We are a unionist-leaning federal republic with global imperialistic tendencies due to a highly-unregulated captialistic economic system. We also have strong traditions of liberty and democracy laid over a culture of white religious fanatics, immigrants, former slaves, and conquered peoples (French, Spanish, and Natives). This liberty and democracy is currently countered by a neo-fascist movement bent on creating more laws and harsher punishments for offenders and a successful effort to control the minds and attitudes of citizens through corporate-controlled media outlets, church, and public education. The curbing of opinions and the greater law-and-order is again a result of the combination of unregulated capitalism, religious fanaticism, racism, and xenophobia. The control of attitudes and opinions negates the democratic aspects of the electoral system of the republic. Another economic collapse is expected.