What are some social problems facing America today?
Over the past 40 years, the dividends generated by increased worker productivity, technical innovations, and the growth of global markets have disproportionately gone to the most wealthy individuals in the United States. As a result, a small percentage of the population has amassed greater and greater share of the total wealth of the nation.
This small but powerful minority has used their resources to influence the political process to protect their gains, which has led the vast majority of Americans feeling as though they have little or no say in the nation's governing policies. This sense of alienation has led to political gridlock and social instability. Left unchecked, this environment of financial and political inequality could lead to irrevocable fraying of the social fabric of the US.