The biggest threat to America? Americans. | Jared Diamond

The biggest threat to America? Americans. | Jared Diamond


National crises: There are lots of them, and
they have common features. The United States is spiraling into a crisis
today. Other countries, countries that I know well
and have lived in, have gotten through crises, such as Australia, Germany, Finland, Chile,
Indonesia, Japan. There are generalizations about the outcomes
of national crises. A country is not going to resolve a national
crisis unless it acknowledges that it’s in a crisis. If you don’t, you’re going to get nowhere. Many Americans still don’t recognize today
that the United States is descending into a crisis. An obvious second step is that once you recognize
that you’re in a crisis, you have to acknowledge that you have a responsibility. There’s something that you can do about it. It’s not enough to say, ‘Wah, wah, poor me. I’m a helpless victim. Pity, pity, self pity, there’s nothing I can
do.’ Nonsense. Even if there were bad countries out there,
getting out of the crisis will then depend upon what you are going to do vis-á-vis those
bad countries. In the United States nowadays, there’s too
much talk about what those Chinese and what those Canadians and what those Mexicans are
doing to us and isn’t that terrible, and not enough talk about how we Americans are generating
our own problems. The only people who can ruin democracy in
the United States are Americans. There’s no way that Canadians and Mexicans
or Chinese can undermine American democracy. These are national crises. But by now, all of you just reflect back on
your personal lives; we’ve all had personal crises. Our marriages have broken down; a loved one,
a child, a spouse, a brother or a sister died, transforming our view of the justice of the
world; we encountered a financial crisis or a career crisis or a health crisis. We all know about these crises, and we all
know by experience how we succeeded or, for a while, we resisted at getting through our
personal crises. We all know that as long as we deny that we
were in a crisis, as long as we said, ‘My marriage is working great’ until the day when
your wife or husband walked in and said ‘I’m getting a divorce,’ you didn’t deal with problems
in your marriage as long you said my marriage is doing great. Or when your marriage breaks down, and you
say, ‘Wah wah, it’s because of my terrible husband or wife.’ But what did you do to provoke your terrible
husband or wife? It’s your responsibility. If you want to have a better next marriage,
you better do something about it. Or the confidence that you get from previous
crises. I had a severe professional crisis at the
age of 21. I had subsequent professional crises, but
because I got through my crisis at age 21, when new crises came up later, I thought ‘Hm,
I got through something terrible before. I’ll probably get through this one now.’ Similarly, for nations, nations gain confidence
looking through — from the memory of the previous national crises that they got through. Finland — when Finland celebrated its 100
years of independence last year, the focus of Finland’s celebration of independence was
not Finland’s independence. It was instead, Finland preserving its independence
in the war against the Soviet Union in 1939 to 1945. The Finns felt we got through that, we can
get through anything. For we Americans, we got through some terrible
things in the past. We got through our war of independence, we
got through the Civil War, we got through the Depression, we got through Pearl Harbor,
we got through these terrible things. Yes, we have problems today. But we solved difficult problems in the past. We can solve this one today.

100 thoughts on “The biggest threat to America? Americans. | Jared Diamond

  1. More Koch-funded bullshit. The problem is largely too many non-Americans and leftists trying to subvert the country. Real Americans don’t play ball with the bullshit that is destroying our country.

  2. Jared's comment about how important it is for nations to remember that they've survived past crises is important, because one of those crises was World War 2, but the recent immigrants to America DO NOT HAVE ancestors who helped America get through that crisis.

    And I don't even think America "got through" 9/11 because too many "Americans" blamed vague ideas like "US foreign policy" , "Israel", and "Saudi Arabia" for 9/11, rather than blaming the terrorists who committed 9/11.

  3. when he says marriage he means
    what did the man do not the women because women are angels
    if I known wtf I did wrong I would of changed it, Why would I have to assume anything?
    you are a dumb fuck

  4. If we all put forgiveness first, and choose to not take social media and online news seriously we don’t have to worry. These platforms are only as powerful as we perceive them to be, the people are in control.

  5. Our President hates Democracy and the American Constitution, they cause him terrible inconvenience so the doesn't recognize or cooperate with the other branches. We would descend into dictatorship with more leaders like him and Mitch McConnell. Plus the short term debt cost and long term debt yeild lines have crossed. Recessions commonly follow this signal.
    Economists predict a recession before 2020, but that's a problem for the next president. Our national debt is unbelievably high and the tax cuts go to the top 10% yet one party insists the answer to all economic problems is tax cuts. Sam Brownback devastated the Kansas economy using "Trickle Down Economics", he actually believed the BS. We are losing the confidence and admiration of our allies due to our President. it goes on and on but 90% of half our voters refuse to recognize these facts. Preferring to call the press, "enemy of the people". We are definitely in a crisis created by Americans.

  6. Yes. The people don’t realize they are being manipulated. 1938 Germany was the same yet today’s American can not see the similarities of the Nuremberg rallies to Trump rallies. They love their hate and will die for it. The world is overcrowded and there is no more love. We are all fighting for survival.

  7. If you say that there is a problem with the US while in the US (even if you suggest a solution) then people will just say, "go back to where you came from".

    Self reflection is not allowed.

  8. Throw this book in the thrash. On page 192 is says the climate crisis is easy to solve.. just stop using fossil fuels. Diamond is out of touch with reality.

  9. Are Americans really blaming us Canadians? If they are they're projecting their guilt about their health care system, or lack there of. Regardless, it's time to realize we're on the same continent and we're stuck with each other.

  10. I remember Diamond stated in early 2009, right after the financial crisis, that the USA has a 23% chance of survival. He stated that the people in power have not felt the pain of the common man. Today in the year 2019 I believe he's being proven correct.

  11. America's left party and right party are crap….. America is the one of the country which is gonna die soon…

  12. Fascism is the biggest threat. Hes describing fascism. palingenetic ultranationalism. We war abroad brought home.

  13. "There's no way Mexicans can ruin our democracy" – Jared diamond

    They can if fucking millions of them illegally enter the country and are given the right to vote and loads of free stuff by desperate Democrats.

    Isn't this Jared Diamond the same guy whose book Guns, Germs and Steel had almost every point refuted by actual experts in the various fields?

    For example, he claims that Africa was held back by a lack of domesticable animals, no horses like the West had for power or transportation.

    Shame that anyone can just Google " Lord Rothschilds Zebra Carriage " and see pictures of a team of domesticated zebra happily pulling a carriage along the road in central London.

    Jared – You Sir, are a beardy old Fraud.

    Your whole book is basically grasping at any 'plausible' sounding difference in geography, agriculture/flora/fauna/history to excuse the Africans lack of progress, whilst steadfastly refusing to look at the huge amounts of IQ Research which betters explains the lack/difference.

  14. "If you have selfish, ignorant citizens, you're gonna get selfish, ignorant leaders." ~George Carlin

    The great thing about democracy is everybody's opinion is heard. The worst thing about democracy is everybody has an opinion and most of the time it's uninformed and fed to them by the uninformed people they elect. I swear, if you had critical thinking classes in public schools we wouldn't be in the situation we're in, right now.

  15. I agree there are certain Americans that create the threat to America, however, the invasion on America is the tactic of specific Americans who refuse to do anything about such invasions. Just an opinion, feel free to disagree.

  16. the biggest threat to america is the retard conservative and russian agendas. china is a problem too but the problem there is them trying to convince people that 1989 never happened and everything is sunshine and flowers over there.

  17. Respond to hate with love and compassion. Match every hateful act with kindness. Eventually everyone will know who the bad ones are.

  18. Many of my fellow Americans suffer from no desire or built in concern for what is going on. So many are focused only inwardly on their OWN life, what’s happening on Facebook or Twitter. They ARE selfishly, and purposefully ignorant. They don’t want to see what is going on. They don’t show up for their social responsibility. They don’t learn about history, government, the world or who will be representing them. Every election cycle my wife comes to me and asks who should I vote for. I say go and learn and find out for yourself. Which she never does and then just ignorantly votes for the one party she mostly identified with when she went through civics classes 20 years ago. Good luck America! God Bless America! I hope we start to care, and seek out truth and knowledge deliberately for ourselves.

  19. Guess this guy's never heard of foreign propoganda influence and foreign elitists pouring money into getting their puppet candidates elected through their foundations they funnel money through. Foreign elites have every intention of breaking down America.

  20. Best thing for America to do is open its borders because something something racism something orange man bad.

  21. Ok now come on my wife and I have been fighting via messenger and I have all sorts of these type of videos and and warning above all comment sections to keep comments civil and remember the community standards

  22. This guy is absurdly vague about what he means by crisis. He starts out listing other counties that have been in "crisis" If some countries have been through crises and others have it he must mean something particular when he says crisis. He never tells us what that is. The national crisis America is facing right now is one of political volatility. We literally have a reality show star as President right now. He talks about addressing problems and he fails to mention any of Americas problems that America is supposed to address.

  23. The threat to Americans is bad education and bad information from lazy, lying, fake scholars like Jared Diamond.

  24. Not a surprise. The right wing will not rest until a) it has enslaved the entire country or b) it destroys the country out of spite. Need proof? Donald J. Trump. Class dismissed.

  25. The talk about what others have been doing to us goes back long before this fool was born. It was used against every group that immigrated here. It was used with the Soviet Union, the Germans, the Japanese. This is nothing new. Are his books filled with this much nonsense? Never read one.

  26. This video is not as much about national crises as it is about personal crises, first looking at yourself when you have a problem is indeed what more people should learn to do.

  27. Judging from the level of backlash and personal attacks, what Diamond's saying must be striking a nerve with a lot of individuals and their agendas. Personal responsibility doesn't currently sell well in the US; it stings and the implications are seen as just too difficult to deal with. If American democracy goes down the drain, it will be because of the laziness and indifference of Americans, not because of anyone else.

  28. Jared Diamond uses many words to say more-or-less nothing: "There are problems; they should be dealt with."

  29. Yay! A video not supported by the Koch Bros. I don't think taking money from the infamous "let's damage the US for profit" bunch is a good look.

  30. As an outsider i see that The biggest threat to Americans is the slow erosion of the Social Fabric ( broken families , ideological intolerance , the spread of LGBT who don't procreat , anti-natalism ,inequality , aging population )

  31. O say can you see, by the dawn's early light,
    What so proudly we hailed at the twilight's last gleaming,
    Whose broad stripes and bright stars through the perilous fight,
    O'er the ramparts we watched, were so gallantly streaming?
    And the rockets' red glare, the bombs bursting in air,
    Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there;
    O say does that star-spangled banner yet wave
    O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave?

    On the shore dimly seen through the mists of the deep,
    Where the foe's haughty host in dread silence reposes,
    What is that which the breeze, o'er the towering steep,
    As it fitfully blows, half conceals, half discloses?
    Now it catches the gleam of the morning's first beam,
    In full glory reflected now shines in the stream:
    'Tis the star-spangled banner, O long may it wave
    O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave.

    And where is that band who so vauntingly swore
    That the havoc of war and the battle's confusion,
    A home and a country, should leave us no more?
    Their blood has washed out their foul footsteps' pollution.
    No refuge could save the hireling and slave
    From the terror of flight, or the gloom of the grave:
    And the star-spangled banner in triumph doth wave,
    O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave.

    O thus be it ever, when freemen shall stand
    Between their loved homes and the war's desolation.
    Blest with vict'ry and peace, may the Heav'n rescued land
    Praise the Power that hath made and preserved us a nation!
    Then conquer we must, when our cause it is just,
    And this be our motto: 'In God is our trust.'
    And the star-spangled banner in triumph shall wave
    O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave!

  32. We are not going to get through the current crisis. We can’t even agree on free speech. We taught our children to judge a person by their worst act. We have taught our children to judge a person by the biases and the worst possible interpretation of the words they are using. We have taught our children to use shame, race, bigotry, bias, and half-truths as a weapon to divide and destroy. The infection and curse of the middle-east has infected us. In the middle-east people love to hate. Now we do too. We hate each other. You can’t have a country when Hate is the only thing that everyone has in common.

    Maybe the way to survive is to split up the country amicably. Split the states based on who they agree with, and want to work with.

  33. How do powerful wealthy nations fall from their own mistakes. History has proven this time after time. I heard white supremacists admit that America is no better than the romans and the Egyptians when it comes to natural ways of things. You can blame it on God, mother nature or aliens the universe doesn't give a fuck about a skin color or the size of a person bank account. If it's meant to happen it's going to happen.

  34. His book "Guns, Germs and Steel" is one of the best books I've ever read.  It got me rethinking everything I had learned up to that point.

  35. "American" dose NOT exclusively refer to people in The US
    "America" or "The Americas" includes all of north AMERICA, central AMERICA, and south AMERICA.
    "AMERICA" consists of about 20 or so countries, the US is only one of them
    Pretty much the entire western hemisphere is "AMERICAN"
    Geographically speaking, about half the enter world is "AMERICAN"

    …..so yeah…….. youre gonna wanna be more specific, and not ignore the majority of "AMERICANS" and half the entire planet.

  36. Nowadays I call that; trumpification, NEVER your own fault, ALWAYS " someone else " …………………

  37. I like the idea of what he's saying overall, and it's true that not enough responsibility is being taken by many, but it simply isn't true that "there is nothing that Mexicans can do to undermine American democracy". They're being imported and given voting power by the DNC that they do not legally have a right to, in order to sway elections. They're a replacement electorate, and that quite literally undermines democracy.

  38. Since most americans never travel and never inform themselves about the world beyond their borders, they just dont know that many things could be much better. And still think its the 1950s, where america was actually the most advanced and developed in almost every way.

  39. To all those complaining what crisis he's talking about, I think Diamond purposefully left it out because they're all pretty obvious — gun violence, opioids, income inequality, etc. Everyone has their own favorite crisis to fawn over, so what's the point of bringing up just one? They're all important in their own ways. So the question is: what are you doing to bring about change for what you believe in?

  40. "All the people of Europe and Asia, could not by force set a track on the blue ridge, or take a drink from the Ohio River. If destruction be our last, we ourselves will be it's author and finisher." – Abraham Lincoln, Lyceum Address.

  41. He doesn't even identify what the crisis is, he just claims there is, that we have to acknowledge it, and waffles on about obvious shit like how people who solved previous crises are more well equipped to deal with crises down the line.
    And what's more Mexico certainly can have an affect on the American republic. The millions of illegals streaming over the border overwhelmingly vote Democrat, completely shifting the balance of power out of the hands of U.S. citizens and into the hands of a fucking political party. It's already happening in Texas.

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  43. If the United States could see what The United States is doing to The United States, The United Stated would invade the United States.

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