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Daily Briefing: IS THE US HEADED TOWARD A SECOND CIVIL WAR?

SCI-FI SCENARIOS

American Anarchy, Chinese Control, International Intermediate:  Balaji Srinivasan, The Network State.com, July 4, 2022Here we give a bit more detail on a sci-fi scenario in which the US descends into a chaotic Second American Civil War, the CCP responds with the opposite extreme of a total surveillance state that traps wealth in its digital yuan network, and the rest of the world – if we’re lucky – builds a stable alternative of opt-in startup societies that peacefully rejects these extremes.
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How the Next Civil War Begins B. Duncan Moench, Tablet, Nov. 29, 2022
The Postliberal Crackup: The GOP’s Post-Midterm Civil War Starts with the New Right Kathryn Joyce, Salon, Nov. 21, 2022
The Trumpification of Elon Musk:  J. Peder Zane, Real Clear Politics, Dec. 1, 2022
The Premeditated Murder of the American Family:  Joan Swirsky, The Post & Mail, Oct. 12, 2022
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LISTEN:  “Woke Anti-Semitism” in the US — Should Israel Also Be Worried?Daniel Gordis, Israel from the Inside, Nov. 28, 2022 — David Bernstein, Founder and CEO of Jewish Institute for Liberal Values, speaks about his new book and about how woke ideology could become a national security issue for Israel.
 
How to Destroy the United StatesVictor Davis Hanson, Arkansas Democrat Gazette, Dec. 5, 2022 — If you really want to destroy the United States: 1. Surrender our prior energy independence. Reduce new gas and oil leases on federal lands to the lowest levels of any president in history. Cut back production at precisely the time the world is emerging from a two-year lockdown with pent-up consumer demand.
 
Editorial: Journalists, Beware the FTX Lesson. If They Say They’re Going to Fund You, Check Them Out. Editorial Board, Chicago Tribune, Dec. 2, 2022 — On Wednesday, a live business-oriented event sponsored by The New York Times allowed Sam Bankman-Fried to mount what was, in essence, a preemptive defense to whatever personal fallout lies ahead after the collapse of his now-bankrupt FTX cryptocurrency exchange.
 
Extorting ‘Virtue’: The Problems with the Same-Sex Marriage BillAndrew C. McCarthy, National Review, Dec. 3, 2022 — In principle, I don’t object to federal same-sex marriage legislation. I could not object more intensely, however, to the federal “Respect for Marriage Act” that Congress is about to enact.
 

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