If we aren’t changing minds, we are losing.
CNN’s Michael Holmes talks with Professor Barbara Walter of the University of California San Diego about her work on a task force that tries to predict where outside the US a civil war is likely to break out. Walter says the two best predictors of whether violence is likely to occur currently exist in the US and have emerged at a “surprisingly fast rate.”
Though, it ain’t over, until it’s over.
Is Civil War Looming, or Should We Calm Down?
Jan. 13, 2022 - OPINION - Spencer Bokat-Lindell - New York Times
… Civil war, or ordinary crisis?
Certainly Walter’s argument has skeptics. The Times columnist Michelle Goldberg, for example, points out that the list of contemporary anocracies that have fallen into all-out civil war consists without exception of countries transitioning from authoritarianism to democracy. “It’s not clear, however, that the move from democracy toward authoritarianism would be destabilizing in the same way,” she writes. “To me, the threat of America calcifying into a Hungarian-style right-wing autocracy under a Republican president seems more imminent than mass civil violence.”
There is also good reason to doubt that a substantial share of Americans are willing to commit political violence. In a recent working paper, a team of researchers led by Sean J. Westwood of Dartmouth argued that polls showing otherwise are in fact “illusory, a product of ambiguous questions and disengaged respondents.” …
The bottomline is that giving up now, is a loser strategy, time to figure out how to network, raise our* voices (* rationalists, pluralists, believers in science & democracy, and believers in public involvement in our government.
What we have ain’t perfect, but what they want to do is downright totalitarian, is that what you want? Those fat cats that pumped life in the The trump, they don’t care about us, why do their bidding, by rolling over.