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12:39:06 AM Nov 29th 2013
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There was a professor I had who has an even more cynical view of the American Dream than was proposed here: She argues that the American Dream is a means of "cultural imperialism." That is, the American Dream is a way of Americanizing other cultures, thus making it easier for American businesses to take hold in foreign countries. The American Dream is part of a propaganda machine fed to people of other countries to show how great it is to live in the United States so that, if they choose to remain in their countries, will at least be more willing for Americanization of their lands.

She doesn't say that the American Dream is impossible, as there are ample cases of it happening, but she says that for an immigrant to do so, they must give up their ties to their homelands and become, well, an American. (Any time an immigrant willingly tries to be more American, she believes it's the aforementioned propaganda machine deceiving them. Needless to say, she values cultural conservation VERY highly, particularly those of third-world countries, and she sees globalization as the greatest threat to their existence.)

She is not the only one I've met who champions this viewpoint, but I've not heard it anywhere outside the San Francisco Bay Area. Is it worth including in this article, or is it so rare and so extremist that it's best left excluded?
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