We have some serious issues in the United States:
We are embracing majority rule while turning our backs on individual rights.
We are complacent in the status quo and frightened of the other.
Our media and culture is trained to ignore the harm done by familiar institutions, while focusing on the harms of unfamiliar institutions.
We are told that immigrants will take our jobs – despite economics telling us immigration is a net good and emigration the net harm- and we are told that established multinational chains wouldn’t do anything to harm us because of the invisible hand of the market.
We are willing to give up our rights of privacy and freedom from bodily search for the sake of – not security – but the mere illusion of security.
We have public monies going to prop up a thousand intellectually bankrupt dogmas, and schools sacrificing scientific understanding in our children to the shrine of “teaching the controversy”: a controversy which only exists in culture, not in scientific fields.
We have the middle class and small businesses taking on a disproportionate share of taxes, while the ultra rich and mega corporations keep their money in tax havens and get the lion’s share of subsidies and services. And this is cheered on by those who cannot face the fact that they are more likely to get hit by lightening twice than to ever win that lottery which would still not make them of the 1%.
The American Dream still exists, but few can see it for fear.