Controversial Canadian author Steve Marche shares his view “That we are not all created equal” in his monthly column – “A Thousand Words about Our Culture” – in the January 2012 of Esquire magazine. Here is a taste of his view – then read on for the reasons behind the view. He assails both the United States and Great Britain in his take on wealth, the class system and the truth about both.
…But nobody wants to admit: If your daddy was rich, you’re gonna stay rich, and if your daddy was poor, you’re gonna stay poor. Every instinct in the American gut, every institution, every national symbol, runs on the idea that anybody can make it; the only limits are your own limits. Which is an amazing idea, a gift to the world — just no longer true. Culturally, and in their daily lives, Americans continue to glide through a ghostly land of opportunity they can’t bear to tell themselves isn’t real. It’s the most dangerous lie the country tells itself.