The United States was ranked eighteenth in the Social Progress Index (‘SPI’), a study that looks at environmental and social data on a per country basis.

SPI produces the report to help policymakers address their most pressing public policy challenges.

Michael Green, the CEO behind the SPI said, “[the U.S.] is failing to address basic human needs, equip citizens to improve their quality of life, protect the environment, and provide opportunityfor everyone to make personal choices and reach their full potential,” according to Bloomberg magazine.

Second tier countries often perform well on issues relating to water sanitation and infrastructure but do poorly on issues relating to social unity and civic issues. Countries that do well in those metrics are called, “very high social progress” nations.

The U.S. performed poorly in “Health and Wellness” and “Tolerance And Inclusion”. A nation’s social progress is not necessarily correlated to GDP. Two nations can have similar GDP but have entirely different ways of redistributing it.

The U.S. lacks a universal health care system, unlike other industrial or post-industrial economies.

This lack of a unified approach to health care results in disparities in treatments, costs, and lifespans.

Access to the U.S. health care system is often predicated on having private health insurance (which can be very costly) or wealth. The American health system has seen progress since the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, but it is highly possible that Republicans will be successful in repealing it.

In terms of inclusion and social coherence, the U.S. has regressed from where it was even recently.

The election of President Donald Trump ushered in an era of open White Supremacy, bigotry, and hostility to everyone except White Protestant Christian Males.

There has been a corresponding increase in violent incidents grounded in hate. The U.S. has not had an open racist in the White House since Harry Truman nearly seventy years ago.

The President’s open acceptance of racists like Stephen Bannon, Jeff Sessions, and Stephen Miller are signals to his base that he is accepting of racists and racist beliefs.

According to Gallup, In 2014, only 14% of Americans “worried a great deal about race relations”. In 2017, that percentage had skyrocketed to 2017.

American is changing, but it isn’t for the better.