I was born, raised, and lived in the US until the age of twenty-four when a certain wanderlust took over. That thirst since quenched, I have settled in Poland, and now only occasionally visit the country. The result is a contrasting perspective whenever I visit: almost twenty years having passed, the US I grew up in is not the US I see now. Besides technology, one of the biggest differences is the erosion of the middle-class into the lower-class—the upper class absorbing the gap in wealth. On the surface you cannot see this: people still drive new cars and have the latest model cell phones. It’s the knowledge that banks actually own the majority of this is where the difference lies. The majority of Americans now living almost their entire lives in debt, a kind of neo-feudalism can be observed, bringing about the question: is the American Dream of owning the white picket fence, two car garage and a dog named Rover still alive? Noam Chomsky in his Requiem for the American Dream: The 10 Principles of Concentration of Wealth & Power (2016) takes his view.
A blunt critique of the American system, Requiem for the American Dream is a concise outlay of the American economic, financial, political, and social system as it stands today in relation to the past 100 years. Chomsky postulating that the few contrive to maintain political and economic power over the many, the scene framed is difficult to deny. Citing quotes from writers of the constitution all the way to Donald Trump, Chomsky lays down the ten principles he believes are key to ensuring the system predominantly benefits those in power. From another perspective, it is Chomsky’s views distilled into the most basic elements.