It’s hard to let go of the American Dream; in fact, nobody does. Nevertheless, few people would disagree with the observation that the Dream is much harder to achieve than it used to be. There is plenty of debate, however, about what is causing the obstacles and delays. Economist and financial journalist Stewart Lansley examines the problem in a May 2013 article in the LA Review of Books.
- Lansley cites a poll taken before the 2012 presidential election in which respondents were asked which of two current conditions was the greater worry—“unfairness in the economic system that favors the wealthy” or “over-regulation of the free market that interferes with growth and prosperity.” Which option do you think Lansley would choose? Why? Point to examples in the article to support your reasoning.
- How does Lansley treat opposing views? What strategies and organizational structures does he employ, and how does he separate his They Say from his I Say? How well does his treatment of opposing views enhance his credibility and his argument? Explain your reasoning.
- Reread Cal Thomas’ essay in Chapter 18 of your text. How might Lansley respond to Thomas’ argument? Explain your reasoning and give examples from both essays to support your conclusion.
- How would you answer the question posed in the 2012 Washington Post poll that Lansley mentions? Do some research on the economic theories and philosophies referred to in the answer choices. Then, write an essay that responds to the question, and support your response with three published sources of your choice.