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Spring 2021


In modern times we have come to a point where many people have considered the United States a declining state. Many scholars, offering their reason as to why this is happening, ranging from not being involved enough in foreign affairs to our growing national debt. There are many reasons why this might be happening. There has been a massive problem that has plagued the United States well before the start of the 21st century. The Major Political Divide (MPD). The MPD or sometimes known as party politics or Hyper Partisanship has been a problem for many countries, with each one declining as a result. Russia during the early 1900s had grown so far apart that it triggered a civil war. After the revolution, Russia was not seen as a great power again until WWII. Most of Chinese history has been nothing but political disputes leading to war among each other, the most recent being that of Mao Zedong's Communists against the Nationalists. The political divide in Germany during the 1930s ultimately leads to the rise of Hitler and the Nazi party. With countless examples of how political divisiveness can lead to a country's decline. In Modern-day America, we can see the same divide among the political parties today. Looking mainly at the United States, we can use other country's history and compare that to modern America and why we have been declining far longer than what most people think.