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Growing Echo Chambers and Proliferating Propaganda Lead to Fears of a Second American Civil War - Nathan McDonald (05/07/2018)

From the archives of sprott money news

July 5, 2018

Brother turning on brother, sister on sister. A second American civil war? How could this even be possible in our modern, civilized times?


The answer is all around you. Tensions run high and hatred spews from the mouths of pundits in the MSM, both from the radical left and the far right. Neither are willing to give an inch, for fear of losing a mile. Neither are willing to back down.


This tension has resulted in a boiling pot of politics within America, one that at any moment could spill over and upturn the entire system.


Don't think this is possible? Well, don't count it out.


Roughly 1/3rd of Americans, or 31%, believe that a second American Civil War is not only possible, but likely to occur within the next five years!


This news comes off the back of a recent poll conducted by the Rasmussen Report, a highly respected source and one of the few that closely predicted the presidential victory of Donald Trump.


Most of those conducted within this survey believe the violence will be sparked by opposition to President Trump’s policies, which have been either deemed highly controversial or something to be rejoiced, depending on which side of the political spectrum you fall under.


Yet, there is still some hope for those who reside in the center, with 59% of respondents stating they believe a Civil War is unlikely.


Sadly for those people, as we saw in the first American Civil War, it only takes a small percentage of the population to get the ball rolling.


Stoking these fears was the recent clash in Portland between a right-wing prayer group and ANTIFA, which made national headlines due to video footage that showed just how bloody and ruthless these political gatherings can turn.


Unfortunately, this isn't the first of these events, as over the past year there have been many similar clashes. People are choosing sides and donning their uniforms.


What is most shocking is how organized some of these groups are becoming, coordinating through the use of social media and travelling vast distances to partake in the battle.


This is not good, and it should not be embraced.


A second American Civil War would be gruesome, bloody and vicious. The first American Civil War claimed roughly 10% of the Northern male population and approximately 30% of the Southern male population.


With modern weapons and no even "lines" in the sand to be drawn, the second, if it began, would result in a stunning death toll that could collapse the American system as we know it.


This would result in both a financial and humanitarian crisis.


I blame the MSM and social media echo chambers, in large part, for this isolation of beliefs and proliferation of fearful propaganda. They have become nothing more than click-bait propaganda outlets, caring little for the ramifications of their actions.


Fortunately, I believe sanity will be restored and people will come to their senses. Sadly, I also believe we still have some turmoil, hardship and suffering yet to come.


Until then, keep your head on your shoulders and your thoughts your own. Question everything, and as always, do your own research. The truth is out there.

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About the Author

Nathan McDonald is a libertarian, entrepreneur and precious metals enthusiast. He has always taken a keen interest in free markets and economics since an early age, which naturally led him to become a true believer in precious metals and all that they stand for.

Nathan served eight years in the Royal Canadian Navy as an electronics technician, seeing the true state of the world, before starting his first successful business. He has since gone on to create a number of businesses, all of which are still in operation and growing.

In addition to this, Nathan runs a network of successful precious metals blogs, and a growing newsletter that has attracted readers from all around the world. He is a regular and highlighted writer for the highly respected Sprott Money Blog, which covers world events, geopolitics and of course precious metals.

*The author is not affiliated with, endorsed or sponsored by Sprott Money Ltd. The views and opinions expressed in this material are those of the author or guest speaker, are subject to change and may not necessarily reflect the opinions of Sprott Money Ltd. Sprott Money does not guarantee the accuracy, completeness, timeliness and reliability of the information or any results from its use.


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