US society falling apart, on track for total collapse: New York Times
The American society seems to be on track for total collapse in various aspects, with the boundaries of immoral behavior, social disobedience and racial violence being pushed in an unprecedented way, the New York Times has warned.
In an opinion piece by its veteran commentator David Brooks, the paper touched on an unprecedented rise of disruptive traits, citing reckless driving as an example.
"Not only is reckless driving on the rise," the paper said, "but the number of altercations on airplanes has exploded, the murder rate is surging in cities, drug overdoses are increasing, Americans are drinking more, nurses say patients are getting more abusive, and so on and so on."
Next on its list was the state of education, where "teachers are facing a rising tide of disruptive behavior".
“Schools have seen an increase in both minor incidents, like students talking in class, and more serious issues, such as fights and gun possession. In Dallas, disruptive classroom incidents have tripled this year compared with prepandemic levels, school officials said.”
The Times cited an essay this month by the Institute for Family Studies titled “The Drug Epidemic Just Keeps Getting Worse.”
"The essay noted that drug deaths had risen almost continuously for more than 20 years, but 'overdoses shot up especially during the pandemic.' For much of this time the overdose crisis has been heavily concentrated among whites, but in 2020, the essay observed, 'the Black rate exceeded the white rate for the first time.'"
The paper also mentioned a CNN story in October titled “Hate Crime Reports in US Surge to the Highest Level in 12 Years, FBI says.”
"The FBI found that between 2019 and 2020 the number of attacks targeting Black people, for example, rose to 2,871 from 1,972," it said.
"The number of gun purchases has soared. In January 2021, more than two million firearms were bought, The Washington Post reported, 'an 80 percent year-over-year spike and the third-highest one-month total on record'."
According to the paper, Americans’ hostility toward one another seems to be growing, while their care for one another seems to be falling.
"A study from Indiana University’s Lilly Family School of Philanthropy found that the share of Americans who give to charity is steadily declining. In 2000, 66.2 percent of households made a charitable donation. But by 2018 only 49.6 percent did. The share who gave to religious causes dropped as worship service attendance did. But the share of households who gave to secular causes also hit a new low, 42 percent, in 2018," it said.