Culture The Scariest Threats to the United States  

analise.dubner
115.2k votes 5.2k voters 88.6k views 843 items

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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America is Becoming Increasing... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Scariest Threats to the United States
AlexanderRay added America is Becoming Increasingly Divided and Polarized

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2,053 445
Politicians is listed (or ranked) 2 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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1,731 357
Money in Government is listed (or ranked) 3 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?

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1,779 377
Stupid People in Charge! is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Scariest Threats to the United States
icoachfb added Stupid People in Charge!

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2,091 489
Disregarding Our Constitution is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Scariest Threats to the United States
Bootsdad added Disregarding Our Constitution

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1,672 385
Death of the Middle Class is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Scariest Threats to the United States
AlexanderRay added Death of the Middle Class

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925 171
Poorly Educated Electorate is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Scariest Threats to the United States
Oscar Gonzalez added Poorly Educated Electorate

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502 63
The loss of common sense is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Scariest Threats to the United States
Yura added The loss of common sense

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2,167 654
The Media Itself is listed (or ranked) 9 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. 

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965 236
Americans Seeing Something Wro... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Scariest Threats to the United States
Joshua Erickson added Americans Seeing Something Wrong, and Just Ignoring It.

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377 49
Ignorance is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Scariest Threats to the United States
mgutksoki added Ignorance

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1,441 486
17 Trillion Dollar Debt is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Scariest Threats to the United States
AlexanderRay added 17 Trillion Dollar Debt

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383 60
Disinformation is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Scariest Threats to the United States
Dimos Dicoudis added Disinformation

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1,118 402
The Partisan Political System is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Scariest Threats to the United States
AlexanderRay added The Partisan Political System

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1,729 732
Political Correctness is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Scariest Threats to the United States
AlexanderRay added Political Correctness

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864 313
Apathy is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Scariest Threats to the United States
RobLein added

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732 255
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

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1,374 582
Poverty is listed (or ranked) 18 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. 

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482 142
The Rise of Identity Politics is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Scariest Threats to the United States
The Rise of Identity Politics

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293 49
The loss of common sense is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Scariest Threats to the United States
Yura added The loss of common sense

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788 330
Ranker Video
Pboy81 added Losing Reputation/Trust of Alliance Partners and Friendly Nations

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1,231 576
Moral Decline is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Scariest Threats to the United States
AlexanderRay added Moral Decline

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335 91
Media bias is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Scariest Threats to the United States
Dimos Dicoudis added Media bias

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525 219
Oligarchy is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Scariest Threats to the United States
Dimos Dicoudis added

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741 361
George Soros is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Scariest Threats to the United States
Tangy Tiger added

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364 143
Fake news is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Scariest Threats to the United States
Dimos Dicoudis added Fake news

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227 61
Historical revisionism is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Scariest Threats to the United States
Dimos Dicoudis added Historical revisionism

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875 493
Cyber Attacks is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Scariest Threats to the United States
wbrownejr added Cyber Attacks International hackers messing up our financial system

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256 85
Censorship is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Scariest Threats to the United States
Dimos Dicoudis added Censorship

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1,165 700
Terrorism is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Scariest Threats to the United States
Terrorism Method of ideological warfare

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222 73
Injustice is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Scariest Threats to the United States
Dimos Dicoudis added Injustice

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205 64
Anti-intellectualism is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Scariest Threats to the United States
Dimos Dicoudis added Anti-intellectualism

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518 294
The Left Going Full Blown Comm... is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Scariest Threats to the United States
The Left Going Full Blown Commie

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466 267
The Federal Reserve and our ma... is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Scariest Threats to the United States
Jim_In_Texas added

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342 179
Goods Being Manufactured Elsew... is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Scariest Threats to the United States
RohanSrinivasan added Goods Being Manufactured Elsewhere!

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683 442
Illegal Immigration is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Scariest Threats to the United States
wawwhite1 added

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772 511
Corporations is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Scariest Threats to the United States
AlexanderRay added Corporations

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391 221
Antifa is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Scariest Threats to the United States
Antifa

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190 69
Bias is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Scariest Threats to the United States
Dimos Dicoudis added Bias

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736 502
Rampant Racism and Hatred Tear... is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Scariest Threats to the United States
Eicart added Rampant Racism and Hatred Tearing Country Apart

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578 392
Pharmaceuticals is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Scariest Threats to the United States
AddWilson added Pharmaceuticals

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536 360
Ourselves is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Scariest Threats to the United States
becquer added Ourselves

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600 413
Drug Use is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Scariest Threats to the United States
AddWilson added Drug Use

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510 343
Participation Trophies is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Scariest Threats to the United States
Ryan Campbell added Participation Trophies

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988 738
Socialism is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Scariest Threats to the United States
AlexanderRay added Socialism

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993 747
Modern Feminism is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Scariest Threats to the United States
devil.survivor1997 added Modern Feminism Good ideals turned into a man-hating club

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186 81
Prejudice is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Scariest Threats to the United States
Dimos Dicoudis added Prejudice

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682 503
Nuclear War is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Scariest Threats to the United States
AlexanderRay added Nuclear War

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168 73
Constitutional crisis is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Scariest Threats to the United States
Dimos Dicoudis added Constitutional crisis

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523 376
The distribution of wealth is listed (or ranked) 50 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.