America Deeply Divided

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Some in the US are now asking what was once unthinkable: Is the US nearing a civil war?

  • The United States is deeply divided — some say so divided, that a civil war is no longer an unthinkable prospect.
  • As the January 6th attack on the Capitol one year ago showed, many — particularly on the far right — are willing to use political violence and abandon the democratic process.
  • While many view talk of civil war as alarmist, statistics and polls somewhat backup the concern. Perhaps most worrying is the simple fact that there are more guns than people in the US.
  • Political factions in the US increasingly view opponents as existential threats. In one poll, 30 percent of Republicans and 11 percent of Democrats said they’re willing to resort to violence.
  • The division is only deepened by the fact that partisan factions differ not only in their views, but fail to share a common set of facts.
  • Most Republicans continue to believe in the lie pushed by Donald Trump that the 2020 election was stolen. Meanwhile, Republican legislators are passing laws that make it harder for people to vote.
  • In other words, belief in democracy — the idea that political differences can be hashed out in a peaceful, democratic process — is being undermined.
  • Many Americans, as a consequence, fear a repeat of the events of January 6 — or worse — following the next presidential election in 2024.
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