Worldview Item of the Day
A Russian political analyst claims that the current crises in the United States–economic and political–threaten the republic’s collapse.
This is not a new idea, but is it an idea that deserves any consideration?
For quiet awhile now, people have been writing about a sometimes subtle but still tangible change in the tenor of the argument between various factions in American society toward a vociferousness and rage that may be unprecedented in American history since the Civil War. This change in quality, in my view, represents a far deeper divisions in thinking and belief than have ever existed in American history.
Many Americans dismiss the possibility that such a threat exists to the republic, but I believe the greatest danger we face as Americans today–greater than any terrorism or financial crisis–is believing that the failure of the republic cannot happen to us today. Believing that our nation and our government is somehow independently self-sustaining directly rejects the ideas that everyone from the Founding Fathers on held about the work required to sustain and perpetuate the republic.
I do not bring these ideas to light in some attempt to create some doomsday scenario, but because these are the kinds ideas must be considered by aware, informed, responsible citizens of a nation like ours. Sometimes the best way to see the cracks in our own system is to understand the cracks our adversaries see. More important still, responsible citizens must respond to these cracks in proactive and meaningful ways. This is the work of the citizens of a republic. It is our work.
Is the republic about to collapse? I do not know, but the risk bears watching.