The land of opportunity


Uncategorized / Friday, July 28th, 2006

The US of A has long been viewed as the land of opportunity – where merit and ability are the sole arbiters of a man’s/woman’s destiny.

The Economist argues that this is not the case

The most vivid evidence of social sclerosis comes from politics. A country where every child is supposed to be able to dream of becoming president is beginning to produce a self-perpetuating political elite. George Bush is the son of a president, the grandson of a senator, and the sprig of America’s business aristocracy. John Kerry, thanks to a rich wife, is the richest man in a Senate full of plutocrats. He is also a Boston brahmin, educated at St Paul’s, a posh private school, and Yale—where, like the Bushes, he belonged to the ultra-select Skull and Bones society.

in the article here.

6 Replies to “The land of opportunity”

  1. Cant believe the word ‘brahmin’ is a part of mainstream vocabulary!

    BTW, I was at Kerala recently. Saw two buses, one wine shop called St. Thomas. Looks like you are very popular there.

  2. Cant believe the word ‘brahmin’ is a part of mainstream vocabulary!BTW, I was at Kerala recently. Saw two buses, one wine shop called St. Thomas. Looks like you are very popular there.

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