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America’s political schisms are so profound that we risk a repeat of the 1850s, when the country was on the precipice of the Civil War.
Two Atlantic writers warn that the 2020s could mark another dangerous decade for the American experiment. This time, the split is between those who embrace the country’s diverse future and those who fear it.
On the left and right, “extremism will spread, mutate into new forms, and gradually become entrenched in more areas of American life,” Anne Applebaum argues.
Especially if the GOP deepens “its reliance on the most racially resentful white voters,” Ronald Brownstein writes.
Further reading: In retrospect, The Office’s Dwight Schrute was a bellwether for this tense new period in American politics, Megan Garber argues.
1. Watch a scary movie.
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