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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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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861 91
The loss of common sense is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Scariest Threats to the United States
Yura added The loss of common sense

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2,419 473
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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2,055 399
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?

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2,140 435
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!

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1,236 217
Poorly Educated Electorate is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Scariest Threats to the United States
Oscar Gonzalez added Poorly Educated Electorate

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2,424 546
Disregarding Our Constitution is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Scariest Threats to the United States
Bootsdad added Disregarding Our Constitution

8
647 72
Ignorance is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Scariest Threats to the United States
mgutksoki added Ignorance

9
1,966 442
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

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642 85
Disinformation is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Scariest Threats to the United States
Dimos Dicoudis added Disinformation

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1,201 285
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.

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2,473 763
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
489 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

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1,657 548
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

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1,315 444
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

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1,029 345
Apathy is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Scariest Threats to the United States
RobLein added

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880 297
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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627 190
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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1,532 627
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. 

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1,956 831
Political Correctness is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Scariest Threats to the United States
AlexanderRay added Political Correctness

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478 130
Media bias is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Scariest Threats to the United States
Dimos Dicoudis added Media bias

22
351 79
Historical revisionism is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Scariest Threats to the United States
Dimos Dicoudis added Historical revisionism

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363 86
Anti-intellectualism is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Scariest Threats to the United States
Dimos Dicoudis added Anti-intellectualism

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918 374
Ranker Video
Pboy81 added Losing Reputation/Trust of Alliance Partners and Friendly Nations

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1,378 643
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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630 244
Oligarchy is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Scariest Threats to the United States
Dimos Dicoudis added

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376 118
Censorship is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Scariest Threats to the United States
Dimos Dicoudis added Censorship

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328 99
Injustice is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Scariest Threats to the United States
Dimos Dicoudis added Injustice

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507 211
Fake news is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Scariest Threats to the United States
Dimos Dicoudis added Fake news

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991 523
Cyber Attacks is listed (or ranked) 30 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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870 449
George Soros is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Scariest Threats to the United States
Tangy Tiger added

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1,288 751
Terrorism is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Scariest Threats to the United States
Terrorism Method of ideological warfare

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271 97
Bias is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Scariest Threats to the United States
Dimos Dicoudis added Bias

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285 118
Prejudice is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Scariest Threats to the United States
Dimos Dicoudis added Prejudice

35
248 104
Constitutional crisis is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Scariest Threats to the United States
Dimos Dicoudis added Constitutional crisis

36
878 557
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

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422 231
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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678 427
Pharmaceuticals is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Scariest Threats to the United States
AddWilson added Pharmaceuticals

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860 562
Corporations is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Scariest Threats to the United States
AlexanderRay added Corporations

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209 83
Conflict of interest is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Scariest Threats to the United States
Dimos Dicoudis added Conflict of interest

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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

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642 406
The Left Going Full Blown Comm... is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Scariest Threats to the United States
The Left Going Full Blown Commie

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317 165
Racism is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Scariest Threats to the United States
Dimos Dicoudis added Racism

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704 459
Drug Use is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Scariest Threats to the United States
AddWilson added Drug Use

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272 135
Human rights abuses is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Scariest Threats to the United States
Dimos Dicoudis added Human rights abuses

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604 389
Ourselves is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Scariest Threats to the United States
becquer added Ourselves

47
314 169
Anti-Americanism is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Scariest Threats to the United States
Dimos Dicoudis added Anti-Americanism

48
807 549
Illegal Immigration is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Scariest Threats to the United States
wawwhite1 added

49
633 418
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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299 166
Neo-Nazism is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Scariest Threats to the United States
Dimos Dicoudis added Neo-Nazism