To many people the American dream conjures images of homes with a car in every garage and a chicken in every pot. Owning your own home was the cornerstone of success in this country and the foundation for what many consider a ‘normal’ life. The challenge of making that dream a reality in 2016 depends largely on where you live. Out Of Reach, a program form from the National Low-Income Housing Coalition, takes a look at rent affordability across the country. The map below shows the average minimum hourly wage required by someone working at least 40 hours a week to rent a 2-bedroom home or apartment without spending more than 30% of their income.
A Princeton PhD, was a US diplomat for over 20 years, mostly in Eastern Europe, and was promoted to the Senior Foreign Service in 1997. For the Open World Leadership Center, he speaks with
its delegates from Europe/Eurasia on the topic, "E Pluribus Unum? What Keeps the United States United" (http://johnbrownnotesandessays.blogspot.com/2017/03/notes-and-references-for-discussion-e.html). Affiliated with Georgetown University (http://explore.georgetown.edu/people/jhb7/) for over ten years, he still shares ideas with students about public diplomacy.
The papers of his deceased father -- poet and diplomat John L. Brown -- are stored at Georgetown University Special Collections at the Lauinger Library. They are manuscript materials valuable to scholars interested in post-WWII U.S.-European cultural relations.
This blog is dedicated to him, Dr. John L. Brown, a remarkable linguist/humanist who wrote in the Foreign Service Journal (1964) -- years before "soft power" was ever coined -- that "The CAO [Cultural Affairs Officer] soon comes to realize that his job is really a form of love-making and that making love is never really successful unless both partners are participating."