People who study the origins of civil wars see 'indicators' the US is on the brink of conflict, Yale historian says
Added 01-15-22 03:14:02am EST - “Yale history professor Timothy Snyder cited the high degree of polarization, beliefs in alternative realities, and the celebration of violence.” - Businessinsider.com
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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Businessinsider.com: “People who study the origins of civil wars see 'indicators' the US is on the brink of conflict, Yale historian says”. Below is an excerpt from the article.
Though the idea of another civil war in the near future seems far-fetched to many Americans, people who study such conflicts might disagree, according to Timothy Snyder, a history professor at Yale University.
Snyder, an expert on the rise of authoritarianism, discussed the future of American democracy in an interview with Insider during which he said he fears the US might not survive if former President Donald Trump runs again in 2024.
Insider asked Snyder how he feels about people invoking the Civil War when discussing the current state of affairs.
"First of all, I just want to say that, for the people who actually study the origins of civil wars, not just in the US, but as a class of events, America doesn't look good right now," Snyder said.
He cited the high degree of polarization, beliefs in alternative realities, and the celebration of violence, pointing to some who praised the actions of Kyle Rittenhouse, the teen who killed two people at a racial justice protest in Wisconsin in 2020. (A jury acquitted Rittenhouse, who said he acted in self-defense.)
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