An alarming fracture has developed in the United States – Americans just don’t love and support each other the way they used to.
In fact, an annual study on global peace has just been released that indicates the United States is now the biggest decliner in the world with regards to political turbulence, reduced freedom of the press, increased crime and corruption and less acceptance of minorities.
The decline in peace in the U.S. isn’t blamed on Trump either. Steve Killelea, founder of The Institute of Economics and Peace, who conducted the study, said, “We’ve seen a political fracture in the U.S. that isn’t a reflection of the election of President Donald Trump, but is represented by both sides of the political divide, seeing the other as a danger to the nation.”
According to the study, out of 161 “most-peaceful” countries, the United States has fallen by 11 places, to #114, reports Bloomberg. The study is reportedly based on 23 factors that include economic stability, domestic violence, crime, conflicts, and human rights, and reports that the global economic impact of violence is a whopping $14.3 trillion.
Iceland retained it’s spot as the number one most peaceful country. Killelea claims that despite all the conflicts in the Middle East and the terror attacks in Europe, 93 countries actually slid upward on the scale as becoming more peaceful, while 68 countries declined.
Terrorist deaths increased in France and Sweden, causing France to drop five places on the list, but they are still at number 51, compared to the United States at 114.
South America and Asia are noted as some of the most improved areas for peace.
For the fifth year in a row, Syria was at the bottom of the list as the least peaceful country. The bottom five were Afghanistan, Iraq, South Sudan, Yemen and Syria.
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