Capitalism In America

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Does our capitalistic culture serve the needs of the many, or of the few? Capitalism was a tearing away from the feudalistic society in Europe, and it introduced the middle/working-class besides having just the two structures of the rich and the poor. It offered the opportunity for one to better one 's station through hard-work, perseverance, and ingenuity.

Do we see a progressive society that attempts to apply the ideal set forth in the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution, or one that fails in this regard? The United States was set upon the principle of the belief that anyone could come here and find equality and an opportunity to make something of his or her life. The Americas as a colony was an escape from the persecution
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In this idyllic society, the goal is that everyone would coexist happily and work towards the greater good of all, greater learning, and the betterment of society. Everyone and their respective jobs and places in society would be respected and equally valued. Everyone would be able to do the job they wanted or the job their best suited for, and every need of the individual would be met from food to clothing to shelter. There would be no jealousy or discrepancies on who had what. Everyone would be a valued and important part of society. However, coming from the idea of the capitalistic modern American society, it is hard to agree with the system or see how it could possibly work. In this world, we have only ever seen the methods of Communism implemented to oppress and take over the government and its people without ever trying to actually offer this ideal of a utopian society. The principles set forth by Marx and Engels are hard to actually enact due to the fact that we are all so used to our current way of life and also that people are imperfect. It is extremely difficult to set up a perfect, utopian society when people are sinful, greedy, and unable to put aside their prejudices to work for the overall good of everyone. Another issue with communistic society is that it also limits how much or to what level a citizen can achieve. In the attempt …show more content…
In her sonnet “New Colossus” about the United States of America and specifically the Statue of Liberty, Emma Lazarous writes “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, the wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed, to me: I lift my lamp beside the golden door.” The consensus was that America was this wonderful ideal a place where anyone could find refuge a place to belong and hope for a better tomorrow. We are all so in love with this idea of America, the “land of the free” and “home of the brave,” and we are so content with our own peaceful, placid little lives that we are unable to grasp the problems in the country today and go to meet them head on and fix them. The current American economy has reached a sort of plateau where very few have the ability to increase their wealth even marginally. Many are staying in the same economic class while still others are unable to provide for their families. Also, the inability to prosper is not through lack of trying but through the flaws in the opportunities inside the structure we are presented

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