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How You Can Help Prevent America From Ever Becoming A Third World Country

First Posted: 08/27/10 03:08 PM ET Updated: 05/25/11 06:30 PM ET

Third World America Steps

As Arianna outlines in Third World America, there are compelling reasons to fear that the United States is in danger of becoming a third world nation. But the country's decline will only happen if we let it. Here's what you can do to make sure it doesn't.

Step 1: Share Your Story

Our descent into Third World America may not be televised...but it will be blogged, tweeted, posted on Facebook, covered with a camera phone, and uploaded to YouTube. And by shining the spotlight on it, we may be able to prevent it. Read More

Step 2: Tap Into Your Resilience

Inner strength and resilience make it possible for us to not just survive the economic crisis but to transform our lives. Read More

Step 3: Build Your Financial Literacy

There are many things we can do, right now, to take matters into our own hands and move our families to safer financial ground. Read More

Step 4: Move Your Money

While it may not be in our power to change the system single-handedly, we do have the power to take our money out of the banks that undermined our economy and move it to more responsible banks to help rebuild it. Read More

Step 5: Use Your Skills, Time, Or Money To Help Others

It's becoming clearer by the day that we can't save the middle class and keep America a first world nation without each of us making a personal commitment and taking action. Now, more than ever, we must mine the most underrated leadership resource available to us: ourselves. Read More

Step 6: Hold Our Leaders Accountable

If politicians put their finger in the wind to see which way it's blowing before deciding what to do, well, let's change the direction of the wind. Read More

Step 7: Meetup And Make A Difference

WATCH Arianna discuss ways to prevent Third World America:

Pledge for the American Dream!
I pledge to spend at least 4 hours this month strengthening my community so America never becomes a Third World nation.

How have you been impacted by the financial crisis -- and how are you bouncing back? What are you doing to help prevent America from ever becoming a Third World nation?
SHARE YOUR STORY!
 

We want to hear how you and those you love have been affected, how you are recovering, and what you're doing to improve your own community -- and, by extension, the entire country. Let us know in writing or upload a video to YouTube and send us the link, and we will add your story to the map!

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Filed by Grace Kiser  |