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The Scariest Threats to the United States

Updated August 14, 2020 292.2k votes 10.5k voters 130.7k views660 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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    3,360
    336

    Disinformation

  • 2
    4,970
    646

    America is Becoming Increasingly Divided and Polarized

  • 3
    1,712
    198
  • 4
    4,211
    638

    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
    3,573
    531

    Poorly Educated Electorate

  • 6
    4,754
    737

    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
    4,486
    758

    Stupid People in Charge!

  • 8
    4,594
    783

    Disregarding Our Constitution

  • 9
    1,366
    191
  • 10
    3,117
    589

    Americans Seeing Something Wrong, and Just Ignoring It.

  • 11
    3,839
    761

    Death of the Middle Class

  • 12
    1,866
    355

    Historical revisionism

  • 13
    1,913
    374

    Anti-intellectualism

  • 14
    2,309
    493

    Media bias

  • 15
    1,126
    222

    Concentration of media ownership‎

  • 16
    1,331
    277

    Hate Media

  • 17
    2,672
    641

    The Partisan Political System

  • 18
    1,997
    514

    The Rise of Identity Politics

  • 19
    3,074
    851

    17 Trillion Dollar Debt

  • 20
    4,041
    1,179

    The Media Itself

    They feed us whatever sells ad dollars and leave out whatever doesn't. 
  • 21
    2,145
    611
  • 22
    1,334
    384

    Injustice

  • 23
    1,955
    600

    Corporate Control of the Internet

  • 24
    2,528
    830

    Poverty

    It's becoming harder and harder to get out of poverty as the middle class vanishes and the rich get richer. 
  • 25
    1,751
    577

    Fake news