Here then was a group of 18–22 year olds with a sense that they could shape their own destiny.

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I wonder if the sense that they control their destinies is a function of their careerist orientation, a more general function of their age, or an enduring aspect of the American Dream that still prevails even in difficult economic times.

Paula Marantz Cohen, juxtaposing the verve of youth with a recession-hit America. Read.