In the United States, more basic than the Constitution is the belief that an individual working hard and being honest can get ahead. Although it’s called the social contract, it’s often just called the American Dream. As James Truslow Adams wrote in 1931, “Life should be better and richer for everyone, with opportunity for each according to ability or achievement regardless of social class or circumstances of birth.”
Click on links in list for individual posts.
- The Social Contract, Crime, and Opportunity. The fundamentals and the shortcomings.
- Status Quo and Political Inertia. To fix problems, change is required, yet resistance is immediate,
- Flash Mob and the Social Contract. Sometimes the contract stretches; sometimes it breaks.
- Gross Inequity & Social Contract. Let’s allow differences, but galactic gulfs.
- Creative Destruction and the Social Contract. Free markets exalt creative destruction by overlooking prices that businesses don’t pay.
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