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The Scariest Threats to the United States

Updated May 15, 2021 260.5k votes 10.5k voters 131.4k views572 items

List RulesOnly 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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    3,073
    311

    Disinformation

  • 2
    4,601
    610

    America is Becoming Increasingly Divided and Polarized

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    1,600
    188
  • 4
    3,913
    598

    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
    3,302
    499

    Poorly Educated Electorate

  • 6
    4,407
    701

    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.
  • 7
    4,156
    718

    Stupid People in Charge!

  • 8
    4,277
    742

    Disregarding Our Constitution

  • 9
    1,289
    175
  • 10
    2,873
    554

    Americans Seeing Something Wrong, and Just Ignoring It.

  • 11
    3,562
    716

    Death of the Middle Class

  • 12
    1,711
    333

    Historical revisionism

  • 13
    1,753
    346

    Anti-intellectualism

  • 14
    2,124
    458

    Media bias

  • 15
    1,051
    208

    Concentration of media ownership‎

  • 16
    1,229
    258

    Hate Media

  • 17
    2,492
    600

    The Partisan Political System

  • 18
    1,864
    481

    The Rise of Identity Politics

  • 19
    2,866
    803

    17 Trillion Dollar Debt

  • 20
    3,768
    1,119

    The Media Itself

    They feed us whatever sells ad dollars and leave out whatever doesn't. 
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    1,987
    573
  • 22
    1,236
    355

    Injustice

  • 23
    1,815
    566

    Corporate Control of the Internet

  • 24
    2,360
    791

    Poverty

    It's becoming harder and harder to get out of poverty as the middle class vanishes and the rich get richer. 
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    1,628
    533

    Fake news