Wednesday, September 5, 2012

America Is Not What She Once Was

America is the land of the socially ossified.
Despite the widespread belief that the U.S. provides exceptional opportunities for upward mobility, these data show that parental wealth has an important role in shielding offspring from downward mobility and sustaining their upward mobility in the U.S. no less than in countries like Germany and Sweden, where parental wealth also serves as a private safety net that not even the more generous European public programs and social services seem to provide.
"Well that is surprising," said no one ever.

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