If Americans want to live the American dream, they should go to Denmark.

Richard Wilkinson

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“How Economic Inequality Harms Societies.” TEDGlobal 2011. Jul. 2011. Conference Presentation.

Source: "How Economic Inequality Harms Societies." TEDGlobal 2011. Jul. 2011. Conference Presentation. Additional Information: With this quote, author Richard Wilkinson tells us that if you want the opportunity to earn a prosperous, happy life (i.e., live the "American Dream"), you have a better chance of doing this in Denmark than in America. Why is that? In the TED Talk that is the source of this quote, Wilkinson explains how the United States is mired in economic inequality, which makes it hard for people born without advantage to get ahead. Denmark is among the countries where there is less income inequality and more social mobility. Watch the full TED Talk here: Richard Wilkinson - How Economic Inequality Harms Society