The Coming of the Civil War?
What is the likelihood that the United States could have a second civil war? The topic has been mentioned a few times since the election, though no discussion ever occurs on the matter because that would be too radical for most people. Though as a history geek it is a fascinating topic to think about.
The country is divided. Not north and south, but urban and rural. Not blue and gray, but blue and red. Liberals were disgusted by 8 years of George W. Bush and conservatives are horrified by 8 years of Barack Obama. Is that itself enough to lead to a civil war? Not likely, but of course that’s not all there is to it.
The country is more than just in disagreement. Essentially half the country feels threatened and persecuted. Their concerns are not without merit.
But could there actually be a civil war? I seriously doubt it.
While half the country feels chased I don’t think the typical modern American has it in them to do anything about it. Surely there are a great number of individual Americans who would be willing to do something, but the majority wouldn’t do anything.
It’s not worth the risk. Why risk their lives for freedom and what they think is the better way of life when they have a pretty nice life going anyway. When’s the last time they had to struggle for anything?
This is why we don’t see any revolutions in advanced and open countries. Sure, part of the reason is because they are advanced and open societies that they don’t induce revolutions but that doesn’t mean they shouldn’t.
During the American revolution and the French revolution, the Bolshevik revolution, those countries were at the peak of moderninity. Modern is a moment in time, not a place.
Americans are too soft to rebel against their government. The hunters and gun owners who are listed as threats to the government are nothing without popular support.
Chris Dorner may have tied up the LAPD for a week by himself, so individuals can cause big acts, however without extended support they will likely not last all that long.
The American Civil War occurred not because individuals Southerners were upset at the differences with the North and decided to act on their impulses but because the states they lived in had those ideas and were willing to act upon them.
Civil wars occur because people have something they believe is worth fighting for and haven’t got much to lose in trying to get it. How many residents of Shaker Heights, Ohio are going to sacrifice their Lexus, single serve coffee maker, and primetime TV to sit in a foxhole and watch the perimeter for tanks coming up the Ohio river valley? Not many. It’s too hard and asks to much.
The United States will not see another civil war. It’s people are too docile and no change would be affected by small individual acts. A few angry people do not represent the entirety of American inertia. The only chance for something like this to happen again is if it followed the same path as before and it was a single state, perhaps with others following along, declaring independence and seceding. Then the question becomes, if Americans are too feeble to conduct a civil war, would they also be too feeble to drag a nation back into the union again?
Posted on March 1, 2013, in Hope for America, No Hope For America, Problems to Ponder and tagged american civil war, civil war, individuals, north, revolution, secession, south, union. Bookmark the permalink. 6 Comments.