By William S. Lind, Traditional Right
The last time America faced an election where two incompatible cultures contended was 1860. Then, the face-off was between the industrial culture of the North and the agri-culture of the South (as Wendell Berry reminds us, agriculture is culture). The result was the bloodiest war in American history. Now, the fight is between cultural Marxism, represented by Democrats, and traditional, Western, Judeo-Christian culture, defended (imperfectly) by the Republicans. Will there be blood this time as there was last?
If President Trump is re-elected, as I expect, we will probably see a few riots conjured up by antifa/BLM. They will largely be confined to cities whose governments tolerate them, places such as Seattle, Portland, and Oakland, California. Elsewhere, the cops will be on full alert and any violence will be put down quickly. The Left will realize that the antics of antifa, BLM, and the anarchists cost them the election, so even the Leftist mayors and governors will be looking to maintain order. In all, violence should not amount to much.
If Biden wins but Republicans keep the Senate, I would again anticipate little or no violence. Biden will have to govern from the center (his probable preference) because extreme measures won’t make it through the Senate. Such a Democratic Presidency would largely be a repeat of the Obama years, which will do major damage to the economy. In 2022, the economic downturn should give the Republicans the House and a larger Senate majority, rendering Biden largely a figurehead. In other words, politics will be carried on within the political system, not in the streets.