Is America on the Brink of Civil War?

November 15, 2019

  • Like spreading wildfire, countries around the world are erupting in violence and protest
  • Most people think the US is on the brink of a civil war
  • Activists and politicians are fanning the flames
  • It’s dangerous to speak up but we have to, in order to prevent violence
  • Question of the day: is use of free speech enough to prevent a civil war?

Urban Chaos

Xi Jinping of China just said he wanted to “restore order” in Hong Kong, worsening fears of another Tiananmen Square-like catastrophe in the semi-free city. The recent president of Bolivia Evo Morales escaped to Mexico, fearing for his life.

Huge swaths of Chile are still under a state of emergency after almost a dozen people have been killed protesting. France and many other nations are up in arms.

But here in the United States, we remain unruffled.

Why is that?

There’s a sense that something’s wrong, but life is good here, materially. The economy persists despite Bill Maher’s white-knuckled hope that millions lose their jobs, just so Trump can lose his.

We live well but we are seething.

A combat veteran who works the night shift at my gym told me to buy a gun now because it’s only a matter of months before they will be banned. The SF board of supervisors, after all, just designated the NRA a terrorist organization.

People are on edge.

Is America about to erupt into violence?

A new civility poll reveals that the average American believes we’re two-thirds of the way toward the brink of a civil war.

From the study:

Voters broadly agree with the premise that our political culture has become too uncivil and lacks a focus on solutions, and that common ground and compromise should be the goal for political leaders—while at the same time, equal numbers want leaders to “stand up to the other side” and stand up to “powerful special interests.”

Despite revulsion at the growing animosity, people refuse to table their demands.

That’s actually a good thing.

People still have a sense that they can speak up and ask for what they want.

But it’s often foolhardy, like James Damore who got fired for proposing a way to make Google more diverse. His intentions were good but his inability to conform to a narrow ideology made him victim to a hungry mob of the activated.

Woke culture is singling out people by category and hurting their livelihoods, destroying their reputations, and it’s a scary time for people who don’t agree with the dominant leftist narrative.

It may be stupid to speak up in today’s climate, it may even turn into a fight. But I believe that whatever the short term costs of talking back, society will benefit from more people sharing their perspectives.

Question of the day:
Is free speech enough to stop the impending civil war?

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Posted by Will Sherman