This introductory chapter discusses the concept of the American Dream, which can no longer be kept within national borders. It first looks at the opportunity bargain, where the role of the state is limited to making opportunities for people through education. It studies the competition for jobs, as well as globalization in Asia. It also reveals that people are forced to depend on a job market that is unable to cope with the rising tide of political, individual, and social expectations. The chapter ends with a section on how America can create a new opportunity bargain.
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