The US -- The Future - Civil War or Authoritarian Rule?
Don't know if you're watching US non Fox mainstream TV, but the alarm and fear about the rising Trump - Republican autocratic ascendency is real and palpable. Personally I think it's way beyond anything like 'well, Trump will be good for ratings,' as was the case in 2016. The crumbling of any moderating forces in the Republican party, the dismantling of electoral systems at state level, and belief that the mid term election will neuter an already weak Biden Administration and 2024 will bring Trump back and nothing will stop him and the fascist leaning Republicans then, is unfolding daily.
So, it seems to me the two scenerios are: Authoritarian rule or civil war -- the former a complete capitulation of the weak structures that make up America's democratic institutions (if you can call them that) including a subservient military top brass, and the latter a divide and conflict between pro and anti Trump and Trumpism.
I don't know myself, but lets face it, civil war is in the American DNA, and it has never really left, has it?
The only other scenerio is that the Democratic Party win in 2022 and 2024 and vote overwhelmingly against Trumpism and the Republicans. First, I don't see Americans doing that, and secondly the autocratic Republican party will call any result, no matter how decisive, if they lose, a fraudulent election.
Which would you predict -- autocracy or civil war? Do you see any other possible scenario, as I don't? What do members here outside of the US think? We are watching this slow motion train wreck, but it's going to bring us down too.
I have no idea how this is going to play out, but it's the worst crisis since the years before the Civil War. I expect a lot of right wing violence before it's over, and the republic as we know it may not survive. A military junta is not out of the realm of possibility either.