Do you think the US will be able to change for the better regarding things like gun laws, healthcare, equality and overall politics?

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Only after collapse.

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[I am not an expert. These answers also assume no revolution starts]

healthcare

Maybe. If the labor movement picks up, it’s an easy concession to make compared to the rest. Multiple presidents have attempted it.

gun [legality]

Banning that seriously violates a deeply held cultural foundation of the country. I think there’s an 80% chance it will lead to multiple political assassinations. Note that the relevant Amendment to their constitution is interpreted as a defense against tyranny. Possible but unlikely that it would be touched.

equality

No.

overall politics

What do you mean? If you mean the federal two-party system of Democrats and Republicans? No. The current voting method discourages voting for a ‘third party’ and it’s not within the interest of either major party to change that. If you mean pro-corporate politics, no. “Capitalism”, they’re proud of it. If you mean the vicious cultural divide of ‘liberals’ (progressives) and ‘conservatives’ (conservative liberals and conservative nationalists), no. It’s pretty strongly ingrained in their media and their culture, it would take an unforeseen movement to overcome it.

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Thanks for the insight! While I agree with almost all of your points, I could imagine that perhaps some restrictions could be made on getting a gun (license). Maybe they will decide to pass some laws for better background checks at the very least.

Not without intense violence first. For that to happen our current leadership would have to be killed. The President, the Cabinet, the Senate, Supreme Court, loads of corporate executives, and loads of pigs, etc.

For the FBI spooks here: Of course! Just get out and vote harder! And make sure any protests stay peaceful and inconsequential.

It’s possible, but things are getting worse so it seems pretty unlikely.

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Yeah, it almost seems as if it has just gradually been getting worse over the past few years. Hopefully this stirs up the people enough to bring some positive change.

Gun laws - no. But I think on the other issues they might. Might get worse as well…

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I can only hope for the people to wake up and see what is happening around them and how these policies are destroying society. Just maybe there is a small chance that this is possible but I’m still pessimistic about it.

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The US are changing right now in various ways. Not all for the better, but what we see these days are the results of these changes, sort of growing pains. Maybe these changes will be too much and things will devolve into a collapse of the federation or violent oppression of one of the sides of the raging culture wars, but more likely things will settle down after a while to a new normal.

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The things I see/read online and hear from my relatives living there honestly doesn’t give me much hope for a better future. I can only wish that you’re right and that it will settle down with the new normal not being a society where the current issues have become normalized.

History says no. Once an empire starts down the path the US is on there is no going back.

Things will definitely change once the country collapses. And that vollapse isnt far away, considering the extreme inflation, inequality, completely senile president, generally incompetent government, and military defeats.

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I think inflation, military defeats and the president are the least of the country’s worries. IMO the previous president was much worse in regards to competence. Moreover, the current inflation of the US is somewhat average among most industrial countries at the moment, with countries like Turkey being much worse off. Lastly, I don’t think military defeats would actually affect society or the country in a negative way. Instead I believe that the Government would learn from their past mistakes and try to stop invading other countries. But this could also just be wishful thinking.

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