or more accurately- Social Democratic countries.
The Organization for Economic Co-operation and Develepoment (OECD) is an international organization of 34 countries, including the US, founded in 1961. It’s mission is stimulate economic progress and world trade, and is a forum of countries committed to the free market economy and to democracy.
They have issued a report showing the American Dream, social mobility, the concept that if you work hard you can improve your life, is alive and well. In countries such as Denmark, Germany, Sweeden, Australia, Norway, Finland… . Not so much in the good old USA.
Ironically, these are all heavily social democratic countries. High taxes. Universal Healthcare. Strong Unions. Large social safety nets.
And not only to the people in these countries have some of the highest standards of living. The longest lifespans. The highest levels of happiness or satisfaction in their lives… Thay also have the best chance of making something of their lives.
Overwhelmingly these are also the countries best surviving the global financial crisis.
And yet, the right wants to take us backwards. Back to the policies that this country has overwhelmingly followed for the past several decades. Policies that have seen the rich get much richer, the poor poorer, and the middle class dissapear (sinking- not rising). Policies that have killed the american dream (just look at the numbers on states with the most poverty and the most people working minimum wage jobs- all long time GOP controlled states). Policies that brought on the total economic collapse.