Biggest threat to the American way of life

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  1. Iscariot macrumors 68030

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    Colin Powell has this to say:

    So, in your opinion, what is the greatest threat(s) to the American (and also to an extent Canadian and perhaps the existing first world's) way of life?
     
  2. Blue Velvet Moderator emeritus

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    Financial collapse, resource scarcity and environmental changes. Or failing that, a nuclear war. Sleep tight.
     
  3. Thomas Veil macrumors 68020

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    1. Home-grown fascism.

    2. Runaway capitalism, particularly its heavy influence on government.
     
  4. EricNau Moderator emeritus

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    Biggest threat to the American way of life?

    Diets. :D
     
  5. Iscariot thread starter macrumors 68030

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    Cheeky!
     
  6. zimv20 macrumors 601

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    fear and the subsequent over-reaction.
     
  7. CorvusCamenarum macrumors 65816

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    I'm going to vote for the strangling destruction of the family. It's Marx's dream come true.
     
  8. dswoodley macrumors 6502a

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    Zimv! long time no read!

    The US must stop thinking it needs to micromanage the world. When that happens, the future might look a lot more promising.
     
  9. it5five macrumors 65816

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    Republican Americans.
     
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    The biggest threat to America.

    We could keep going around like this all night.
     
  12. dswoodley macrumors 6502a

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    ideologues, in general, I would say...
     
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    Hilarious, but funnily enough, true. Because your political system is paralysed by corporate and military-industrial interests who are quite happy to take public funds to feather their own nests.

    The corporate welfare state. More pork, anyone?
     
  15. dswoodley macrumors 6502a

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    Praying someone will spill hot coffee on you, dent your car, fail to mark the floor is wet - then, when you're injured, you can sue the holy hell out of them, buy that nice little resort in Cabo and retire on your hard-litigated millions. That's the American way of life today...
     
  16. imac/cheese macrumors 6502a

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    That made me laugh. The first thing I thought of was banning trans-fats.
     
  17. Ugg macrumors 68000

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    He inhabits a dream world.

    I think the rise of the oligarchs, not only in the US but around the world is the biggest threat to America.

    It's funny how corporate welfare is seen as empowering to many Americans even though it means higher prices and less control over their personal lives as well as higher taxes for the lower and middle classes.

    Some people just didn't pay attention in math class...
     
  18. leekohler macrumors G5

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    Is that what happened to Swarmy? :) I agree though- laissez-faire capitalism is the biggest threat at the moment. We need some balance.
     
  19. Stampyhead macrumors 68020

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    I second that...
     
  20. Blue Velvet Moderator emeritus

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    Could you please expand on that? Because I'm not sure where you are coming from with such an elliptical statement. Is your family being strangled? If so, by what exactly?
     
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    Yeah- I'd like some clarification as well. That can be misconstrued.
     
  22. Swarmlord macrumors 6502a

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    We function pretty well at the top of the world food chain for a country that's "paralysed".

    Military-industrial interests feathering their nests with public funds? Take a look at who imposed the zillion regulations and tests that every product that is sold to the government has to go through.
     
  23. Blue Velvet Moderator emeritus

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    But do you? Personally, I don't think the US is at the top of any 'food-chain'. It doesn't come at the top of life-expectancy, wealth per capita, nor even overall happiness or life-satisfaction.

    The use of the phrase 'food-chain' is very telling about how you see the world and those around you.

    All around the world, many nations are turning away from the US as a form of political or moral leader on so many issues, although I don't expect that to be so noticed in the insularity of much of what I hear. This thoughtful piece I was reading a few days ago sums up my feelings, and even though it's in The Guardian, it's no polemic. Give it a go.

    Edit: I also noted that your political system seems currently paralysed, not the country itself.
     

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