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FEATURING JOHN FUGELSANG – A Washington Post article in mid-October entitled, “Poor kids who do everything right don’t do better than rich kids who do everything wrong,” points out the fallacy of the “American Dream.” Wealthy Americans are so much more capable of giving their children an edge in educational and employment arenas, that, no matter how hard poor children work, no matter how smart they may be, they almost never reach the heights occupied by the nation’s most privileged.

That idea is the basis of a new documentary by political comedian John Fugelsang. Fugelsang went on a road trip retracing the path of the great French philosopher and student of American democracy, Alexis De Toqueville. What he found confirms our suspicions that there is no such thing as a meritocracy in the US.

Watch the documentary on PBS, or visit for more information about the movie.

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John Fugelsang, actor, political comedian, whose new film Dream On follows him on a road trip across the US to examine if the “American Dream” still exists.

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