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Wed Oct 29, 2014, 11:07 PM

Americans consider inequality world’s greatest danger

Nuclear weapons. Ethnic conflict. Global warming. Americans have a lot to be worried about these days. But what do they see as the biggest threat to the world? Inequality.

Americans aren’t alone. According to a recent Pew Research Center survey, Europeans, too, rank inequality as the top threat. "

For the United States, religious and ethnic hatred comes in a close second, after inequality, but only 7 percent think AIDS and other diseases pose the greatest danger.

U.S. concerns have shifted over the years based on what’s most immediate on American minds. The first time Pew administered the survey, in 2002, shortly after the 9/11 attacks, one-third of Americans ranked nuclear proliferation the biggest threat to the world. By 2007, after the U.S. had been involved military in Afghanistan and Iraq, religious and ethnic hatred rose to the top. The percentage of Americans identifying inequality as the biggest concern has increased from 17 percent in 2007 to 27 percent today."

*And even though Americans as a whole think inequality poses the greatest danger, they continually underestimate just how severe the wealth gap between the rich and poor is — at least in this country,"

http://www.pbs.org/newshour/making-sense/americans-consider-inequality-worlds-greatest-danger/

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damnedifIknow Oct 2014 OP
Prophet 451 Oct 2014 #1
Go Vols Oct 2014 #4
diabeticman Oct 2014 #2
kelliekat44 Oct 2014 #3
woo me with science Oct 2014 #5

Response to damnedifIknow (Original post)

Wed Oct 29, 2014, 11:17 PM

1. I can't say they're wrong

but personally, I would hate put global warming at the top and inequality at 2. That said, dealing with one would probably help a lot with the other.

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Response to Prophet 451 (Reply #1)

Thu Oct 30, 2014, 12:02 AM

4. I think fixing #2

would help more than fixing just #1.

It would make way to fix #3.#4,ect.

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Response to damnedifIknow (Original post)

Wed Oct 29, 2014, 11:51 PM

2. It is the Greatest Danger that is the easiest to fix and is the most real to most people.

yes, all you listed is very dangerous but thankfully we have science to protect us from disease and Aids and thankfully Putin and Kim Jung un maybe crazy nuts but they aren't so crazy they are willing to set off a massive explosion to destroy the half the earth because they are also ego manics who won't risk putting themselves in danger...and let's face it all the best laid plans DO NOT lessen the fear of certain things.''

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Response to damnedifIknow (Original post)

Wed Oct 29, 2014, 11:58 PM

3. We "consider it" the rest of the world "knows it." Unemployed and unappreciated and disrespected

 

citizenry are power kegs all over the world and at the root of every rebellion...not the "yearning for democracy" as the pundits and the rest of the GOP would have you believe. Egypt proves this.

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Response to damnedifIknow (Original post)

Thu Oct 30, 2014, 12:04 AM

5. That was a poorly constructed poll. "Inequality" was the closest answer to


unbridled corporatism and corporate takeover of governments...and all the other choices on the list were problems caused or extremely exacerbated by the takeover of governments by a wealthy, corrupt elite.

I answered "inequality" because it was the answer that came closest to identifying the real source of the global threat.

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