"It's not because racism and discrimination no longer exist; that's still out there. It's just that in today's hyper-connected, hypercompetitive world, with a billion young people from China and India and Brazil entering the global workforce alongside you, nobody is going to give you anything you haven't earned." The "American Dream" of endlessly rising incomes wherever immigrant families first landed was a caricature. Intelligent US Americans of every generation worry about the future–theirs, their kids', and their country's–as well as want to get ahead. American risk-takers were invariably careful calculators.
—Les Horswill, posted on www.oecdobserver.org
©OECD Observer No 295, Q2 2013