Chris Joosse , Knows a bit about history
In substantial ways, it is.
In no particular order:
* The US is tracking to be the first developed country to regress into being a ‘developing’ country [An MIT economist says the US has regressed to a developing nation status]
* Life expectancy in the USA has been declining for 3 years now. [On average, life expectancy across the globe is steadily ticking upward—but the same can’t be said for the United States. Three reports newly published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention highlight a worrying downward trend in Americans’ average life expectancy]
* The US has regressed in its ability to sustain a middle class or shared sustainable prosperity [USA: The Great Prosperity / The Great Regression : 5 charts]
* The USA once presided over a new world order (starting with the end of the World Wars) intended to stop the great powers from using war to gain wealth or territory- but it has ceded any moral authority it once may have had in the eyes of the world.
* The American Dream, which used to mean that each generation could expect to be better off on average than the one before, is dead in America. On average, we are worse off. [An autopsy of the American dream]
* Ironically, the places to see the American Dream alive and well today… are in other countries. [The American Dream is alive and well in Sweden][What’s So Special About Finland?][You have a better chance of achieving "the American dream" in Canada than in America]
This is not to say that all hope is lost, or that there aren’t redeeming qualities to the USA- but it does candidly acknowledge that in the last 50 years, the United States has stopped doing the kinds of things that made the American Dream possible or real. It has instead traded its New Deal prosperity for a sort of winner-take-all casino reality.
Along the way, what used to make America great has been deeply tarnished and diminished.
Jens Böttiger , I studied history and I follow politics very closely.
It’s moving. Forwards or backwards is a very subjective, because it depends on where you’re actually trying to end up.
* The relative power of the USA internationally, both economically and geopolitically, has significantly declined with the formation of the Eurozone and the rise of China, which are both major economic competitors. India is currently trying hard to claw its way up into the sun as well.
* America is becoming more divided. Not because people act different, but because the previous default winner (conservative whites) are becoming too small a plurality to dominate the country’s politics. Where they used to have the power to keep black men out of the voting booth, now they can’t even keep trans people out of their bathrooms. This feeds a new level of desperation among older whites who have never before seen democracy produce a result (Obama) that directly overrode their will, rather than compromise with them. Never mind that Obama did compromise with them and basically abandoned every left-wing principle he ran on. Nevertheless, there is now a reflexive push for authoritarian domination, which has led us to Trump.At the end of the day, the Civil Rights Movement, the Civil War, and the Cold War were all decided by white people, because nobody else really had the power to do anything except try to motivate white people who had power. The degree with which you need to compromise with white people in order to get political change is in steep decline, and a fair chunk of white Americans see this as a national decline, because they’re racist and don’t actually believe in real democracy.
* Socially speaking… it’s really very relative. Fifty years ago, conservatives warned America that allowing no-fault divorce and abortions would rip apart America’s families, the gays would run wild, and America would become godless. Turns out, they were pretty much totally right about all of those things. The unpredicted outcome is of course that this is largely considered a feature rather than a bug today.
Greg Dill , Social Worker (2010-present)
Is the United States moving backwards as a nation?
Whenever conservatives take over the White House a lot of progressive policies that were passed by the previous administration tend to get trimmed at the top or completely chopped off altogether. For example: every time gun control legislation is passed, it gets nixed by the next conservative administration, every time new green initiatives get passed, they get nixed by the next conservative administration; putting us back by a couple of decades. Legalized abortion is next on most conservative’s radar. If that gets nixed, we might as well revert back to living in medieval times a la bloody wire hangers. Sadly, many nations already see us as backwards. Especially on the gun issue. My gosh, what does it take to stop the mass shootings of innocent people including our precious little ones? It’s really not rocket science. But, for those less educated… apparently it is. Just so they could keep their fucking barbaric weapons.
Andrew Pyle , U.S. Navy (6 years) U.S. Army (4 Years) Veteran
Politically and Socially in every way possible. But this is to be expected. Some other people answered this question showing decline statiscally but that is mainly do to the high birth rate after world war 2 which ended in the early 1970's. But this is mainly do to this simple reality:
Hard times make hard people.
Hard people make easy times.
Easy times make soft people.
Soft people make hard times.
Right now the U.S. is in soft times with soft people running it. Let's look at what soft times have brought the U.S:
The political system is polarized. Democratics (left) Republicans (Right). It is a joke though, because you don't have to agree with party ideals to join a political party. The reality here is if you vote for one of these people from these parties you don't know what you are going to get.
This has left the federal governing body deadlocked for decades. Shifting between left and right laws. Hell, U.S. federal government has not passed a budget in a decade. It has been a extention after extention just to keep the government running.
Because of the rise of social media, this has polarized our impressional youth, not just in the U.S. but around the world. U.S. news had been Polarized before that.
The difference now is the people who work in the news industry grew up with social media platforms. Instead of reporting facts, it is all and I MEAN ALL sensationalized for the sake of that extra click that gets you that extra advertising dollar. There is no such thing as journalistic integrity anymore in main stream media. It other words it is exaggerated or to simplIfy it even more: it is lies or for those who are insulted: fabricated (another political correct word for lies).
Non-affiliated fact checking sites from around the world found more than 90% of news reports had DELIBERATE falsehoods in them. Reporters that have no falsehoods in their work rarely remain employed or they remain in medial reporting jobs.
The Majority of news agencies do not call their reports ‘Reports' anymore but ‘Stories' because this helps them get passed liable lawsuits.
But if you want to stay informed, you have to watch these lying news stations. Unfortunately, the majority of the U.S. nation are idiots who just believe their favorite news agency's B.S. and sadly this is mainly because they want to caught up this exaggerated drama. They don't understand the difference between facts and dramatically exaggerated lies anymore.
There are too many groups in the U.S. that are too and mean TOO EASILY OFFENDED! The U.S. is becoming a bunch wussies who cry every time their feelings are even slightly hurt.
But on an upbeat, the U.S. is still the most innovative county. The majority new inventions and scientific break throughs come from american companies and universities. Unfortunately, the majority of people who come up with these breakthroughs did not originate from the U.S.
Thomas Griffin , former English Teacher
More like those going forward aren’t doing enough to combat those going backward.
On the one hand, you’ve got younger Americans (35 and under, roughly), who are more skeptical of American capitalism, rejecting religion as a dictator of social morals, more racially inclusive, marrying less and having fewer kids than previous generations.
On the other hand, you’ve got the (mostly) older Americans- we’ll say over 40 to be safe- who grew up terrified of socialism, think global warming is a myth, still want Christian morals to be law and enforced in society, think life is a winner-take-all competition, don’t respect those living “alternative” (read: non-Christian) lifestyles, believe in punishment over rehabilitation, you see where I’m going with this.
I believe the latter group is in decline, not least because they’re older and therefore dying off faster. However, there’s an X-factor: these people vote. Every time. They will wade through crocodile-infested rivers holding American flags high if it means they have a shot at stopping the liberal, socialist, un-American SJW snowflakes from gaining any ground. These people may be uneducated (proudly, even), ignorant, bigoted, or insular, but they’re dedicated to getting their way.
Thomas Griffin 、前英语教师
我认为后者正在衰退，不仅仅是因为他们年纪大了，所以死得更快。然而，还有一个未知因素： 这些人的投票，每次都是。这意味着如果他们有机会阻止自由派、社会主义者和非美国人扩张的话，他们就会高举美国国旗走过鳄鱼出没的河流。这些人可能没有受过教育(甚至自大) ，无知、偏执或者孤立，但他们致力于自己的方式。
Chuck McMahon , lives in The United States of America (1962-present)
That is a HUGE question, and with no one answer.
I can list you particular areas where America is getting better.
I can list you many areas where America is declining.
I can also list you many areas where declining or improving depends upon the person you ask.
The most common reason that a question like this comes up these days is because of our current political turmoil and how a percentage of our population has become so vocally antagonistic towards people that think differently than do they.
The truth is - that is actually caused by growing pains.
We went through far worse following the civil war in the 1870’s.
We went through it again as women fought for their basic rights and won the right to vote in the 1920’s.
We went through it again as the civil rights act changed so many laws about how we treat each other in the mid-60′ to mid 70’s.
The 2010’s saw tremendous advancement in social equality without regard to gender, religion, race, country of origin, sexual preference, etc.
Every time we advance in human rights, there is always a faction (generally led by the oldest generation of the time) that tries to claw things back to what they believe should be the norm.
Clarence Sherrick , works at Psychic Eye, Las Vegas
Backwards and forwards at the same time.
I have lived in the US for 75 years and many aspects of American civilization, its’ people and its’ values have changed and are now rapidly changing. With some elements definitely getting worse.
Only time will tell where this is all going to lead.
However, I suspect that we (as well as much of the rest of World) are already in the stages leading to major Civil Strife. And you may blame communication technology for this. A technology rapidly expanding based upon commercial purpose without any understanding of the social or moral consequences. With so many sources of information without any oversight or refinement, you simply no longer know whom or what to believe.
And this is only going to get worse.
Is the United States a nation?
Don’t get me wrong, the USA is certainly a country and certainly a state with sovereignty and a government.
But what is a nation?
A nation is tough to define, but under many definitions, the US doesn’t fit.
Germany is a nation - not the Bundesrepublik - but German speaking people. Ireland is a nation, Scotland is a nation, England is a nation. France is a nation. Spain is a nation. I can’t think of many off the top of my head but there are plenty of other nations.
But the US… isn’t a nation. We have multiple nations within our borders, certainly.
But the US isn’t a nation. And I think that’s a very interesting and kind of unique situation for a state to be in.
Rather than existing to serve some specific nation on Earth - the US is founded on ideals. And I think that’s a good thing.
But there are some things we’re backsliding on…
Pay hasn’t risen along with productivity.
Prices are massively increasing for many necessary goods and services.
Terrible food is heavily subsidized and healthy food is not.
Our political system is basically a joke.
And so on and so on.
Howard Robinson , Author (2012-present)
Since 2017 America has begun to recover from the terrible years under Bush and Obama. President Trump has lowered taxes for everyone ( liberals say he didn’t on the rich but that of course is false), reduced stifling regulations, renegotiated and is still negotiating trade deals, and has made America stronger and more respected in the world (maybe not liked, but respected). Reelecting President Trump and Republicans could solve many problems including immigration and get beneficial treaties with N. Korea and Iran.
Howard Robinson ，作家(2012年至今)
J. R. Franklin , 8+ years playing history and strategy games.
Socially, yes. In the late 1900's we were doing great.
Racism was at an all time low, sexism was getting better, and we had defeated Facism for the most part. Best of all, Democrats and Republicans were working together. The Space Race, Vietnam and Korea, civil rights... all focuses of both Republicans and Democrats.
Today, we don't agree on ANYTHING! Democrats.. The party of ‘Peace' now push for war. The ‘Christian' party choses abortion over life. They chose to let everyone in, even gangs. All of this, just to oppose Republicans.
J. R. Franklin ，有8年以上的历史和战略游戏经验。
在社交方面，是的。在20世纪后期，我们做得很好。种族主义处于历史最低点，性别歧视越来越改善，我们在很大程度上消灭了种族主义。 最重要的是，民主党人和共和党人在一起工作。太空竞赛，越南、韩国、民权等等... 这些都是共和党和民主党关注的焦点。
Ridge Greene , Construction Management (2000-present)
Absolutely, Divided we are failing. In the past we embraced the rebuilding after WWII exercising our industrial capacity, paid fair wages and grew a middle class that was the envy of the world, we followed that with a space race which resulted in numerous improvements and opportunities in many fields and continued the advantages we built for ourselves with the benefits of the technology we developed. We then passed the High Speed information act which provided the foundation by which the Arpanet became the Internet which created a huge economic advantage for our nation and this is where the progress goes off the rails with the failure to embrace the future, to turn our back on the biggest challenge of our new millennium which is to engage in a clean, alternative energy race that makes the Space Race and the High Speed Information act look like a High School Science fair project. We have taken a big step backwards while other countries surge forward to fill the vacuum created when our country re-dedicated itself to fossil fuels. This decision will be what historians look back on as what prompted the end of America’s rise. Even if we rededicate ourselves to engaging the future instead of the past we have lost ground that will be difficult to make up and it is possible that we lack the vision and foresight to embrace these changes do in part to their demonisation by vested energy interests and political division. Such an obvious common goal would have been embraced by a majority at one time, the fact that these goals are controversial is a testament to the power of propaganda and short term greed by industries afraid of competition. The economic benefit of winning the energy race will be huge and if we fail the losses will be greater.
Scott Nash , Fanatical Reader Since Age 4
No, but we have chosen this unbelievably inopportune time to pause our forward motion. China and Russia are both on the move and intending to overtake us. Russia will fail, they just don’t have the chops, but China WILL surpass us very soon - if they haven’t already. Meanwhile, we have stupidly stopped all forward motion to relitigate the civil rights era.
meanwhile, we can’t put a human in space (Russia can), we don’t have G4 (but China does), we don’t have clean energy (but Germany does - we are still using coal; energy from fire, like Neanderthals). We are very good at technologies we perfected before 2000, but are at a virtual standstill while others are sprinting ahead.
Scott Nash 4岁开始就是狂热读者
再与此同时，我们不能把人类送上太空(俄罗斯可以)，我们也没有G4高铁(但中国有) ，我们没有清洁能源(但德国有，我们仍在使用煤炭，就像尼安德特人一样)。 我们非常擅长使用2000年前完善的技术，但是当其他人在奋力前进时，我们却原地踏步。
Richard Comroe , Scientist, inventor, engineer, professor, VP
Everything in the entire world changes constantly. Nothing in nature is unchanging. The challenge in any observation on direction of movement or change is really a question of direction … which direction is forward and which direction is backward?
To answer any question regarding direction one needs a compass, which is merely a device that points out a direction to a pole. In fact, we could have a unique compass to point towards any given objective.
For example, here’s a couple of obvious objectives (it’s by no means a complete list):
* Per capita wealth
* Per capita wealth standing among nations
* Individual longevity (health)
* Individual longevity standing among nations
These are NOT all in the same direction. For example, regarding wealth a nation may move forward in regards to increasing individual wealth while SIMULTANEOUSLY moving backwards in relation to other nations (if they are moving forward faster).
I read the other offered answers to the question, and it’s obvious that almost everybody identifies different goals to gauge direction against. So I can think of no way to contribute further as hardly 2 people see the exact same national objective. I’d only offer the cold reality that nations and empires grow and nations and empires fall … such is the law of life as inevitable as life and death. “Too big to fail” is an imaginary concept popular in our government right now, while it exists no-place in real-life.
Stephen Godek , Ph.D. Public Policy & Political Science, University of Illinois at Chicago (1983)
Not only the U.S. but all nations are moving backward as nations. Neoliberalism, multinational corporatism, and religious tribalism are inexorably replacing national sovereignty as the dominant modes of organization worldwide. The current resurgence of nationalistic isolationism in a number of nations is merely a rearguard action responding to these trends but it is ultimately self-defeating.
Stephen Godek 、伊利诺伊大学芝加哥分校，公共政策与政治学博士，1983年
Jay C Polmar , 73 y/o Consultant, psychologist, publisher, Mexico (1977-present)
Welcome to Neo-Nazi America. Going back to fascism of the 30s and 40s under a Hitler-like Dictators that breaks all the laws and violates the constitution. The personal income is not increasing and what you can buy with your money is less than before due to tariffs. The U.S. is going ass-backwards and is becoming a 3rd world nation under a dictator who allows his friends to get and stay rich, makes the poor poorer, blames our immigrant workforce for the crimes Americans commit - and goes around grabbing women’s pussies and raping teenage girls. We are going back into the Dark Ages - I hope this Orange Devil dies soon.
Jay C Polmar ，73岁，顾问，心理学家，出版商，墨西哥(1977年至今)
Frank Lazar , Former Board member of NJPIRG
Not really. What we have learned is that for all of the dejure progress we have made when it comes to racial discrimination, very little change has actually occurred in the de facto attitudes that were behind it. People are pretty much just as racist, xenophobic, or otherwise bigoted as they were in the 60’s. However such behavior became enough of an embarrassment that many of us kept our racism hidden and quiet.
With the elections of Obama and later on Trump himself, that quiet little status quo was blown over into the present hot war.
Frank Lazar 、 NJPIRG 前董事会成员
Rohan Rastogi , Sc.B. Biomedical Engineering, Brown University (2018)
President Trump’s slogan “Make America Great Again” is exactly evidence of this. The last word “Again” implies a return to the past, by evoking some nostalgic sentiment.
The United States is moving backwards and it won’t move forwards until the American people accept that both political parties, but particularly the Republicans, are failing America.
Dwight Gray , former Retired USAF
I like to think of it as “taking two steps forward and one step back”, repeatedly.
Progress is being made here on most fronts of human endeavor.
The thing that's making it pointless is our incessant wars.
But man being the flawed creature he is…..Will occasionally regress.
I challenge any country that bashes America to first look in the mirror and see how THEIR country looks!
Arunava Mookerjee , former Managing Director
Not exactly. But there is a noticeable deceleration in the forward velocity.
Arunava Mookerjee 、前常务董事
Manuel Louro Mourão , Dr. from Universidade Independente (2005)
Yes. The choice of the presidente only highlihted the problema.
Manuel Louro Mourão ，独立大学博士(2005)
Dan Marczuk , studied at Grand Valley State University
No! With president Trump, we are moving forward, and Making America Great Again! You, of course, are thinking of Barry Soetoro, AKA Obama, who moved us backward, as a nation. It was Obama, who took us on an eight-year, world-wide, “Apology Tour,” where he derided America and our Christian heritage & values. Good riddance Obama! Hello president Trump! Trump in 2020!
Dan Marczuk ，就读于大峡谷州立大学
没有！与特朗普总统一起，我们向前迈进，让美国再次伟大！ 当然，你想到的是奥巴马，他把我们国家带向了一个倒退的境地。正是奥巴马带领我们进入了为期八年的全球“道歉之旅” ，在那里他嘲笑了美国和我们的基督教传统和价值观。我们终于摆脱了奥巴马！你好，特朗普总统！ 特朗普2020年！
Steven Lambdin , former OTR Driver. Retired.
course not. This is the best time in America, ever. Low crime, low murder rate, high employment, good wages, low prices for food, lumber, clothing, gasoline, building materials.
No cities Are being burned and looted, no Universities are being occupied, not many people begging in the damn streets.
It's a great time to American.
Steven Lambdin ，前外勤工程司机，退休。