Culture The Scariest Threats to the United States  

analise.dubner
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List Rules Only legitimate, large-scale threats to the fabric of society. No hate-speech, no single people or joke threats.

Lots of stuff to be scared of these days... more than usual, even in our normal fear-based-economy. The media and the pundits and the politicians love to find new things for you to be afraid of every time they want your attention or your votes or your money... but what do you think the REAL threats to America are? Vote up your biggest fears and re-rank the list in the order of most important to least important and make sure to ADD any scary stuff I missed.
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The loss of common sense is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Scariest Threats to the United States
Yura added The loss of common sense

2
2,148 385
America is Becoming Increasing... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Scariest Threats to the United States
AlexanderRay added America is Becoming Increasingly Divided and Polarized

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2,415 473
Politicians is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Scariest Threats to the United States
Politicians Our elected public servants may have started out wanting to change the world, but now they are just pandering, cowardly servants to whoever pays them the most.

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2,052 398
Money in Government is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Scariest Threats to the United States
Money in Government If our politicians and political parties are controlled by money, do they even bother to listen to anyone who doesn't have it?

5
2,136 433
Stupid People in Charge! is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Scariest Threats to the United States
icoachfb added Stupid People in Charge!

6
1,231 216
Poorly Educated Electorate is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Scariest Threats to the United States
Oscar Gonzalez added Poorly Educated Electorate

7
2,420 545
Disregarding Our Constitution is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Scariest Threats to the United States
Bootsdad added Disregarding Our Constitution

8
642 72
Ignorance is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Scariest Threats to the United States
mgutksoki added Ignorance

9
1,964 440
Death of the Middle Class is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Scariest Threats to the United States
AlexanderRay added Death of the Middle Class

10
639 85
Disinformation is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Scariest Threats to the United States
Dimos Dicoudis added Disinformation

11
1,196 284
Americans Seeing Something Wro... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Scariest Threats to the United States
Joshua Erickson added Americans Seeing Something Wrong, and Just Ignoring It.

12
2,468 759
The Media Itself is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Scariest Threats to the United States
The Media Itself They feed us whatever sells ad dollars and leave out whatever doesn't. 

13
486 71
The loss of common sense is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Scariest Threats to the United States
Yura added The loss of common sense

14
1,655 547
17 Trillion Dollar Debt is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Scariest Threats to the United States
AlexanderRay added 17 Trillion Dollar Debt

15
1,314 443
The Partisan Political System is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Scariest Threats to the United States
AlexanderRay added The Partisan Political System

16
1,027 345
Apathy is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Scariest Threats to the United States
RobLein added

17
878 296
Corporate Control of the Inter... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Scariest Threats to the United States
Stephen French added Corporate Control of the Internet

18
624 187
The Rise of Identity Politics is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Scariest Threats to the United States
The Rise of Identity Politics

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1,530 625
Poverty is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Scariest Threats to the United States
Poverty It's becoming harder and harder to get out of poverty as the middle class vanishes and the rich get richer. 

20
1,953 827
Political Correctness is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Scariest Threats to the United States
AlexanderRay added Political Correctness

21
475 130
Media bias is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Scariest Threats to the United States
Dimos Dicoudis added Media bias

22
350 78
Historical revisionism is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Scariest Threats to the United States
Dimos Dicoudis added Historical revisionism

23
357 86
Anti-intellectualism is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Scariest Threats to the United States
Dimos Dicoudis added Anti-intellectualism

24
918 373
Ranker Video
Pboy81 added Losing Reputation/Trust of Alliance Partners and Friendly Nations

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1,377 639
Moral Decline is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Scariest Threats to the United States
AlexanderRay added Moral Decline

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629 244
Oligarchy is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Scariest Threats to the United States
Dimos Dicoudis added

27
374 117
Censorship is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Scariest Threats to the United States
Dimos Dicoudis added Censorship

28
326 99
Injustice is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Scariest Threats to the United States
Dimos Dicoudis added Injustice

29
505 210
Fake news is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Scariest Threats to the United States
Dimos Dicoudis added Fake news

30
869 445
George Soros is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Scariest Threats to the United States
Tangy Tiger added

31
990 522
Cyber Attacks is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Scariest Threats to the United States
wbrownejr added Cyber Attacks International hackers messing up our financial system

32
1,286 750
Terrorism is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Scariest Threats to the United States
Terrorism Method of ideological warfare

33
269 97
Bias is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Scariest Threats to the United States
Dimos Dicoudis added Bias

34
282 118
Prejudice is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Scariest Threats to the United States
Dimos Dicoudis added Prejudice

35
247 104
Constitutional crisis is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Scariest Threats to the United States
Dimos Dicoudis added Constitutional crisis

36
874 556
Rampant Racism and Hatred Tear... is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Scariest Threats to the United States
Eicart added Rampant Racism and Hatred Tearing Country Apart

37
421 231
Goods Being Manufactured Elsew... is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Scariest Threats to the United States
RohanSrinivasan added Goods Being Manufactured Elsewhere!

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677 427
Pharmaceuticals is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Scariest Threats to the United States
AddWilson added Pharmaceuticals

39
859 562
Corporations is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Scariest Threats to the United States
AlexanderRay added Corporations

40
641 403
The Left Going Full Blown Comm... is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Scariest Threats to the United States
The Left Going Full Blown Commie

41
527 319
The Federal Reserve and our ma... is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Scariest Threats to the United States
Jim_In_Texas added

42
208 83
Conflict of interest is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Scariest Threats to the United States
Dimos Dicoudis added Conflict of interest

43
313 164
Racism is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Scariest Threats to the United States
Dimos Dicoudis added Racism

44
702 458
Drug Use is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Scariest Threats to the United States
AddWilson added Drug Use

45
271 134
Human rights abuses is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Scariest Threats to the United States
Dimos Dicoudis added Human rights abuses

46
312 167
Anti-Americanism is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Scariest Threats to the United States
Dimos Dicoudis added Anti-Americanism

47
603 389
Ourselves is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Scariest Threats to the United States
becquer added Ourselves

48
806 545
Illegal Immigration is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Scariest Threats to the United States
wawwhite1 added

49
632 417
The distribution of wealth is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Scariest Threats to the United States
Shawn Pearson added

I would argue that the greatest potential for social unrest in this country right now is the increasingly skewed distribution of wealth in this country.  Other social issues leading to social unrest like racism and radicalism of all types are at least, in part, fueled by a skewed distribution of wealth in almost any society.   

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479 306
Antifa is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Scariest Threats to the United States
Antifa