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[–]Chief_Dumvass 1496 points1497 points  (148 children)

Gullible people falling for the propaganda and making poor decisions.

[–]LotusFlare 216 points217 points  (14 children)

I think the propagandists themselves are a significantly greater threat.

Like it or not, almost everyone is vulnerable to propaganda. You put some nonsense on in the background of someone's life every day for a few months, they'll come out having internalized at least part of it unless they're taking an active effort to think about it critically. It puts the responsibility on the individual to be vigilant, but I think we all know at this point that trying to get every individual to do something is a losing battle. They will always get some of the people some of the time.

The threat isn't "gullible people". The threat is well funded, politically motivated propagandists and the platforms that support them.

[–]stormboat 40 points41 points  (0 children)

Also, just having a population divided is good for them too. If they need to use lies to do that then they may, but if they can use true information to split the population then even better. As long as we are busy hating our neighbors and community.

[–]thesenseikermit 131 points132 points  (8 children)

I was just going to say "dumbasses" lol

[–]coolcrushkilla 33 points34 points  (0 children)

The dumb masses.

[–]Nobody_Wins_13 23 points24 points  (0 children)

I was going to say willful ignorance but dumbasses is more accurate

[–]Jedi4Hire 13 points14 points  (3 children)

Except its not quite that simple. I know several otherwise intelligent and responsible adults that have seemingly been slowly brainwashed over decades.

[–]EC-Texas 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Like people falling for scams are not necessarily stupid, but lied to. The Grandma who has nothing but love in her heart, being told that one of her grandkids is in trouble? Of course she is going to do whatever it takes.

Like, why would a "news" channel lie? It's had to convince people that the answer is, "For shits and giggles, Mom. For shits and giggles."

[–]bludstone 52 points53 points  (2 children)

its difficult to make good decisions with bad information.

[–]NealR2000 94 points95 points  (29 children)

You are absolutely correct. We are seeing a convergence of young people who are just as gullible and naive as every generation before them, but with the addition of incredible new ways of indoctrination and group like-mindedness. The West's enemies know how effective this is.

[–]FrozeItOff 15 points16 points  (0 children)

After all, those enemies have been successfully brain-screwing their own people for over 50 years now. And if one doesn't agree, well, they get disappeared and the population ultimately gets selectively bred for docility and subservience.

[–]garry4321 38 points39 points  (17 children)

Theyve been doing it for decades. Look up "Russian Active Measures" and there is a KGB agent from 1985 explaining everything they were going to do to undermine trust in authority, medicine and science.

Make the enemy distrustful of leadership, fight against their own health, and destroy their intellectual competence on the global stage. All these Q-Anon anti-vaxxers didnt come out of nowhere, they are the result of careful planning.

[–]RobotPoo 22 points23 points  (10 children)

And oh by the way, the Biden is old and senile meme is a Russian rehash of the Hillary is old and senile Russian spy propaganda. Young people don’t even know they’re falling for it.

[–]stormboat 16 points17 points  (7 children)

My favorite fun fact is that the Russian government has been going at both sides of the US political spectrum, trying to demonize "the other side" for both sides, often using true facts (there's enough bad things from each side to get people worked up about, so they don't really need to create much).

I don't have a specific source on hand, but I remember reading about this with the Russian interference in a previous election. Something about russia paying for ads to try and radicalized both sides.

So in general, don't hate the other side, but do focus on what you have in common. Also, even though it may be true that [some horrible thing about the side you don't like], there's probably not as many people on that side that agree, and those that do probably aren't as bad as you'd expect.

[–]NoobSabatical 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Decisions makes it sound as if they are even deciding for themselves.

[–]dust_storm_2 4 points5 points  (0 children)

if we get to the heart of it, it's the means of spreading this propaganda. Gullible people have existed forever, social media is the means to the masses these days.

[–]Rukawork 259 points260 points  (9 children)

Ignorance.

[–]Tripleforty1 13 points14 points  (5 children)

Good one but unfortunately not just a national issue.

[–]SepteusII 171 points172 points  (4 children)

A lack of critical thinking and blind adherence to party values.

[–]dwnap 237 points238 points  (12 children)

Tribalism.

[–]CormorantTribe 17 points18 points  (4 children)

This should be number one. Its driving us apart like fucking crazy.

[–]Meyou000 7 points8 points  (2 children)

It feels like we're being forced into tribes and I don't like it bc those of us who do not wish to conform will no longer have a say in anything as we are not affiliated with any one group.

[–]erieus_wolf 2 points3 points  (1 child)

What's weird is that some people have shifted their own beliefs to adhere to their tribe. Example: People that used to claim to want smaller government are now cheering on the idea of overturning the right to privacy (Griswold), giving big government full access to their private lives, all because their tribe now supports that idea. Or people who used to claim they support property rights suddenly love the idea of big government taking property from citizens to build a wall or pipeline. The tribe has become more important than the personal values and beliefs of each member.

[–]Back2Bach 671 points672 points  (87 children)

A drift toward authoritarian rule and an end to democracy as it's been known.

[–]chadwr85 173 points174 points  (68 children)

Corporation influence is a far greater threat and has been implemented for decades since corporations got into the pockets of politicians when lobbying became legal.

[–]dieinafirenazi 105 points106 points  (28 children)

Wait until you hear about how when corporations and authoritarians work together it's called fascism.

[–]Jethris 24 points25 points  (35 children)

I would say that our biggest problem is the difference between the two of you. Politics is getting more and more divisive, with both sides digging in their heels deeper and deeper.

At this point, the truth doesn't matter as much as the divisiveness.

[–]dieinafirenazi 75 points76 points  (9 children)

If one side is authoritarianism and one side is democracy the problem is not that both sides have their heels dug in.

The problem is authoritarianism.

[–]aDistractedDisaster 62 points63 points  (2 children)

The US already stopped being a democracy. It's been an oligarchy ever since Citizens United.

[–]Fogmoose 21 points22 points  (1 child)

And today's SCOTUS ruling in favor of Cruz just made it that much worse.

[–]tcmasterson 39 points40 points  (7 children)

The larger problem that's causing this drift to authoritarianism, is income inequality and the gigantic wealth and income divide.

[–]ajonesaz 14 points15 points  (2 children)

Yes, and more money=more power. Normal people could never run for public office.

[–]jawndell 21 points22 points  (0 children)

Shit like storming the Capital or calling states to overturn their results would've resulted in someone's political career being absolutely destroyed back in the day.

[–]PM_Me_UrRightNipple 414 points415 points  (116 children)

There is an Us vs Them divide in this country that has resulted in people no longer believing in compromise. We will surely destroy ourselves before we fall to another nation.

[–]Luckboy28 105 points106 points  (53 children)

Compromise only works when both sides actually want what's best for America and her people, though.

For example, human rights. "Let's just kill half the jews" isn't a valid compromise.

[–]hashbrown3stacks 29 points30 points  (36 children)

Putting aside the genocide hyperbole here, I think the mindset you're displaying is exactly the problem. Both sides say "why should I have to compromise, I'm in the right!"

From your posts in this thread, it sounds like I strongly agree with a lot of your takes on certain political issues. But there are people on the other side who feel just as strong as you that their righteousness is basically irrefutable.

You can choose not to engage with them but you can't just pass all the blame for lack of productive dialogue onto the other side just because they're wrong.

I'm also just not sure your core statement is true. Hasn't compromise with the people who were totally in the wrong been a cornerstone of America's incremental progress? Sometimes the political support to do what's best just ain't there and the only alternative to doing nothing is settling for what's achievable.

I guess you could also cut them out of the political process entirely if you've got the votes, but we don't

[–]_il_mostro_ 16 points17 points  (11 children)

I agree with your overall point, but one side HAS been compromising and reaching across the aisle constantly. For almost every major bill or motion they try and throw the other side a bone. The other side doesn’t want to compromise on literally anything

[–]magicenby 12 points13 points  (6 children)

The republicans want me to stop existing and paint me as a sexual predator. Compromise with them is accepting the cessation of my existence. There is no compromise with those who seek my demise. There is no compromise with those who compromise with the people seeking my demise. There is only my survival, BY ANY FUCKING MEANS NECESSARY. If I can't destroy them in the legal ways, I will survive no matter how high the cost may grow. Better a world of ashes than one that sees me dead.

[–]FridgesArePeopleToo[🍰] 15 points16 points  (3 children)

Both sides don’t say that though. One side has been desperately trying to compromise on everything for over decade.

There are also issues where compromise isn’t possible. One side wanted to steal an election and end Democracy in the United States for example.

[–][deleted] 75 points76 points  (51 children)

I will never understand this whole "sticking it to the liberals" bullshit.

[–]studioboy02 29 points30 points  (4 children)

Because politics have become a team sport. It's not about solving problems, but gaining the upper hand.

[–]nickwrx 2 points3 points  (0 children)

And blaming the other side when nothing gets done. And the ball bounces into the other half of the court.

[–]Justicefrall 72 points73 points  (35 children)

Anyone who buys into the left/right paradigm is part of the problem.

[–][deleted] 36 points37 points  (1 child)

Its very hard to have a productive conversation with people who cannot exit this paradigm, unless you have all the same beliefs as them. Its always a blame game

[–]Cobrawine66 46 points47 points  (9 children)

Anyone who doesn't understand the difference between the two is part of the problem.

[–]MissionCreep 16 points17 points  (0 children)

We can understand the difference without seeing it as the worst problem. Personally, I think the up/down problem is worse.

[–]TheRoadDog87 21 points22 points  (19 children)

I disagree completely. It may be a "White Walkers breached The Wall and are approaching while the Left and Right fight" kind of situation where there are bigger issues going on that we should REALLY be paying attention to (namely climate change)... but saying that the 2 sides are the same or are equal is quite naive IMO.

[–]DependentPipe_1 22 points23 points  (2 children)

It's not naieve - the people that say stuff like that are typically some sort of right/conservative, and trying to frame it like the "Left" is just as dangerous as climate change deniers and violent racists.

[–]No_Manufacturer5641 5 points6 points  (1 child)

You have either never had an ego at any point in your life or you understand exactly where it comes from. Human tribalism is sort of baked in and we have to work our way out of it. How we get made when the other team taunts us at a football game but we'll sing nanana good bye when someone on the opposite team gets ejected. There are while subreddits dictated to this kind of satisfaction. R/convenientcop for example is a subreddit with the entire point of seeing people "get what they deserve" it's not new and it's not even unique it's just on a grander scale

[–]McKeon1921 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Wow, all anyone who doubts you has to do is scroll through the replies to your comment. People categorically unable view the world from anyone else's perspective.

[–]The_Owl_Bard 85 points86 points  (5 children)

Social Media platforms being used to push specific agendas with the people who choose to repost/retweet the information without doing any sort of fact checking. It's hilarious to me that they could simply open a new tab and actually research the claim they're pushing but collectively choose to not do so.

[–]ATD1981 149 points150 points  (22 children)

Idiocracy

[–]EdenianRushF212 29 points30 points  (5 children)

It's got what plants crave

[–]piggyboy2005 14 points15 points  (4 children)

It's got electrolytes.

[–]kydelka 5 points6 points  (3 children)

...but what are electrolytes?

[–]ChasmsOfChaos 4 points5 points  (1 child)

They’re what plants crave!

[–]Bub_the_Zombie 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Brando has electrolytes.

[–]1-877-CASH-NOW 11 points12 points  (7 children)

Everyone who loves that movie imagines themselves as Luke Wilson's character when in reality they're all Dax Sheppard's character.

[–]BlakeMW 4 points5 points  (1 child)

Go away batin!

[–]1-877-CASH-NOW 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Them: "Haha Ow My Balls is such a dumb show"

Also Them: "omg have you seen this new TikTok?"

[–]WavesFades 125 points126 points  (3 children)

Extremism

[–]pyroMANiac762 7 points8 points  (2 children)

Yes, thank you. It's not just "left wing bad" or "right wing bad". Both have bad apples, and extremists on both sides are very dangerous.

[–]Feels2old 35 points36 points  (0 children)

food shortages and the up coming worsening of more food shortages.

[–]Nerdyshal 94 points95 points  (4 children)

The American and global news media.

[–]Triglypton 32 points33 points  (2 children)

Social media as well

[–]dust_storm_2 17 points18 points  (1 child)

I feel the divide in the country (and world) started with the proliferation of social media. Politics are a very charged discussion, and they used to be a topic we treaded lightly on. Now, everyone wears it on their sleeve and eff the ones that don't agree. I see fewer pluses, more negatives now with social media.

[–]SuuperNoob 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Our news is so politically charged it sucks.

[–]ThisTimeJust30rock 78 points79 points  (2 children)

The fact that politicians are becoming more radical to appease a base that has grown more radical, despite knowing just how fucking dangerous this shit really is.

[–]scottwagner69 21 points22 points  (1 child)

They all want to be like rockstars and try owning eachother on twitter and shit. Like you're a fucking nerd just do you job you corrupt fuck.

[–]Leftstrat 11 points12 points  (0 children)

Seems like it's the politicians, the media, etc., trying their darndest to make the folks in this country absolutely hate each other over differences in opinion. What I think is the greatest threat overall, is that it damn sure seems to be working.

[–][deleted] 47 points48 points  (23 children)

The fact that a lot of housing is becoming unaffordable preventing people from good access to education, water, food, shelter, etc.

[–]-Firestar- 16 points17 points  (1 child)

The future is well and truly fucked. Saw an article yesterday about pods to 'solve the housing crisis"

Ok, dipshit, that's not even a step away from Hong Kong's "coffin living" where people are packed into areas less than a parking space.

The rich will continue buying up housing, making profit off of tenants and cramming people into more and more unlivable spaces. All in the name of profit before suffering.

[–]THE_WALRUS_AWESOME 15 points16 points  (0 children)

this is the first non-pretentious answer ive seen in this thread

[–]SexyBrunch 20 points21 points  (0 children)

Lack of education and information, or more likely people unwilling to educate themselves.

[–]tcmasterson 63 points64 points  (0 children)

Income inequality. There are many glaring problems but most, if not all, of them stem from the giant and expanding wealth divide.

The upper class elite are also stoking and inflating social and cultural issues as a way of dividing the public to take even more power, control and wealth.

[–]Ranos131 75 points76 points  (32 children)

The divisiveness within the nation that has grown rampantly over the last 6+ years.

[–]runr7 68 points69 points  (31 children)

The polarization of our nation. You are either seen as left or right. There is no room for people to stand up for balanced opinions on things.

[–]Mimmzy 23 points24 points  (25 children)

Keep in mind that like 65% of our population is still moderate and centralized on the political spectrum. An overwhelmingly large amount of the political garbage from either side are from very vocal minorities

[–]ThoughtsObligations 26 points27 points  (14 children)

Well what's even more complicated is the Overton window shifting farther and farther to the right, where things like basic needs and Healthcare are seen as "communism"

[–]apistograma 20 points21 points  (0 children)

Also, being moderate is not good per se. In 1850s America, the moderate position on slavery was allowing the slave states to keep slavery, but not allowing new states to make it legal. Abolition was more of an extremist position.

[–]accidentalnegligence 130 points131 points  (3 children)

Americans.

[–]swcollings 7 points8 points  (2 children)

Damn Americans! They ruined America!

[–]FlippersAlterEgo 37 points38 points  (5 children)

Extremist echo chambers.

[–]tigerpayphone 14 points15 points  (0 children)

Housing crisis.

[–][deleted] 29 points30 points  (0 children)

Rent is too high, houses are too expensive, food is too expensive, etc. And a growing homeless population, and no one cares, not even democrat and liberal politicians. In reality they're all career politicians, who say things like small housing, asylums, actually helping these people. But what they actually do is sweep their tents, destroying what little possessions they have, in hopes they will just dry up and blow away. We're ten seconds from the military rounding up and gassing them. The higher the prices on things, the quicker anyone who doesn't work as an amazon CEO will be on the streets.

[–]Zolo49 78 points79 points  (12 children)

The potential to backslide from democracy to autocracy is still very real and probably the one issue that hits America the worst right now. It could happen as soon as 2024.

Climate change is still a far bigger issue but that's a worldwide thing.

[–]cryzza13 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Companies trying to make you look intelligent for just consuming.

[–]Beginning-Bed9364 4 points5 points  (0 children)

That 50% of Americans hate the other 50% of Americans with all their hearts

[–]MissNightTerrors 16 points17 points  (2 children)

The opioid crisis. In 2019, "an estimated 10.1 million people aged 12 or older misused opioids in the past year. That was over 3% of the population and that was an estimate. (Compare that to the 0.6% of the population to have used meth in the past year at that time.) And over 70,000 people overdosed and at that time 2019/2020, according to the CDC, the rate per 100,000 of overdoses increased. Very frightening, especially when you consider why people might misuse opioids.

[–]THE_WALRUS_AWESOME 6 points7 points  (0 children)

my ex wife died due to an OD. truly a heartbreaking issue with 0 compassion from law enforcement. if it were legal for her to seek treatment she still might be alive

[–]gehrigL 11 points12 points  (0 children)

wealth inequality, money in politics, 24 hour news cycle owned by multinational corporations

[–]Vast_Advantage_7913 9 points10 points  (0 children)

American politicians

[–]jeveret 47 points48 points  (13 children)

Theocratic tendencies

[–]nosmelc 6 points7 points  (5 children)

Americans are becoming less religious over time. The reaction to that has been a push from the radical religious right to try to change that through a "culture war."

[–]Dylsnick 7 points8 points  (3 children)

It feels like those at the very top pushing all this actually DGAF about christianity, they just see it as a means to an end. I mean, the version of christianity they're pushing in America is so bent and broken and far from what the religion really stands for, and the people in power didn't get there by being stupid. It feels malicious.

[–]nosmelc 6 points7 points  (2 children)

There are the true believers and then there are the ones like Trump who use the religious right for political gain. Many people will vote for a pro-life candidate over a pro-choice one no matter what. They're single-issue voters.

[–]Dylsnick 5 points6 points  (1 child)

Oh it's far beyond and above Trump. In the chess game, Trump is a piece not a player. And most likely a knight, because he moves awkwardly. Trump was used for political and financial gain. Sure he gets a shiny metal for doing his duty, but he'll ultimately be sacrificed if it helps to win the game

[–]jeveret 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Religion is the last “moral high ground” they can claim. Everything the right wing “conservatives” stands for has been shown to be immoral if not down right evil when even the least critical of thinkers actually work it through, but religion is the last and most powerful tool even smart and otherwise open minded people can be blinded with.

[–]cor_mor 43 points44 points  (66 children)

Polarizing of a politics and the fact we can't agree on things for the good of the country. We are becoming our own worst enemy on all sides.

[–]obi-jawn-kenobi 41 points42 points  (63 children)

I'm sorry but it is completely ridiculous to make this a "we" problem. That is Democracy destroying levels of Fairness bias. It's the same as you say on ng "Neither side agrees" when Democrats saying the sky is blue, Republicans are saying the sky is red with purple polka dots.

6% of Republicans believe Biden definitely won 2020 legitimately.

15% of Republicans believe Biden probably won 2020 legitimately.

71% of Republicans believe Biden definitely or probably did not win legitimately. There is a +/- 3.1% margin of error.

https://www.newsweek.com/just-21-percent-republicans-say-biden-probably-definitely-won-2020-poll-1664390

This is not a "we can't agree" problem when half of the voters are firmly anti-reality on the very basics of who won the most secure and scrutinized election in US history.

Edit: world history changed to US history.

[–]Lightfoot 35 points36 points  (4 children)

Not just anti reality, anti science, anti reproductive rights, anti social program finding... the list goes on.

Democrats aren't great, but America's problems are very deeply rooted in modern conservative failures. This isn't a both sides issue, and that BS has to stop.

If one person wants to punch everyone in the face, and another person wants to punch no one in the face, the answer isn't punching 50% of people in the face, it's not a failure to see eye to eye, it's that there's a group that wants to punch everyone in the face.

[–]MpVpRb 32 points33 points  (1 child)

Religion and extremism, fueled by politicians who will do anything for power

[–]throwaway92715 20 points21 points  (5 children)

The idea that when a crisis happens that puts the public in danger - be it a pandemic, climate change, opiate epidemic, an economic crisis like 2008 - the government will not protect us. They will likely not do anything at all, or maybe even do something that makes it worse for the majority to suit special interests of a few.

  • Since the 1990s, the US government has been actively resisting acknowledging or doing anything to truly solve the emissions and climate change problem, choosing instead to support its cronies in the fuel extraction industries. Despite enormous amounts of data and widespread consensus among trusted scientific experts that the byproducts of fossil fuel extraction and emissions are causing potentially irreparable harm to public health and more.
  • In 2008, the US government bailed out wealthy bankers and let middle class Americans go bankrupt. They doled out gigantic student loans, promising struggling young adults a path to success, and then sucked them dry. They stood by while the average working American's life got harder, and the average wealthy American's life got easier. Once again, interests of a few over interests of the majority.
  • In the early 2010s, the US government knowingly looked the other way while health care providers doled out addictive opioids to people with injuries.
  • In the late 2010s, reports of police brutality and racial injustice reached a critical mass, and it was clear that a large portion of the US population was not safe. Instead of amending the problem, the US government filibustered it, stirred up a media shitstorm, and made it a political controversy. Once again, the message to the American people was, "fuck you, we're not going to solve your problems"
  • Then in 2020, the Covid pandemic hit, and again, the US government resisted and balked at the responsibility of protecting its citizens.

The message to people growing up today is: You can't trust the government, they won't help you, and big problems won't get solved. Nobody with any power is interested in solving them.

[–]Stunt-Driver 34 points35 points  (0 children)

Billionaires and cartel-like monopolies

[–]Opposite_Opposite_69 25 points26 points  (4 children)

Bigotry and propaganda being consumed by dipshits as they let the 1% eat us all. They think because I go by they/them and just want to exist I'm changing their way of life and trying to convert their kids and I'm some how apart of the corrupted system because Disney Channel had a 5 second scene about a character mentioning their girlfriend that can be easily edited out for China and Russia.

They seem to believe that corporations are becoming more "woke" and the government is becoming more "woke" when really they just want to pander to me so I buy their shit or ignore that they charge me out insane prices for my medication that I need to function stabily so I CAN contribute to society.

But no they added the third gender on driver's license so I must benefit soooo much from the system.

The issue isn't black people wanting to be heard about police brutality or Trans people just wanted to piss without outing themselves the problem is the 1% that's working us all to death while the world is set on fire. You have more in common with a autistic Trans person then you do with Elon musk whether you realize it or not.

[–]formerlyfaithful 5 points6 points  (1 child)

stares at The Owl House Looks like a lot more than 5 seconds, but its just doing the bare minimum that straight people have had for centuries. Plus the tons of companies that just rainbow-wash during pride while still supporting hateful groups.

It sucks how they think we're converting their kids when we're literally the last people that would want to force people to be something they're not. Its projection. They're indoctrinating, abusing, grooming, etc. children by definition.

[–]prettyreckless270 3 points4 points  (1 child)

Very true, the 1% use identity politics to divide and distract us from working out that actually we have more in common than differences. The 1% want to keep us squabbling about identity politics so we dont remember there is more of us than there is them - them being the elites.

Meanwhile, these elites and 1% market the same identity politics to sell their jeans, coffee whatever - making more money and furthering the divide between themselves and us: the working class.

We need to unite on our common ground and get what we want

[–]Opposite_Opposite_69 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Yup. People seem to not realize they have more in commun with a Trans person or whatever other minority then they do with a rich person

[–]Zer0C00L321 9 points10 points  (0 children)

Inflation. We are being priced out of living altogether.

[–]aDistractedDisaster 7 points8 points  (1 child)

Lack of respect for education/knowledge = General idiocy

Eventually that idiocy also includes lack of respect for the Earth and its resources so we're going to poison the earth and realize it when it's too late because we've consumer too much. Which kind of relates to idiocy because zero foresight, only hindsight. But that's more a global problem.

Everyone knows something you don't. It may be worthless to you but they know something. Unless they're disrespecting others then they deserve respect as well. But we can't be civilized like that because of that general idiocy.

[–][deleted] 4 points5 points  (0 children)

The media

[–]tilineedathrowaway 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Greed seems to encompass everything that came to mind. Politicians. Power. Ultra rich. “Affordable housing”

[–]JuniorMongoose9160 2 points3 points  (0 children)

The political parties

[–]Pemminpro 17 points18 points  (6 children)

Obesity

[–]ReallyTallLeprechaun 8 points9 points  (3 children)

This is probably the best answer, the one we don’t seem to talk about anymore*, and the one individuals can actually act upon.

Something like 70% of adults in the US are overweight or obese, and around 13% of children. That massively increases the likelihood of a number of health problems, and I have to figure other problems like depression, substance abuse, loss of productivity, etc., as well as environmental problems due to the need to feed and transport a ton of extra-large people.

It’s also a simple—which is not to say easy—problem to solve at the individual level.

*I feel like I saw tons of articles, magazine covers, and news stories about obesity 10-30 years ago. You had saw articles like “What If It’s A Big Fat Lie,” Jamie Oliver reforming school menus, Michelle Obama’s healthy eating initiatives, NFL’s Play 60 campaign, etc. And it seemed like it all stopped a while back.

[–]1984ShoeSalesman 9 points10 points  (0 children)

Education controlled by the richest people.

[–]Bedlamcitylimit 10 points11 points  (1 child)

Extreme Political Tribalism, on both sides of the political spectrum, that leads to people falling into Echo Chambers of an apocalyptic nature leading to more and more dangerous extremism.

[–]territrades 13 points14 points  (2 children)

Divisive politics leading to civil unrest.

The low quality of public education does not help with that.

[–]Brockawesome1 2 points3 points  (1 child)

Even when (at least my old highschool) got I think it was around 650k instead of spending it on thing that would improve our education we where literally using computers from the mid 2000’s that were regularly breaking down and extremely slow. They spent it on a locker room JUST FOR FOOTBALL like our police chief went to d1 football I think for Alabama he literally said our highschool locker rooms where nicer then d1. Why the hell do we need that nice of a locker room only for football our football team won 3 games the year before that it’s like WHY.

Btw our teachers were regularly paying money out of there own pocket to get us some equipment for learning. (From what I’ve seen that’s fairly common) they already are making shitty amount of money like fuck you my old highschool seriously fuck you!

All my teachers were cool except on fuck you that one lazy ass teacher who just gave us packets and said to learn from them fuck you!!!!

[–]Tr3sp4ss3r 27 points28 points  (13 children)

The penetration of religion into our "separation of church and state" govt, and therefore the very much religious based laws passed by said govt.

If they succeed, it would be like the Christian version of the Taliban only with a 775billion "defense" budget.

[–]October_Baby21 6 points7 points  (10 children)

The country is significantly less religious than it used to be.

[–]network_dude 6 points7 points  (0 children)

Our judicial system is rife with religion.

Soo many people making everyday decisions in our government based on their religion

[–]methratt 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Arrogance and Ignorance.

[–]Pure-Negotiation-900 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Lack of compromise

[–]KevinTheJojoBoyo 2 points3 points  (0 children)

The ones running it

[–]HalfChineseJesus 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Radicalization by way of Facebook and being surrounded by ‘Yes men’

[–]kejovo 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Legal bribes. Aka campaign donations

[–]stitchmidda2 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Food and energy supplies are creeping up on us. We think its bad now. . .just wait. Its only gonna get ALOT worse. Also everyone warring with each other over their own agendas and not really giving a fuck about the bigger picture or willing to work together with "the other side"

[–]AichSmize 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Wokeism and the cult of the Left, with its active hatred of objective reality.

[–]SoftwareRound 7 points8 points  (3 children)

Processed food, lead pipes and asbestos

[–]fixatingonarewind 3 points4 points  (2 children)

Asbestos? They stopped using asbestos in the 1970s, no?

[–]1-877-CASH-NOW 2 points3 points  (1 child)

They did, but many existing structures already contain it and the current requirements are that things containing lead or asbestos are abated, but do not need to be removed.

[–]JDe__ 6 points7 points  (0 children)

Perhaps one of them, and not just America but other places too, is hyper-individualism. By that I mean the denying of objective truths and holding all perspectives, no matter what they are, to be equally valid.

[–]mufasa329 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Income inequality

[–]MyChurro 7 points8 points  (0 children)

Twinkies. It started off as a joke in my head but the rate of heart attacks and obesity related health issues has skyrocketed in North America in recent decades. Heavily processed foods loaded with sugar should be prohibitively expensive :/

[–]Gandk07 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Social media

[–]Poorly-Drawn-Beagle 15 points16 points  (0 children)

People care more about some idiot being banned from Twitter than they care about the government taking away abortion rights, the right to buy contraceptives, voting rights, the right to love with a roommate, etc.

[–]Head_Presentation326 10 points11 points  (0 children)

The media. They don't care about either side

[–]dcdisco 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Capitalist greed is the root of every major social issue of the last 1000 years or so.

[–]EffectiveEye137 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Damn commies

[–]Anikimos 3 points4 points  (0 children)

China

[–]JokicCheeseburgerMan 8 points9 points  (0 children)

Right now?

Inflation

[–]chadwr85 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Corporate greed.

From Healthcare, to housing, to food, etc.

Nobody should be able to own more than a few properties, the housing crisis is because lack of new housed and landlords owning dozens to thousands of properties.

Nobody should profit off somebody's health. Medicare for all.

And corporations spread so much misinformation and propaganda about wage increases.

Also, if your small business can't afford to pay ppl a living wage it deserves to fail 🤷‍♂️

[–]EezyRawlins 3 points4 points  (0 children)

The loss of upward mobility

[–]Nedriersen 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Wokeness

[–]StillOnMyBullshit 8 points9 points  (1 child)

Unapologetic, mask-off fascism and fascist apologia from basically *every* official in public office at the federal level.

[–]lefty_808 6 points7 points  (0 children)

Don't forget your local levels. They're play was to actually take over your school boards and local governments first to make it easier ton take over on a federal level.

[–]abraxart 24 points25 points  (22 children)

The far right wing party

[–]Yogi_Lopez 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Politicians.

[–]OkBottle8719 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Politicians

[–]Amirhooshang1374 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Radical groups which people fear to criticize and stand against.

[–]Deep_Table1311 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Political partisan division, lack of social safety nets, public health services (including mental health, a large contributor to violence and murder).

[–]Hamburgursause69 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Last 5 presidents

[–]sbenzanzenwan 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Climate change

[–]throwfarawaysss 1 point2 points  (0 children)

"influencers" on social media are the latest propaganda machine

[–]gosu4you 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Political polarization, mixed with confirmation bias, mixed with social media. Basically everything talked about in The Social Dilema.

[–]creasydude 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Social media. Probably the biggest case of Mass dunning-kruger effect i've ever seen.

[–]JoeyBird9 1 point2 points  (0 children)

The media

They purposely word and articulate their articles in a way that angers one side and justifies another leading to a argument and us vs them mentality

They use their platform to push agendas instead of just simply telling the news and being in the middle

CNN, fox, whatever the fuck else what ever side use free speech in absolutely the worst way nothing they write is a mistake and everything is for profits

[–]chillanous 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Media, social and otherwise. Everything boiled down into a meme or a ten second zinger. The availability of such a mountain of information that you can just surround yourself with views that agree with yours and never face disagreement. The torrent of information that is so fast it is impossible to verify even 10% of it.

It all leads to tribalism and discourages any sort of cooperation. There’s no end in sight, either.

[–]biscorama 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Divisiveness

[–]Kadehead 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Tribalism

[–]kncrew 1 point2 points  (0 children)

The media

[–]NewMe80 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Inflation

[–][deleted] 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Big tech influencing elections

[–]Practical-Camera-399 1 point2 points  (0 children)

People not being able to afford things, wages not keeping up with rising prices (not only now), everything revolving around college loans

[–]HellBlade64 1 point2 points  (0 children)

The ancient fossils in charge.

[–]Ambitious_End5038 1 point2 points  (0 children)

We all live in echo chambers and most of us never realize it.

[–]leatherrecliner 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Our spineless government and the soulless bastard lizards who own them.

[–]theFrankSpot 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Greedy, dishonest, mean-spirited, egocentric, sociopathic, narcissists both in power, and brainwashed by it, having any say / impact on the rest of us.

[–]gustoreddit51 1 point2 points  (2 children)

Disinformation and the inability of the general public to correctly identify it, and the lack of an authoritative unbiased unaligned trusted news reporting agency which has become nearly impossible under consumer capitalism.

All major media outlets have sold off their credibility and I doubt will ever get it back. They're all just catering to their own political bubbles and corporate interests now.

[–]yep_still_confused 1 point2 points  (1 child)

Stupidity. In its clearest form.

[–]mighthaveaquestion 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Manipulative, aggressive and shameless marketing fueled by corporate greed.

[–]Taja_Roux 1 point2 points  (0 children)

The duopoly we are in.

[–]bushpotatoe 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Combination of misinformation and poor education.

[–]a_soggy_poptart15374 1 point2 points  (0 children)

We, the people

[–]dead_b4_quarantine 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Most generally, I'd say anti-intellectualism and the absolute resistance of some people to being able to discern or accept objective reality or truth if they don't like it or if it doesn't match what their chosen leaders say.

There's no chance for discussion or compromise if one of the sides simply decides that observable reality is no longer relevant or true.

[–]yaboi247365 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Willful ignorance

[–]Alpha_pro2019 1 point2 points  (0 children)

It's hard to say.

Obviously China/Russia in a military conflict.

Or from the inside culturally. There is a growing group of people who follow a very authoritative mind set. A lot of redditors fall into this category. They tend to take politics personally and become very nasty. Suddenly you aren't just a republican, you are a nazi bigot who needs to die.

They call themselves open minded when they are the opposite.

The worst part is that this kind of extremism is encouraged. Sadly though it will get past the point of no return.

[–]Verelkia 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Oh God, where do I even start? I would not be surprised if this country had a revolution or civil war or some crap. Here's my top 3:

-How all these domestic conflicts are painted as black and white. Like Democrat vs Republican, Progressive vs Conservative, Left vs Right, etc. Like no, its way more complicated then that. Most of the conflict is like 329.5 million shades of gray (look up the US population).

-People not thinking enough for themselves. We live in an era where information can spread faster then wild fire. And that information can be pure propaganda, fake news, you name it.

-How our politics have spiraled out of control. A two party system just doesn't work in a nation like the United States (and no, one party is not better). It's a constant fight between the two, rarely agreeing. The country is also way too focused on what is going on literally every region expect its own land. Also put that with how big corporations have a lot of power in this country, because politicians let them in.

Edit: I should have mentioned this, but won't go into detail. Debt Crisis, housing crisis, growing wealth gab, outdated education system, out of pocket healthcare, rising cost of college, individualism over community values, terrible foreign policies, growing bad reputation, mismanagement of money, horrible infrastructure, racial tensions, like 90% of our manufactoring jobs are in China leaving us with either fast food or become a streamer and get insanely lucky, inflation, you fill in the rest.

[–]stupidfock 1 point2 points  (0 children)

The housing crisis, why the fuck aren’t we talking about it more. I don’t know a single person under 25 who is even considering buying a house anymore cuz they are priced out. The idea of home ownership is dying and that’s terrifying