Pipe Dream Nation

“Not to be able to afford a movie or a glass of beer is a kind of starvation – if everybody else can.”
– Dwight Macdonald[1]

Dear Kim Moon-shine,

I’m reading depressing news about the Democratic People’s Republic of Livia in the terribly biased Western media.

North Livia haters (defectors from yesteryears) are bad-mouthing your nation and pressing China not to repatriate the latest defectors and distance itself from your oppressive regime.

Oh, the North Livian traitors who dream of a wonderful life outside will have a rude shock when the 50,000-volts of foreign reality hits them!

Pipe Dream

Speaking of dreams, it’s amazing how my “exceptional” nation continues to con millions, both Americans and foreigners, into believing in that wild fantasy called “American Dream.”

In its essence, the fiction of the American Dream deludes people into believing that if only they work hard prosperity will come barging into their homes.

Statue of Liberty

The crunchy Rags to Riches fable, the creamy crust beneath the thick topping of hard toil.

The Horatio Algers account.

The asinine class mobility argument put forward by scholars and swallowed by the dumbshits.

Although America has never been an Eden of opportunity or the land of milk and honey, the great con of the American Dream made it seem so.

Sticky Dream

In an era where few things endure for longer than a few seasons, the idea of the American Dream has had remarkable stickiness.

In the twenty-first century, millions of American Sonderkommandos and immigrants still cling to the great fiction of the American Dream even when the brutal reality suggests it’s actually the American Con.

In her new book Political Tribes, tiger mom Amy Chua writes, “When the American Dream eludes them—even when it mocks them, or spits in their face—they would sooner turn on the establishment, or on the law, or on immigrants and other outsiders, or even on reason, then turn on the dream itself.”[2]

Even the crackpot of the season, Donald Trump, pays dutiful obeisance to the American Dream.

Trump launched his presidential campaign on June 16, 2015, at the Trump Tower, declaring, “Sadly, the American Dream is dead. But if I get elected President I will bring it back bigger and better and stronger than ever before.“[3]

After becoming President, Trump performed CPR on the American Dream.

On January 30, 2017, Trump tweeted: “The American dream is back. We’re going to create an environment for small business like we haven’t had in many, many decades!”

Trump is not the only billionaire to genuflect at the altar of the American Dream.

The Koch brothers funded Americans for Prosperity organizes an annual Defending the American Dream Summit (the 11th summit was held in Richmond (Virginia) on August 19, 2017).

If you haven’t achieved the American Dream, it means you have not worked hard, you’re an idiot, a ghetto rat or low-life (two most common insults hurled at Blacks in the United States of Sonderkommandos).

If you fail in realizing the American Dream, it means you’ve made bad choices.

If you missed out on the American Dream, it means you chose the thrill of splurging in the certain present instead of hoarding wisely for the uncertain future.

If you failed to get a seat at the buffet table of the American Dream despite doing your best, it means God is angry at you for your sins.

So repent and embrace Jesus, and the good life will soon be yours, preach America’s Catholic PAP (pastors, apostles and prophets) pederasts during short breaks between buggering young children.

To some writers like Charles Murray, hard work alone is not enough.

Embracing family values, religion and community are also part of the recipe for achieving the American Dream.[4]

False Dream

Wise men (and women, of course) have always known the truth about America and the nonsense of the American Dream.

As early as 1963, Dwight Macdonald wrote in the New Yorker, “Rags to riches is now more likely to be rags to rags.”[5]

Things were no different in the early years of migration from Europe to America.

A much disappointed eighteenth century immigrant wrote back bitterly to his folks: “Whoever is well off in Europe better remain there. Here is misery and distress, same as everywhere, and for certain persons and conditions incomparably more than in Europe.”[6]

In the twenty-first century, the American historian Nancy Isenberg hit the nail on the head.

“Some things never change. More than one generation has deluded itself by buying into the notion of an American dream …. If the American dream were real, upward mobility would be far more in evidence,” Isenberg wrote in her classic work White Trash.[7]

Other scholars too are not great believers in the American Dream.

Professor Noam Chomsky sees the idea of the American Dream in more nuanced terms than Nancy Isenberg:

“Now, the so-called American Dream was always based partly in myth and partly in reality. From the early 19th century onward and up until fairly recently, working-class people, including immigrants, had expectations that their lives would improve in American society through hard work. And that was partly true, although it did not apply for the most part to African Americans and women until much later. This no longer seems to be the case. Stagnating incomes, declining living standards, outrageous student debt levels, and hard-to-come-by decent-paying jobs have created a sense of hopelessness among many Americans, who are beginning to look with certain nostalgia toward the past.”[8]

But millions of people still fall prey to fictional stories about the United States and line up at its embassies to come to the exploiters paradise in pursuit of the will-o’-the-wisp of the American dream.

There may be some hope though.

The number of Americans believing in the American Dream is falling.

A 2014 poll showed it had fallen to 64%, the lowest in 20 years.[9]

In an unmistakable signal about the collapse of the American Dream, many Mexicans are going back.

And fewer Mexicanos, Hondureños and Guatemaltecos are now crossing the border.

Amigos are realizing that reports of yard work, lawn-mowing, washing dishes and plucking feathers at chicken farms leading to mucho dinero in America are just wild fantasies.[10]

But even if it’s a complete joke, America will never stop extolling the grand fiction of the American Dream.

Otherwise, the average jobbernowls in the little towns and big cities of America will grab their pitchforks and guns and take to the streets.

Now that wouldn’t do for the people living below 96th St in Manhattan and in the SuperZips of America, would it?[11]

Kim, in the annals of history the con of the American dream is matched only by the great nonsense of Freudianism.[12]

Karma Gospel Notes

[1] Our Invisible Poor, by Dwight Macdonald, New Yorker, January 19, 1963
[2] Political Tribes:Group Instinct and the Fate of Nations (2018), by Amy Chua, p.139
[3] For Trump declaring the American Dream dead, read Donald Trump 2016 Announcement, Time Magazine, June 16, 2015 or YouTube videos
[4] Charles Murray cited in The Classes Drift Apart: Can the Rich Save the American Dream by Preaching What They Practise, The Economist, February 4, 2012
[5] Our Invisible Poor, by Dwight Macdonald, New Yorker, January 19, 1963
[6] A People’s History of the United States (2010) by Howard Zinn, p.44
[7] White Trash: The 400-Year Untold History of Class in America (2016), by Nancy Isenberg, p.318-319
[8] Chomsky: Is the American Dream Dead?, by C.J. Polychroniou, AlterNet, December 13, 2016
[9] New York Times 2014 Poll on the American Dream, cited in The Secret Shame of Middle-Class Americans, by Neal Gabler, The Atlantic
[10] More Mexican Immigrants Are Returning to Mexico Than Coming to the U.S., by Kali Holloway, Alternet, May 11, 2016
[11] The Classes Drift Apart: Can the Rich Save the American Dream by Preaching What They Practise, The Economist, February 4, 2012
[12] Why Freud Survives, by Louis Menand, New Yorker, August 28, 2017

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