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The American Dream
Transcript of The American Dream
to fight oppression?
THE 2012 VOTE
Who can lead us into 2013 with a renewed American Dream?
Do resources equal freedom?
TOO BIG TO FAIL
Is there equal opportunity?
Agree or disagree:
Success for some is better than
nobody being successful or everybody
being equally unsuccessful.
Agree or disagree:
Wealth can always be attained by everyone if they work hard enough.
...and how is it attained in our culture?
What is happiness?
"YOU HAVE TO BE ASLEEP TO BELIEVE IT."
What can be said of and for our times?
Is peaceful protest inaction?
and what of
2.5 kids- $235,000x2.5=
$587,000 to raise a small
as of 2012
a car- a payment
a house- a mortgage
an education- a loan
What is freedom?
Are we "in control" of our destinies?
Does the dream exist in reality?
If I am financially indebted, am I free?
What is love...
...in the 21st century?
What is American love?
Is marriage a freedom for all or a privilege for some?
Can we trust the $makers;
How will you
about our future
We will have to repent in this generation not merely for the vitriolic words and actions of the bad people, but for the appalling silence of the good people.
Dr. Martin Luther King
Too BIG to fall?
then how do we explain the "USA" to those here first...
What of their
What is your
vision of America?
So what happens to a dream deferred?
Can one take action in other ways
than the physical?
What is psychological action?
What is your vision of
Is revenge justifiable?
Is violent reaction the only action of strength?
Do the victors of war benefit from winning?
When do one's beliefs
justify their actions?
What say you then
of our capacity
for love and empathy?
Is faith central to
... and when is it harmful?
of our troubles?
Howard Zinn (1922-2010)
And what of the first generation of "Americans..." weren't they dissenters of authority?
How did democracy begin in America?
at a time when money is printed everyday
and literally seems like it grows on trees...
Are we free
to die on
now we will read the film #regeneration
Do we ever really
the land it is on?
George Carlin, American Comedian (1937-2008)
How can texts inform us about our
How does the present inform the future and vice-versa?
How do the endings of a story tell about the beginnings?
"They grabbed what they could get for the sake of what was to be got. It was just robbery with violence, aggravated murder on a great scale, and men going at it ..."
-Heart of Darkness
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