The [insert country] Dream
One element of the American Dream, certainly, is the ability to pull oneself up by one’s “bootstraps” – hard work and perseverance rewarded with success and stability. The freedom and opportunity to improve one’s lot in life is, for many, the essence of the American experience.
For some time, this was the case – economic mobility came easy in America, or at least, it was certainly easier here than in the old, socially rigid world of Europe. Is this the case any longer?
The Brookings Institute