The “American Dream” is one hell of a drug.

Pamela L. Gay, Ph.D.
10 min readDec 30, 2022

NB: This essay is going to be a bit rambly as I explore issues of workforce, economics, and how it all plays out in academics. If this essay isn’t something you’re enjoying, please explore other articles / essays.

Sometimes it is easier to see structural issues as they affect a society than it is to see how they affect one person — yourself — in particular. I have spoken out many times about the problem with the great American myth that if a person works hard enough, they are capable of becoming anything. The reality is, sometimes no work is needed; you…

Pamela L. Gay, Ph.D.

Astronomer, technologist, & creative focused on using new media to engage people in learning and doing science. Opinions & typos my own.