In Reply to: Re: why? posted by blue_flower on October 12, 2001 at 23:53:39:
: Sure, lots of poor people believe that if you work hard and save you will make it. If they have done this and did not make it then they often blame it on bad luck but still believe the system works. Don't you think so?
: : From the last class it seemed as though neo-classical theory does not address the system of slavery. They asume that the government was involved to much, and that is why slavery continued to exist. how do they see that the government is to blame? and not the slave owners themslves. The neo-classical theory seems to work for the privliged and rich and not the poor. Why would a poor person belive in the neo-classical theory?
: : Has anyone met a neo-classical poor or underprivilliged person?
I would have to say that I agree with blue flower. I think perhaps the very wealthy citizens of our country would like to mantain the system, because they benefit from it. But, I think the reality of it is that the Neoclassical theory is embedded into our culture. It has become a form of identification for our highly diverse and complex nation. I think not only the rich, but all classes are disillusioned with the "American dream", a life where all are equal to achieve if they put forth hardwork.
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