May - Aug 2021
Pat Buchanan, Buchanon.org - September 14
George W. Bush's speech commemorating the 20th year since 9/11 accused part of America of threatening the rest of the country. In so doing, Bush himself demonstrated the kind of divisiveness that he himself condemned. We are divided today on the most fundamental of questions:Is America now, and has it always been, a good and great country, worthy of the loyalty and love of all its children, of all its citizens? And are we Americans...
Alexander Zubatov, Merion West - September 8
This is a culture war, and it is one worth waging because it is necessary to forestall the second civil war toward which we are steadily heading. It is a culture war on which our future depends and without which we will have no future together, for while we are preoccupied with our pitched battle against one another and against the shadows of our own ancestors, we will find ourselves overtaken by more vibrant nations that still cherish their...
Zach Moore, SpliceToday - September 8
An important front in the cold civil war being waged in America right now is in the field of COVID restrictions. In one case, the governor of New Jersey was able to seize $15,000 per day directly from a gym owner's bank account for refusing to close his business. The lesson is clear: comply with the unconstitutional mandates of the Left politicians or they will destroy you.
Thomas D. Klingenstein, Newsweek - September 7
The United States is in the midst of a cold civil war. Americans are divided against one another by diametrically opposed ideas of justice. One side believes in equality of opportunity and the other in opportunity of result. These two visions of justice cannot be reconciled; only one will prevail. The side that believes in equality of result has infiltrated many important institutions in American life and has infected those institutions with their view...
Christopher Flannery, American Greatness - September 6
Tom Klingenstein, chairman of the Claremont Institute, recently gave a stirring speech proclaiming that the United States is ingaged in a cold civil war, and he laid out the battle lines of that cold civil war. A link to a video of his speech in embedded in this article.
Eric Lutz, Vanity Fair - August 31
Madison Cawthorn, a Donald Trump acolyte, lacks even the occasional moderation of the former president. He is encouraging Republican supporters to believe Trump's big lie about the stolen election and is now even suggesting that we are in a new civil war. “If our election systems continue to be rigged and continue to be stolen, then it’s gonna lead to one place and that’s bloodshed,” Cawthorn said recently at a Republican rally.
Jason Easley, PoliticusUSA - August 7
Majorie Green made a statement suggesting that the right response to vaccine mandates is to take up arms against the government. This statement is ridiculous, but we should take her seriously as her fans do.
Alan Coffee, The Washington Post - August 6
150 years ago, Frederick Douglass predicted that the problems that remained after the civil war would continue into America's future and would likely fall into one of three directions, one of which was another civil war. From his perspective of Reconstruction, Douglass surmised that if enough citizens considered enough other citizens to be illegitimate, then the country could not hold together. Today, we are seeing this prediction come true.
Lloyd Green, The Guardian - August 8
The disastrous US military retreat in Afghanistan is only the latest proof that the United States of America is on the decline. It's too hard to know now if its haphazard foreign policy has led to domestic turmoil or the other way around, but it is undeniable that the US is in a cold civil war at home and a in a military tailspin abroad.
Gary Stout, Observer-Reporter - August 5
Social trust is the glue that keeps our country together, keeps us all sufficiently agreed on the fundamental things that allow us to live together peacefully. Political polarization regarding the measures laid down for the pandemic and the suspicions about voter fraud have eroded social trust to such a degree, that we could very well see out cold civil war turn hot in the near future.
Paul Moomjean, VC Reporter - August 4
America is about to start a civil war from any of several issues that Americans disagree wildly on. And this is just what the media wants. Recent polls show that conservatives are increasingly persuaded that the media and the Democrats are spying on them and out to get them. The media profits off of increased polarization, something all of us, Left and Right, should remember.
Matt Gertz, MediaMatters - August 5
Pundits on the Right are accusing the Left of advocating social hierarchies based on race. How dare they! This rhetoric is perilously close to a call for a new civil war. Here is a summary of recent calls from the Right for authoritarian control of American politics that demonstrates the drift toward fascism among the Right.
Troy Williams, The Fayetteville Observer - August 1
America is on the verge of another civil war. However, we’re not fighting with guns; this time, we’re split into opposing camps: the vaccinated and the unvaccinated. The civil divide is personal. Either you want the vaccination shot, or you don’t. With each passing day, membership in the unvaccinated club will become even more complex. California is demanding some state personnel show evidence of COVID-19 or confront required weekly...
Zack Beauchamp, Vox - August 3
Right-wingers are usually very patriotic people, which is why it is odd to see a trend among some on the right to be critical of American olympic athletes. Interestingly, though, this trend is a reflection of a rising tendency in the conservative movement to reject America itself. In this thinking, the country is so corrupted that it is no longer a source of pride or even worthy of respect. In its most radical versions, you even see cheerleading for...
Curtis Yarvin, Gray Mirror - July 31
Yarvin responds to Linker's criticism of Anton's and Yarvin's conversation at The American Mind. He lays out four hypotheses that diagnose the problem with our current politics (legislative inertia in Congress and bureaucratic rule by the administrative state) and suggests that the only way out of our current state is through a strong leader who takes upon himself emergency powers to abrogate the powers assumed by the inept legislature....
Damon Linker, The Week - July 28
Certain figures on the intellectual right, Michael Anton and Curtis Yarvin, discussed openly in a podcast recently the possibility that American politics are ripe for a Caesar-like strong man to take power and bring resolution to the cold civil war that seems to prevail between Left and Right. These intellectuals casually talk about what would mean the destruction of many liberal institutions and norms, and given their influence, we ought to be...
Mikel Kwaku Osei Holt, Milwaukee Community Journal - July 26
It is despicable that Republicans are opposing the teaching of Critical Race Theory across the United States. They are seeking to silence the black perspective on American history, and it is ironic because during much of American history it was the Democratic Party that opposed the liberty of black people in America. Republicans claim that CRT will result in turning all of Americans against the country and perhaps even cause a second civil...
Graham J. Noble, Liberty Nation News - July 22
Speaker Nancy Pelosi made an unprecedented move by denying two of Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy's picks for the January 6th Commission, a move that might be considered so partisan as to be the first metaphorical shot in a cold civil war in America.
Anthony Conwright, Mother Jones - Sep-Oct 2021
There have been many contributions to help make sense of the Republican obsession with critical race theory, a framework developed some 40 years ago to analyze the ways racism is endemic to our laws and policies. The best framework, though, is that of the story of the antebellum South's attempt to stop the spread of abolitionist literature that was contributing to slave insurrections that in some ways led to the Civil War. Perhaps the Republican...