New York Times: Who’s Your Daddy?
Gus Wenner runs Rollingstone.com; his father gave him the job. But Jann Wenner, the magazine’s co-founder and publisher, was quick to assure critics of the appointment process that his son is terribly talented and had to prove himself before being given the reins.
A strong tie between adult outcomes and family background rubs Americans the wrong way. When the Pew Charitable Trusts conducted a nationally representative poll asking about the meaning of “the American dream,” some typical answers included: “Being free to say or do what you want” and “Being free to accomplish almost anything you want with hard work;” but also “Being able to succeed regardless of the economic circumstances in which you were born.”
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- Economic Mobility Project