America’s increasingly toxic political climate has created something of a cottage industry for pundits and high-profile influencers who predict – and often appear to wish for – another civil war. It is an idea that has been floating around at least since the election of former President Donald Trump, who many saw as a symptom of a sharply polarized society. New abortion bans in certain states, if not overturned, could signal a point of no return for the U.S., according to at least a few prominent figures on the political left.
In a recent op-ed in The New York Times, columnist Charles Blow became the latest figure to predict another civil war. However, the conflict he foresees is not an actual shooting war; he argued the current debate over abortion is somehow parallel to the dispute over slavery in the 1800s. He suggests that if the Supreme Court upholds Mississippi’s new abortion la...
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