I do not mean "socialism" in a political sense. I mean "socialism" in a social society of the US population. What has become growing since the Viet Nam conflict and seemingly peaking after the Obama election in 2008 is a festering internal hatred and distrust of others in the US. The United States, as I remember it as do so many others of my age group; considered "Baby Boomer's" and others a little younger or older, remember the easy-going, comfortable and cordial atmosphere our social life was at one time. Now, it seems hostility toward everyone is common.
One can see this more clearly if you reside in remote, rural America, or better yet, overseas. I'm connected with retired military personnel who reside overseas in numerable foreign countries and the discussions are frequent as to what this growing hostility in America is becoming. Many "groups" have popped-up promoting their certain type of protesting mostly government action, or inaction, and those within it. There is an intense strain of prejudice and extremist activism in both old-time religions and newly-formed religionists churches. Anti-government "Tea Party"-ist advocates; large-market media influence (mostly radio talk show personalities) promoting fear-mongering; resurgence of the "militia movement"; the "Birther Movement"; and on a large scale, conspiracy theorists exhorting true form government mistakes and decisions and don't forget the "Three Percenters"...in general, the very population of Americans are so frustrated at the manner of which their government is operating - which causes worldwide reprocussions and economical drains, is causing this growing anti-social trending. Americans seem against everything and everyone.
This problem sweeps across America through incivility, fervorous activism - even into public forums such as town meetings to flagrant acts of intimidation and violence in every overt form.
Foreigners, notice especially the hostile atmosphere of the US, and so do Americans living abroad for years now, see it clearly and ever-growing. America has changed and is changing socially and I'm afraid it is not for the better. :zca: