An extended period of middle-class prosperity, increasingly eroded since Reagan, still nurtures a sense of an American equality unlike the entrenched class divides, economic and social, of Europe, although statistics show that only Chile, Mexico and Turkey have greater inequality than the US. This feeling that "we are not like them" is buried deep in the American cultural imaginary; only socialists and envious Losers talk of "class warfare." Aristocracy and peasantry are always elsewhere in the US psyche; Horatio Alger is the unconquerable American who always climbs the ladder, and hardship is always ended by social and economic mobility, which is also not factually verifiable. Thus, the class divide, no matter how ancient regime it becomes, is a topic willingly repressed by both parties.
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