Could the United States Have Another Civil War?

Could the United States Have Another Civil War?


What was the American civil war? Here’s a short recap. The war lasted from 1861 to 1865. It was fought all over the U.S. and was between
the northern states (known as the Union) and the southern states (known as the Confederates)
over what one historian says were “uncompromising differences between the free and slave states
over the power of the national government to prohibit slavery in the territories that
had not yet become states.” With 2.1 million soldiers, the Union had roughly
double the manpower. About 620,000 soldiers died in all, which
is the biggest loss of life in any war for the U.S. 51,000 died in one battle alone,
at Gettysburg. Ultimately, the North won. But the question we’re asking today is:
Could this happen again? Let’s find out, in this episode of the Infographics
Show, Could the U.S. have another Civil War? Some of you might be thinking, hell no, the
USA could never be that divided again. Why would anyone think that? But the division between what we call the
Right and Left has perhaps never been bigger in modern times, which is evident just by
looking at social media. The right, especially what people call the
Alt-right, calls the Left names such as “snowflakes”, while the Left is sometimes equally as combative
when calling out its nemesis as being violent, hostile, and racist. How did it ever come to this? Each side is so unwilling to make amends,
which has sadly resulted in riots over the last few years. In 2017, The New Yorker published at article
called “is America headed for a new kind of Civil war?” In the beginning of the article, we read the
stark lines, “How fragile is the Union, our republic, and a country that has long
been considered the world’s most stable democracy?” A man named Keith Mines was interviewed. He has worked in the Special Forces, for the
U.N., and for the State Department. What did Mines say? Well, he believes that there is a 60 percent
chance of civil war in the U.S in the next ten to fifteen years. Yes, you heard that right. So, what’s going on? Well, firstly we should say that his idea
of civil war is not mass bloodshed like at the battle of Gettysburg, but a large portion
of America no longer having trust in what we might call “the system” and so some
kind of anarchy emerges. The National Guard will have to be called
out, and those militarized police stations will be putting their equipment to work. This will all happen, according to Mines,
because the polarization that we presently see will deepen, and there will be no chance
to resolve it. News media and other media will help entrench
people’s opposing opinions, violence will be legitimized as the only way to solve the
issues, and the government will be too weak to do anything. Hmm, that’s kind of disturbing. Maybe Mines is just paranoid, or maybe he’s
pessimistic, or does he have a point? Well, although the LA Times in 2017 mentioned
a slew of media op-eds and columns that came out that year asking the same question, columnist
Dennis Prager didn’t ask the question. His piece was titled, “America is currently
fighting its second civil war.” Is a war of words on Twitter, a divided media,
and negligible violence in the streets enough to state that America is at war with itself? We should remember that there are very intelligent,
peace loving people endorsing right and left viewpoints, and that zero-tolerance left and
right-wingers don’t represent everyone in the USA. The LA Times writes, “The division between
ordinary Republicans and Democrats has itself been overstated.” And perhaps if we believe the sometimes-hyperbolic
headlines, we might feel unsafe enough to take a side. “The atmosphere that produces negative partisanship
can fuel a paranoid loathing of the other party’s members,” said the article. We live in an era where everyone has a voice
and that voice can attract a lot of attention. Partisanship is the norm and being wrong is
not an option. So, what does the average American – someone
we’ve discussed in detail in the past – think about all of this? Foreign Policy magazine created a poll asking
both security experts and the public about the chance of civil war. The experts were all over the place, saying
there was a 30 percent chance, a 60 percent chance, and a 95 percent chance. But the readers were way more optimistic,
saying there was about an 18 percent chance of war. How was war defined? This was the description given: “(1) military
action internal to the metropole of the state system member; (2) the active participation
of the national government; (3) effective resistance by both sides; and (4) a total
of at least 1,000 battle-deaths during each year of the war.” So, it seems we are not talking about all-out
warfare with people in those leafy suburbs taking their politically divided neighbors’
head off with a Black and Dekker chainsaw. We are talking about public disturbances and
violent protests leading to a lot more violence than we currently have seen. All over the world, throughout history, this
has happened, sometimes with factions on the same side even taking arms against each other. To prevent this from happening, Foreign Policy
says the U.S. right now needs to “establish more formal practices for identifying and
tracking domestic extremism — with an honest recognition that young, white males on both
ends of the political spectrum are the most likely to commit violence.” We must remember that things like peasant
revolutions came during very harsh times in some countries, when the hierarchy of elites
were happy to see people starve. The question in America is, are times bad
enough for people to want to give their lives to the cause. Probably not. But these are also paranoid times, so when
moderation and censorship effects certain content online, it only infuriates and vindicates
those it edits or expunges. It’s a tricky situation. We might also recognize that the soothsayers
of technology tell us automation is going to put a huge number of Americans out of work,
and that those that own the tech will have way too much power and control. Will there be a revolution against this, a
kind of new-age Luddite uprising? If we can see our mistakes throughout history,
those in power should know that the people need to be protected and cared for, lest they
pick up the proverbial pitchfork (or in this case, an assault rifle). Foreign Policy agrees, writing, “As our
government and corporate leaders continue to deconstruct rule of law and economic opportunity,
the norms degrade and the space for transgression becomes bigger.” Whose side would you be on anyway? As the Chicago Tribune writes, it would not
be that simple, so a new civil war would be very fragmented. It would happen inside states, rather than
between them. Perhaps the ‘haves’ will revolt against
the ‘have nots’ in some very divided states, especially as education standards drop for
some, healthcare is out of reach for many, and old industries are folded because artificial
intelligence has supplanted human intelligence. If you look at Walmart and Amazon (the two
biggest employers in the USA) and see their new tech and new patents, it seems they are
both looking to take human workers out of their stores ASAP. This could cause problems beyond politics,
political correctness, and Big Brother fears. Mass unemployment could create a new wave
of discontent in the nation. What do Americans think about all of this? The question has been asked a few times on
Quora. One American didn’t mince words, saying,
“We’re talking many, many factions, foreign intervention, brutality, rape, murder, torture,
all of it over huge areas of the U.S.” The unsettling thing is, many other people
thought the same, or similar. Others said there would be random acts of
violence, invoking the movie Brazil, where bombs go off all over the country, planted
by small extremist groups. Others weren’t so pessimistic, stating as
we said earlier that perhaps the desperation level won’t get that far and people won’t
be willing to kill, or be killed, if they still have some relative comforts and a security
net that many other nations don’t currently offer their citizens. So, all we can do is turn this over to you. Do you think the US can have another civil
war? If so, what side would you be on? Let us know in the comments! Also, be sure to check out our other video
called What If The World Was One Country?! Thanks for watching, and, as always, don’t
forget to like, share, and subscribe. See you next time!

100 Comments on "Could the United States Have Another Civil War?"


  1. Many claim a civil war is a matter of when rather than if… So what do you think could be the most likely cause for it?

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  2. All it will take is a major depression…or recession. That could trigger one but most folks have bills and jobs and don't wanna go to jail. Just research history…a nation dissolves every how many years?? I'm not a liberal socialist by no means but there's too much globalist,corporate greed. If campaign contributions aren't stopped we will have troubles. THAT'S THE SOLE CAUSE…AND WHO IS WRITING LAWS AND REGS,?? LAWYER CONGRESSMEN…IN HONESTY ALL AREN'T LAWYERS..I HAVE FRIENDS WHO ARE LAWYERS BUT THEY DO KEEP THE CABAL IN WASHINGTON CHURNED.

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  3. This video is totally misrepresents Americans which is really the root of the problem. In particular, the real problem is our "greatest strength", i.e. diversity. Diversity throughout human history has always led to civil war.

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  4. Once Texas and Florida go blue thanks to demographics, it’ll be mathematically impossible to elect another republican president ever again. Whites will be politically disenfranchised while owning 90% of the 393,000,000 guns in the country. Civil/race war is inevitable at this point.

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  5. I honestly appreciate a view different from my own and I try to understand their point. This video confirms my previous view. I do not agree with a large number of these conclusions. We are already in a civil war, not many are shooting yet. "Are you willing to sacrifice yourself for your beliefs (Will you fight)" Yes. I believe this is a "soft sell" that is pushing socialism. Pretty much never going to happen in my view. I appreciate the effort and views put into this video. I HONESTLY DO as it helps me to understand. I wish we had more discussion. But if lefties want to DEMAND how Americans live their life, what they can say, whether they can own guns (and what type), what they can drive. (and one of the MOST IMPORTANT) What our children are taught in public schools. Schoold are not and will NEVER BE liberal indoctrination mechanisms like Islamic MAdrasas. (NEVER). Wait, Did I say NEVER? I would have to say, No. Never. Not Going to Happen in My Lifetime. So, Am I willing to fight? Yes. A "far left liberal" will NOT be allowed to destroy our country. EVER. I dont care who votes for them. Socialism is not America and it will never be.

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  6. Just one question what's the enemy look like what will they be wearing how do we know when we win

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  7. 100% Chance. The left wants to change America in a way that can't be done without a civil war. Gear up fellas… The left will not stop

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  8. Young white males are the most likely to cause violence? Have you read the FBI stats lately? They are the least likely to cause violence amongst males, by a very large margin when compared to population.

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  9. This video lost credibility right at the beginning when you downplayed the lefts name calling. You are ridiculous.

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  10. A simple reading of the constitution leads to a simple understanding. The one’s who try to confuse things are the one’s that need to go. It’s that easy.

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  11. It can't. That would be suicide for white people. Men,let's be real.The women are keepers. Call it an envy paradigm shift.

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  12. Training point molotov cocktails are "area affective" when activated upon impact. So for best results or maximum effect they should only be deployed from rooftop's or from a elevated position.

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  13. We've already had Civil War. Kent State, Waco Texas, Ruby Ridge, And possibly homeowners fighting against tax collectors from tax auctions. Civil War is always in pocket. And the news media will always paint the Patriotic American has the criminal.

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  14. Not so much a civil war as a purge.
    The left doesn't have any military forces.
    The whole thing could be handled in a much neater way.
    Simply start at the Canadian border,
    Hang everybody that doesn't belong here.
    As your head south people will self deport.
    Much neater than street fighting.

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  15. The biggest unmentioned fact is when the country is at civil war it is very susceptible to invasion.

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  16. False info in the intro . Lincoln sparked the civil war with a false flag attack at Fort Sumpter. His goal was to force the south to pay taxes . Lincoln was a racist who believed whites were superior to blacks and native Americans .

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  17. The immediate cause will be anybody's guess, but the subtext will be that we can no longer live together peacefully as a single political unit.

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  18. Realistically, whats to stop Russia or China from invading once we begin? Or North Korea to just nuke us?

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  19. It will be city vs country… Citys are blue, country red. Shtf? blue will cry for government help… Red will watch them starve while eating freeze dried food…

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  20. U mean the left just calls conservatives or anyone that aren’t alt left all NAZIS and white suprematists dispute color or religion blanket statement it’s the new word for I don’t agree with you from the left

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  21. The Left has two major problems: 1) The inability to enforce Gun Control; 2) The lack of access to Agricultural Produce. Such a Civil War would be a Logistical War, a fight to secure food.

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  22. As a Viet Nam vet who got spit on by Democrats when I returned, I'm SO GLAD Trump did not go and die in an LBJ and UN police action with no real reason or goal or plan for winning; a filthy conflict we were not allowed to win. At least in a civil war I'd be fighting anti Americans living in the USA.

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  23. I wish you civil war people would knock it off already! Why won’t there won’t be a civil war? Because civil war involves fighting between organized armies not a mob of people so you might see civil unrest but that’s not even close to a civil war!

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  24. 🤗🤗🤗 I learned a thing or two from stinky don’t yuh know, you better stay away from my home town road. Bahaha. Show me! Wooooo

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  25. the left is "equally combative?" How about the right is just now starting to use the tactics of the left?? The left has engaged in nothing but ad hominine attacks and divisiveness from the beginning. You disagree with them, and you are a racist, bigot, homophobe, xenophobe, … . Anything to attack the character of the person rather than addressing the actual argument being made.

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  26. Infographics 🤦🏼‍♂️… can you stop straight up lying please? Your videos would be so much better if you just kept your political beliefs to yourseld

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  27. This video is complete nonsense and the statements in this video are ridiculous and not true. if you want to know exactly how his second Civil War will play out in this country go watch the channel John Marks (dude wearing a red motorcycle helmet) America second Civil War video very informative

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  28. It will happen over gun control and it wont be very long at all, the police and military will fight on the side of the gun advocates, not the government.

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  29. We are currently in the midst of civil instability. Sort of a cold civil war. It will definitely kick off in 2020 and depending on how impeachment goes.

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  30. if these dems keep acting the way they are then yes. I am a minority and I will support my fellow conservatives.

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  31. Guys guys guys y’all are over thinking it we can win the next civil war all we have to do is take over all Starbucks and they’ll surrender

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  32. Lets make one thing clear. Its not a "civil war". That's just a ploy to cover-up what it really is a "RACIAL WAR". Perpetuated by "RACIST, WHITE" motherf*ckers who wants to make America WHITE again!

    Nothing more, nothing less.

    As SIMPLE as that!

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  33. Ok, people are saying a new Civil war is coming.
    In 1861 when the Civil war started, there were people that were in position to take command of the new government. There were people that were in position to take command of the military. Where are they? Who are they? You just can't go out with a bunch of your buddies and overthrow a government. I know people will say it has been done in the past. Cuba comes to mind. There has been many more failures than successes. A definite chain of command needs to be established before any movement can be started.

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  34. There is SO MUCH disinformation in this video, it could be referred to as “fake news”! Oh, btw, the FIRST Civil War was NOT about Slavery!! It was about State’s rights and taxation!! This was stated on film at the turn of the 20th century when one of the former Confederate Generals still living was interviewed on film. And I’d trust what an actual participant of that war said over some “historian”.

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  35. One side has 300,000,000 plus guns and the other side can’t figure out which restroom to use. I think I know how that war will work out.

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  36. I believe it is, the left refuses to except our president and now we the right will not except any lefty president now !! So civil war will start from this impeachment if it takes place and these lefts try to put another person in place if our president. Then yes you will see a new civil war!!

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  37. Hey folks, here's a great idea: let's pit millions of leftist sissies in a life-or-death civil war against the millions of foresighted citizens who have thoroughly armed and trained themselves against just such an eventuality. Somebody get the video.

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  38. I flipped it off at “the left can be equally as combative”. Yeah ok. The left only attacks innocent civilians, flips over cop cars, throw bricks through windows, fight and destroy the cities while covering their faces and so much more. The right cleans up there trash after a trump rally. F you and your biased bs. There will be a war and the left is going to get slaughtered. Punks. All of you.

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  39. The civil war was not just over slavery. It was over taxation, oppression unjust sanctions on the southen population. Slavory was outlawed years b4 the civil war. It was more like a new Revolutionary War.

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  40. From a realists perspective, the second American Civil War is a given. It will happen, it's just a matter of when, where, and who fires the first shot. But it won't happen because of anything going on today. Yes of course current events play a role but they will not be the overarching cause of the the second civil war. The cause is pure history.

    The United States, as a country, has existed since 4 July, 1776. That is almost 250 years. Compare to the history of Europe or Asia. Both, according to mainstream academia, have histories comprising 2-5 millenia. America is the new kid on the block. History dictates that, as a "new" nation we have at least three more civil wars to go before we finally settle into civility like our European brothers and sisters. Civil war can be likened to labor pains. What we are to become is struggling to be born and civil wars are the contractions but, as any mother can tell you, labor must be faced and conquered if you wish to hold your newborn child. It's completely unavoidable. The most that can be done is to delay it but happen it will because happen it must if America as a nation is to survive at all.

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  41. Btw…we're already in the middle of a civil war…guns come out as a last resort..and we're getting closer than people think.

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  42. The left has been using and calling for violence for several years at least. I hear, or read, about people of the Right planning more for defending. This pretty much says it all.

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  43. This is very likely to happen, most of the military would side with the defenders of the constitution

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  44. If Joe Biden trys like his saying to take the guns away from people and do away with the 2nd amendment then yes there will be a 2nd civil war without guns we cant protect our other amendments and if there going to take away one what's to stop them from taking them all

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  45. 5:48 You just showed your colors.
    Citizens DO NOT need to be cared for. We are not sheep. That attitude IS the problem, and the divide.

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  46. I've seen at least 5 people say the right is racist and always has been and the left has never been racist… This couldn't be farther from the truth, the Democrats created the kkk and were the defenders of slavery. To this day Democrats are racist they just switched from hating black to hating white

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