Over the last several weeks we've seen a rapid diminishment in the fictive kinship that unites us as Americans. In fact, many of us don't just disagree with other Americans. We see them as existential threats.
Here are the existential threat narratives:
"crypto-fascist science deniers demanding a return to the racism and misogyny of the 1950's, while stripping away the rights of immigrants, on the way to sending brown people, LGBTs, and muslims to concentration camps"
"crypto-Stalinist thought police demanding compliance with fake science and virtue-signaling identity performance from all, on the way to Gulag World with straight white males at the bottom. Ideally killing millions along the way"
These threat narratives appear to be contributing the growing belief we are headed towards a civil war as this new poll shows:
"Thirty-one percent (31%) of Likely U.S. Voters say it’s likely that the United States will experience a second civil war sometime in the next five years"
"Democrats (37%) are more fearful than Republicans (32%)"
PS: I'm writing this month's GG report on how repeated and intentional disruptions are driving us towards collapse. Here's a teaser.