America has the record for the most millionaires in the world, and some say we have more poor families than we have middle class. Do you think this is true?
Do you think the U.S. is heading into a downward spiral or is this just a temporary concern?
How do you predict the U.S. will become in the next twenty years?
Some say the people in the upper-middle class treat the poor or lower working classes like dirt. So could this be a kind of caste system?
I was raised to work and was treated poorly by wealthier counterparts. However, because I have toilet paper, hot water, clean water, and a fridge I think I am better off than many in the world.
When I think of countries having it bad I think of places like, Republic of the Congo, Ethiopia (mogadishu), Bangladesh, Haiti, etc. America looks fabulous if someone came from one of those countries.
"Quite a fews states have talked about ceceding so America in 20 years could be very different"
Never gonna happen.
"Still your right in that there could be more problems just look up Liberia and America wont look bad at all"
Yup. Look at the failure that is the European Union. Lol.
Yeap. Look what happened when the South try it.
I do think it'll probably happen sometime, but probably not anywhere in the near future. And only because all big countries fall apart some time or another...
The rules of former civilizations no longer apply to us.
Most civilizations of the past couldn't keep a proper history of their peoples.
I can go find an acquaintance I met one time on Facebook, then go back in their posts, and find out that they bought a shirt 3 years ago.
Information use to move at the speed of foot, wheel, or bird.
I can get a IM from someone on the other side of the planet.
The Greeks thought everything was made of water, fire, air, and earth.
One could compare the ancient Basque, a society started 10,000 years ago, to the empires of The Crusades. The only real differences being better metal work, and kind of better science(sometimes worse actually).
One can not even compare per-internet America with our current Twitter verse.
Look how quick companies, politicians, and celebrities back peddle when they back the unpopular:
Netflix is all, "We're splitting the company" then, one month later "Nope, people got mad"
It's too easy to create a petition, to flash protest, to prove a lie false.
Moore's law creates change in our society too quick for us to ever go backward(break apart)
I don't think it's lack of info that splits countries, but lack of resources. Even today country borders are still changing. Countries split, two countries merge. The USSR is an example of a country that fell apart not too long ago historically speaking.
As our country is now, any attempt to secede would fail. Secession groups are on the fringe and just don't have the support. But if we as a country had a serious lack of resources and was in a state of serious political upheaval. I could totally see the US breaking up into a few different independent nations.
I don;t think the resource was food. And I think resource is wrong word for it. The problem right now, in my opinion, is money. How do you think we get the poor/rich label. Some have most of the money and some have the least amount of money. How this money is split and how they get it varies, but it sure as hell isn't out their equally amongst the people (not that I think it should be.)
Though, I honestly don't think the middle class will disappear any time soon. Though what we define as the middle class might change to some degree.
"The problem right now, in my opinion, is money."
I agree that the pay rate and bull shit bonuses, plus a backwards tax system, has created quite the uneven economic landscape. I see however, the upcoming growth cycle.
In the upcoming couple of decades, growth in 2 sectors will bring untold fortunes to all developed countries. Availability of desalinization/better food tech will allow older equipment to be sent to third wold countries, and 2nd world countries will be introduced to easy and cheap internet access.
Remember, some people in the US are unable to get home internet, due to either location or income.
Tech is being pushed by unparalleled recreational gadgets, tech is launching past the exosphere by means of private space exploration, mapping tech and automation will create self driving cars.
This is Moore's Law in action.
As fast as Moore's Law is, Medical Science is growing at an even faster rate.
In 5 years, the world will be drastically different.
In 10, unrecognizable.
In 20 years, vacations to Europe and Space will be more or less equivalent.
The amount of jobs and money that will be going around will be more than substantial enough to solve our problems. Another Roaring 20's only this time preceded by a recession, instead of the other way around. I could see our immigration policy becoming extremely relaxed in the 2020's too many jobs.
The south failed to cecede due to the powerful industrial lobbies in the north that wanted to exploit the souths raw materials for their federally backed corporations