“How is it that there is so much material “advancement” in the USA even though there is no formal demigod worship? Is a man after economic development automatically worshiping Lord Siva whether he is making Yajna or not?” Actually there is no material advancement in the USA. Material advancement means there is amply opportunity for eating, sleeping, mating, and defending. Superficially, it appears that in the USA there is sufficient provision of eating, sleeping, mating and defending, but actually nobody is safe even in their good apartments. There are many persons in the Bowery street, they have no shelter to live. So if a certain fraction of the people are supposed to be very materially happy at the cost of others, that is not material advancement. Had it been so, then why there are so many persons confused and frustrated? So actually there is no material advancement here. Here nice intelligent and qualified youngsters, he has to work hard day & night simply for their subsistence. It can be called capitalist advancement, and the reaction for such advancement is communism. Such movement is simply suppressed in the USA, but actually the reaction is this.
Ref >> Srila Prabhupada Vani.