African Americans Brace for a Civil War — Is It Time to Decentralize?
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African Americans Brace for a Civil War — Is It Time to Decentralize?

America is going through a difficult moment, with right versus left making a mockery of civility both online and in public. Whether the ideological divide is going to eventually engulf the whole country, pitting neighbor against neighbor in a war for survival, remains to be seen. Until then, all it takes is a quick glance at Twitter to find countless sources telling tales of vicious attacks brewed by passionate defenses of political ideologies. This brutality might be amplified by online platforms and their users, but to at least one demographic in particular, it signals that things are only getting worse.

A recent Rasmussen Reports survey found that 44% of black voters believe the U.S. will “experience a second civil war sometime in the next five years,” whereas only 7% of white voters believe that a civil war is “very likely” to break out. On the other hand, 38% of white voters don’t see a civil war taking place in America anytime soon.

Among other minorities, concerns regarding a potential war are also high, with 34% of Latinos and others saying a civil war is at least somewhat likely.

While it’s hard to pinpoint the specific reason why each individual black and Latino respondent believes that a war is imminent, it doesn’t take a great deal of analysis to conclude that the left’s scare tactics are working on their target demographics.

Since the 2016 presidential election when Democratic candidates associated Trump with doomsday scenarios, nuclear wars, and utter decline of the American empire, Americans who lean left politically have been told the end is near.

Removing Trump from office, they repeated, was key to getting America back on track.

As the contagious dissatisfaction spread, even the right began to unite against Trump, building up the tensions and helping the left justify its hateful rhetoric.

As the nation follows the impeachment hearings and listens to 2020 Democratic candidates blaming all that is wrong with America on Trump, it’s safe to say there’s no end to the political divide insight.

How long will it take until a civil war does break out? And if it doesn’t, would half of the country be willing to completely criminalize a certain political ideology to soothe the tensions? Would that mean the other half of the country would be pushed into the shadows, being forced to discuss their political leanings away from the thought police?

In time, the prevailing group would want to implement stern measures against those who refuse to comply. By then, would they advocate for the imprisonment of their fellow Americans? What would the future look like in such a politically divided country?

As explained by the Mises Institute president, Jeff Deist, there’s only one real option for those who want peace.

If we want to come out unscathed from this difficult phase, we must go beyond begging for tolerance. Instead, we must elevate division — but not of the social kind. We must bring back localism, federalism, and yes, political separation.

In a country so large and so diverse as America, allowing people to take control of their communities makes sense. After all, a bureaucrat in Washington, D.C., has absolutely no idea what the head of a household in Boise, Idaho, goes through. Why should he be dictating what kind of political ideology that an individual should subscribe to?

In a world where politically charged conflicts could ignite a civil war, why not look at decentralization as a peaceful, lasting solution?

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6 thoughts on “African Americans Brace for a Civil War — Is It Time to Decentralize?

  1. While the Democrats have succeeded in re-igniting the racial divide, they are losing ground as more people of color are leaving the party than ever before. The true division is between the makers and the takers. If a civil war breaks out between those two factions, the takers will lose very quickly.

  2. It’s not necessarily the criminalization of any specific ideology which is the problem (IMO), but perhaps more so what should occur is the criminalization of any ideology which refuses to adhere to the Constitution, which ALL federal employees (elected, enlisted, hired, and otherwise) are sworn to upholds. Yeah, right.

    Sooner or later, all this childish, unthinking, destructive, identity/ideological posturing and bickering will be the end of us all, unless those of us remaining with more than 6 working brain cells say in one voice, ” Shut the *** up and stand in the corner until we say you can move!”

  3. The truth is, like it or not, splitting the country up… Or a civil war are likely the only scenarios in our future.

    The US can never be the united nation we were in decades past for a lot of reasons. The heterogeneity of the nation is too much to overcome, and in practice people just can’t help but try to force their view on others. Therefore we need to split the country into at least 2 nations, if not more. Ideological/cultural self sorting would then happen en masse, and all would be well.

    If that doesn’t happen I’m 99% confident things will come to blows sooner or later. People really need to get over the idea of holding the USA together. There’s nothing wrong with being a slightly smaller nation. The only advantage of being “big” in terms of population is for maintaining an empire, which is a bad idea anyway.

    I say split off the west coast from Socal all the way up to maybe Everett, Washington, leaving the rest of a country a small space to build a Pacific port. Cut off eastern Washington and Oregon, and call it good. All the leftists in the rest of the country can move there, and the sane people can move to the rest of the country. Free trade deal between them, possibly a military pact, and problem solved!

  4. I believe the author summed this up nicely when he wrote: “… we must go beyond begging for tolerance. Instead, we must elevate division — but not of the social kind. We must bring back localism, federalism, and yes, political separation”.
    We have the blue print for this, we called it the U.S. Constitution. Fifty nation states, not being directed from an elite crowd in D.C. The downfall of this country will go step by step with the massive growth in the federal governments power.

  5. If the South had won the 1st Civil War we wouldn’t be needing a second one and the slavery question wouldn’t have lasted anyway in a modern world !

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