This overall downturn shows that where economic growth once was the new frontier, it must now be replaced by something else, and the author suggests that a growth in happiness and responsibility will have to replace our need to believe that our opportunities continue to expand.
The auther is speaking to the American public with the intent to inform and warn them that without a change the America we know and love may not survive into the future.
Even with the shift towards having more monetarily rather than the physical aspect, the frontier continues to be a part of who we are as Americans.
The American idea of the frontier shifted from the literal physical form, such as land, to that of the economy. Scale overweighs quality, success surpasses decency. If almost all of its effort was focused on expanding and accumulating throughout its history, how can America change its ideals even if it is forced to?
One specific example Shames uses is of a speculator named Sanborn who built the town of Amarillo and succeeded in attracting the railroads and earning himself a fortune.
With this came the renowned American optimism which has become an integral part of our culture. Although Shames does a good job describing this problem, he could go much deeper by either offering or describing a probable solution or even what the consequences could be if we do not make a change.
We view our economy as ever expanding in opportunity and wealth but in reality that growth has become stagnant at best and has even shrunk in recent times. Readings on Popular Culture for Writers. Productivity in the private sector between and on average advanced 3.
Dreams of the frontier, opportunity, and the idea of more have been at the core of American ideals from the very beginning. The passage goes on and describes how speculators would risk all they had to build a town from scratch in the middle of nowhere, hiring workmen to build saloons, churches, hotels and more, then bribing people to move to the town for a short period of time in hopes that railroad companies would be lured into passing a railroad through if it succeeded in casting a semblance of a real town.
The use of economics as our new frontier was hailed as an unending prospect, but in reality that end did come. In order to have more, growing is necessary and Americans have always found a way to do this.
But it looked like that the possibility for growth was declining, with the productivity growth decreasing in the latter half of the century. First, it was the unexplored land of the West and after all that had been taken, people turned to the economy.
The seemingly, never-ending expanse enabled people to take enormous risk, which they hoped would return enormous riches, and even if their gamble did not work out, they would still be able to rebuild what they had lost.
To conclude, I would ask Shames what he believe would end up taking the place of the American dream of having more. Because of the great emphasis on growth, "Americans have been somewhat backward in adopting values, hope, ambitions that have to do with things other than more" Shames declares.
What else can we turn to? After the frontier had been claimed, the economy became the vehicle of growth during the twentieth century. Over time these ideals and their growth have shifted from that of the physical world to that of economic expansion. The crippled growth average during this period was also accompanied by the shrinking of Americans real earnings between the ages of twenty-five and thirty-four in the years of to by 14 percent.In the story The More Factor, Laurence Shames explains that the having more has always been the American’s frontier.
Shames says “Americans economy is the frontier.” This quote shows that since the ’s, Americans have been buying land and building empty lands for a purpose. Read “The More Factor,” by Laurence Shames and evaluate the arguments presented by the author in the essay while also describing the flaws in the arguments and stating how they can be improved.
Teddy Baird Nancy Trimm English September 23, Summary and Response Essay I agree with Laurence Shames in the More Factor that the concept of people always wanting more and more can take away from their overall moral basis; although I agree I do not think it applies for most people/5(1).
In the essay “The More Factor,” author Laurence Shames honestly presents the backstory of America in desperate need of more. Shames begins with an illustration from the s, in which large amounts of land in Texas would be developed into towns with unnecessary accessories. Shames, "The More Factor” In “The More Factor” Laurence Shames, attempts to make a connection between the perceived attitude of most Americans that “More.
The More Factor In this essay, Laurence Shames talks about how America is obsessed with the concept of growth and having more. During the Wild West years, the abundance of land gave people opportunities to achieve better lives.Download