Saturday, December 23, 2023

Civil Wars Seldom Have Winners

As with the U.S.Civil War I, Russian civil war following the Revolution, and Spanish Civil War, resentment is strong on both sides.  The loss of life breeds anger in survivors.  The destruction of capital goods makes survivors poorer.  The abusive measures of wartime yield a callous concern for civil liberties afterwards.  The U.S. lost 750,000 people in the first civil war.  

Most of the people who talk casually about civil war need to consider consequences.

1. The Left does not have moral problem with violence.  Most conservatives are Christians and the first time they shoot someone in battle, this is likely to be pretty dark.

2. Civil War 2 will cause loss of essential goods and services in cities.  Hungry people without power who might be only slightly left-leaning will become far more extreme.

3. The Left has been promoting race hatred for several years now.  They will cast it in racial terms, provoking race riots.  What might start as black on white will turn into white on black.  The tiny number of white supremacists in America will have a much more sympathetic audience for their hatred.  Privileged white Leftists will suddenly decide that police are useful to protect their privileged neighborhoods creating even more racial upset.

4. Plan that Social Security checks, Medicaid, and Medicare will be seriously disrupted.  Lots of people who may be naturally on your side are going to be in serious want.

If you know someone spouting, "Well, you know this might be the Great Reset we need," remind them where Civil War I took us.

1 comment:

  1. Shakespeare, Richard II, Act 4 Scene 1.
    Henry Bolingbroke, Duke of Lancaster, has just announced he will take the crown from King Richard II. The Bishop of Carlisle replies (in part):

    "The blood of English shall manure the ground,
    And future ages groan for this foul act;
    Peace shall go sleep with Turks and infidels,
    And in this seat of peace tumultuous wars
    Shall kin with kin and kind with kind confound;
    Disorder, horror, fear and mutiny
    Shall here inhabit, and this land be call'd
    The field of Golgotha and dead men's skulls."

    This of course referred to the Wars of the Roses, which convulsed England for over 30 years.