This is from a document
at the Library of Congress online:
What is the American Dream?
James Truslow Adams, in his book The Epic of America, which was written in 1931, stated that the American dream is "that dream of a land in which life should be better and richer and fuller for everyone, with opportunity for each according to ability or achievement. It is a difficult dream for the European upper classes to interpret adequately, and too many of us ourselves have grown weary and mistrustful of it. It is not a dream of motor cars and high wages merely, but a dream of social order in which each man and each woman shall be able to attain to the fullest stature of which they are innately capable, and be recognized by others for what they are, regardless of the fortuitous circumstances of birth or position." (p.214-215)
The authors of the United States’ Declaration of Independence held certain truths to be self-evident: that all Men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness." Might this sentiment be considered the foundation of the American Dream?
So, which of the above defy Christianity, Orthodox or otherwise?
Debating about "The American Dream" is silly because, as Stuart already noted, anybody can come up with their own definition of what it means and then knock it down.
I think Scotty hits the nail squarely on the head when he notes that true capitalism is most ideal because it ensures the greatest amount of individual liberty.
Why is that important?
Check in on the thread about the government compelling Catholic and Orthodox institutions to fund abortion through their insurance. The bishops are now decrying the violation of their liberty in the pulpit of our churches.
Do I really need to put all these pieces together?
Once your money is taken from you, where do you presume the Department of Health and Human Services is going to "redistribute" it?
Contrast that to the money that we *voluntarily* give to our Churches. That money is indeed redistributed as well, and in a manner that is, in fact, in line with Christian teaching.
Redistribution of wealth is Christian when it is done voluntarily via the Church - not when it is done under compulsion of a secular State.