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    Culture Wars Will End In Another Civil War

    Identity Politics Is Poisoning American Civic Life

    That brings us to something else that might get lost in the Pew numbers: the median Democratic voter has radicalized much faster than the median Republican voter, and most of this radicalization happened while a Democratic president was in office. That counterintuitive trend points to a larger problem with how the Left in particular understands the American project and our prospects for living together in peace and prosperity. Although itís true that Republicans have moved further to the right as Democrats have moved further to the left, itís the leftward slide that should worry us.

    For all their shortcomings, conservatives at least have a limiting principle for politics. Most of them believe, for example, in the principles enshrined in the Constitution and maintain that no matter how bad things are, the Bill of Rights is a necessary bulwark, sometimes the only bulwark, against tyranny and violence. In contrast, hereís Timothy Egan of The New York Times arguing unabashedly for the repeal of the Second and Fifth Amendments.

    The rapid radicalization of Democrats along these lines follows a ruthless logic about the entire premise of the American constitutional order. If you believe, as progressives increasingly do, that America was founded under false pretenses and built on racial oppression, then why bother conserving it? And why bother trying to compromise with those on the other side, especially if they reject progressivesí unifying theory that America is forever cursed by its original sin of slavery, which nothing can expiate?

    Before you scoff, understand that this view of race and America is increasingly mainstream on the American Left. To read someone like Ta-Nehisi Coates, whose recent article in The Atlantic is a manifesto of racial identity politics that argues Trumpís presidency is based on white supremacy, is to realize that progressive elites no longer believe they can share a republic with conservatives, or really anyone with whom they disagree.

    Coates has attained near god-like status among progressives with his oracular writings on race and politics, which take for granted the immutability of race and racial animus. So itís deeply disturbing when he writes, as he does in a new collection of essays, that ďshould white supremacy fall, the means by which that happens might be unthinkable to those of us bound by present realities and politics.Ē
    Weíre tempted to suggest a conspiracy here ó but itís just liberals agreeing yet again that conservatives have hidden, evil motives, because modern liberals simply canít conceive of any other reason to disagree with the liberal consensus.

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    Invest in precious metals!
    I'm all in with brass and lead.
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    I'm all in with brass and lead.
    With just a bit of copper.
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    I seriously doubt another Civil War will result.

    Too many Americans are living too good.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hijinx View Post
    I seriously doubt another Civil War will result.

    Too many Americans are living too good.


    when the Gov runs out of other peoples money ....
    Weíre tempted to suggest a conspiracy here ó but itís just liberals agreeing yet again that conservatives have hidden, evil motives, because modern liberals simply canít conceive of any other reason to disagree with the liberal consensus.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hijinx View Post
    I seriously doubt another Civil War will result.

    Too many Americans are living too good.
    Don't count on it. ANTIFA is serious about Nov 4th.
    Je suis prest

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    Quote Originally Posted by GURPS View Post

    when the Gov runs out of other peoples money ....
    That's it.
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