As a result, the United States suffers a number of pathologies that do not plague other advanced nations: “In areas such as public education, health and wellness, personal safety, water and sanitation, environmental quality, and tolerance and inclusion, among others, U.S. progress has stalled or gone in reverse.”
Rather than leading the world in these areas, America has tumbled down the list compared to other advanced countries, perhaps most notably in the area of education.
The U.S. has found its way to a poorly educated public, which necessarily limits citizens’ economic opportunities, and has fallen well behind other advanced economies. Gehl and Porter noted that in 2015, the U.S. ranked 31st out of 35 OECD countries in math, after hitting the 25 spot in 2009. Similarly, the U.S. dropped from 14th in reading to 20th, and in science, from 17th to 19th.
“The result: America’s political system today would be unrecognizable to our founders. In fact, certain of our founders warned against political parties,” they wrote.
John Adams, our second President, said, “There is nothing which I dread so much as a division of the republic into two great parties, each arranged under its leader, and concerting measures in opposition to each other.”
Our founders— and most Americans today—would be shocked by the extent to which our democracy has been hijacked by the private and largely unaccountable organizations that constitute today’s political industrial complex.
via mavenroundtable Harvard Business School: The U.S. Political System Has Been ‘Hijacked’