Category: American Decline

No Civil War, No Secession

Banned Hipster Every normal man must be tempted, at times, to spit on his hands, hoist the black flag, and begin slitting throats. — H. L. Mencken It’s a fantasy for right-wing white males. It’s a specifically male thing, because males like violence, and violence seems simple. The […]

No, We Can’t Get a National Divorce There’s growing sentiment for secession, particularly on the right. It should be rejected.

I’m increasingly seeing articles like this in the mainstream media. The system is getting worried. By Ed Kilgore, Intelligencer Nobody has to convince me the divisions between the “red” and “blue” segments of our country are deep, bitter, and authentic. That and a closely related topic, the radicalization […]

US social fragmentation at multiple scales

By Leila Hedayatifar, Rachel A. Rigg, Yaneer Bar-Yam and Alfredo J. Morales Despite global connectivity, societies seem to be increasingly polarized and fragmented. This phenomenon is rooted in the underlying complex structure and dynamics of social systems. Far from homogeneously mixing or adopting conforming views, individuals self-organize into […]

Prophets of American Decline

By Declan Leary, The American Conservative On January 20, 2017, Donald Trump opened his administration on an unusually (but appropriately) bleak note. Surveying the decline ongoing all over the nation, the new president promised better days ahead. Mothers and children trapped in poverty in our inner cities, rusted […]