Summary: Violence is as American as apple pie, part of most social movements since the Founding (used for, against, or both). Might it burst forth again? If so, by whom? The Left feels strongly about climate change, but looks like a spent force — capable of staging street parties but not violence. Political energy, for good or ill, lives in America more strongly on the Right (stoked by our plutocrats, for their advantage). They’re buying guns. Might they use them? This is another post in a series considering possible futures for America unlike those painted in the mainstream media.
- Introduction: political violence in our future?
- Our trust in our ourselves: failing
- Our trust in our elected representatives: failing
- Our confidence in the military: rising
- Our history of violence
- Other posts in this series about the Right in America
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(1) Introduction: is there political violence in our future?
Let’s start with the harsh observations from yesterday’s post:
- Gun sales are increasing (see here for a rough indicator of recent growth).
- The people with guns are largely conservatives, often right-wing extremists.
- Many of them see a nation of “real Americans” and others.
- For decades right-wing media increasingly have been saturated with claims that our freedoms are in danger from the coming wave of Sharia-immigrants-communism-anarchy (see these posts).
- Many believe that citizens using guns are the ultimate defense of liberty from threats domestic as well as foreign.
- Homeland Security is concerned: see their Assessment of “Rightwing Extremism“, April 2009.
Might the time come when they use their guns on us? Let’s consider our circumstances, and the many warning signs. Imagine if the trends shown below continue, and if America’s current economic stress continues — or increases. What might happen on such a future path?
(2) Our trust in our elected representatives is falling
Our trust in our fellow Americans is a distinguishing factor between developed nations and failed States. Alienation is a bad sign, and probably a precondition for violence. From Gallup, 27 September 2013. Look at the line for Republicans.