generally believe that more government spending can help bridge the gap between the rich and everyone else, Republicans generally don’t.