Economist Joseph Stiglitz CHALLENGES what he calls a myth:
The gap between aspiration and reality could hardly be wider. Today, the United States has less equality of opportunity than almost any other advanced industrial country. Study after study has exposed the myth that America is a land of opportunity. This is especially tragic: While Americans may differ on the desirability of equality of outcomes, there is near-universal consensus that inequality of opportunity is indefensible. The Pew Research Center has found†that some 90 percent of Americans believe that the government should do everything it can to ensure equality of opportunity.