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America's Unlevel Field - NYTimes.com

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Krugman says: Americans are much more likely than citizens of other nations to believe that they live in a meritocracy. But this self-image is a fantasy: as a report in The Times last week pointed out, America actually stands out as the advanced country in which it matters most who your parents were, the country in which those born on one of society's lower rungs have the least chance of climbing to the top or even to the middle.And if you ask why America is more class-bound in practice than the rest of the Western world, a large part of the reason is that our government falls down on the job of creating equal opportunity....Which brings me back to those, like Mr. Romney, who claim to believe in equality of opportunity. Where is the evidence for that claim?...Judging by their actions, they seem to prefer a society in which your station in life is largely determined by that of your parent

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Remember that kids risen by animals? People learn ... by Andrey Gerasimenko on Tuesday, Jan 10, 2012 at 2:30:03 PM
" After several generations of living in meritocr... by zzz05 on Tuesday, Jan 10, 2012 at 4:31:44 PM
Intellectual arguments are fine and fun, but the r... by Susan Lee Schwartz on Tuesday, Jan 10, 2012 at 5:46:23 PM
It's no accident that those who believe things lik... by zzz05 on Tuesday, Jan 10, 2012 at 4:34:26 PM