American Decline

Plausible Or Overblown? Divided America Leads To Civil War Speculation

Ten years ago, I thought that the US would be in 2042 where it is in 2022.

Respected journalists and thinkers are writing articles about the speculation that the U.S. may see another civil war. In our new series, “A House Divided,” MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell speaks to Barbara F. Walter, author of the new book, “How Civil Wars Start.”

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    My Assassination Politics essay. If you previously believed we “wouldn’t get there” until 2042, that explains why you didn’t want to discuss it. But now, things have changed.
    Effectively, “we ARE there”. If an AP system were operational, today, people would use it, even heavily.

  2. What rubbish! There was a civil war in Ireland. It wasn’t in 1916 and it wasn’t between the English and the Irish, but between the I.R.A. and the regime the English handed the southern counties over to. There was a rebellion in at least 2 stages, beginning in 1916 and ending with the establishment of the Irish Free State.

    The Boers didn’t ‘turn over power to the Black majority’. I doubt majorities ever have power turned over to them. The Boers thought the Western imperialists would join them in the war in Angola against Communism. When the U.S. forced a negotiated settlement there after the Battle of Cuito Cuanavale, the Boers realized the West would fight to the last drop of Boer blood and chose accomodation.

    The compromise which was eventually reached in S. Africa was that the Whites would retain the economic power, while the Blacks would get the political power. We can see how well this worked out for the majority of the Black S. Africans in the antics of S. Africa’s politicians such as Pres. Zuma, the emergence of a rich, Black elite, and the general poverty of their constituents.

    While that sounds sad, it’s just one example of how the West is run. That is, like a corporation. There are those who handle the day to day operations of the corp: the president and the other officers and then there is the board of the stockholders, or, in a non-profit corp., board of trustees. The board chooses the president and decides policy. The officers carry out that policy as they see fit unless they mess up.

    The U.S. is not on the verge of a civil war. The current situation isn’t as it was in the 1850s, but as it was in the 1870s, that is, the end of Reconstruction. The effort to enforce a socially democratic order based on liberation from established customs and caste barriers is likely about to be abandoned in the face of mounting and destabilizing public opposition. The death knell will likely be sounded by the Supreme Court reversing or gutting Roe v. Wade and putting crippling limits on affirmative action. This will be the turning of the tide and much of the century long policy of the elite Left to reduce population growth by separating lust from conception will be abandoned as it already is being by the U.S.’s enemies, Iran and China.

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