Welcome to the Great American Middle Class: From the American Dream to Deep Solidarity
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For a long time, the American middle class assumed that it was living the American Dream. A certain standard of personal wealth, job security, and social benefits were taken for granted. Motivated by religious injunctions to “love your neighbor as yourself” and a feeling of noblesse oblige, people were willing to “give back” to the community. Volunteer spirit is higher in the United States than in many other countries. Charity is a common value and is practiced in particular by members of churches and other religious organizations. Soup kitchens for the hungry, clothes closets for the needy, meals on wheels for the elderly, and work projects that help fix up dilapidated neighborhoods are among the many examples. Those even more determined to give back to the community have typically engaged in advocacy projects. Such advocacy projects include support of human rights projects both at home and abroad, dealing with matters that range from the abandonment of the death penalty to fair trade, and the eradication of various forms of racism.
KeywordsMiddle Class Fair Trade Religious Community North American Free Trade Agreement Class Struggle
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