Tuesday, December 26, 2017

What Might Civil War Be Like?

Via Ol' Remus

I’ll take a Texan and a Tar Heel against a metrosexual and a social justice warrior any day.

The thought of Civil War has been in the minds of many people lately, on both sides of the political and cultural divide. This is not a thing to be wished for, though no one should kid themselves into believing it’s impossible either. Let us take a sober look at what such a conflict might entail.

To begin with, it would not look like the first American Civil War, which was essentially a war between two regions of the country with different economic interests. The divide created two separate countries, both initially contiguous, intact, and relatively homogeneous. The lines of demarcation now are only somewhat regional, and tend to correspond to differences between urban and rural populations, as well as differences of race and class. A second American Civil War would be much more similar to the Spanish Civil War, with the leftists dominating the cities and conservatives controlling the countryside. Conflicts of this nature, with enemies mixed geographically, are a formula for spontaneous mass bloodletting. India-Pakistan during the 1947 partition comes to mind as another modern example. Given an absence of legitimate government and the friction of proximity, ordinary people can be moved to settle grievances by killing one another without the need for governments to egg them on.


  1. Hello Brock. I have a Civil War question you may know something about. How was it for Texas after the war? On the one hand I figure they suffered from heavy war casualties and the blockade, but on the other hand they didn't have Union armies besieging the cities or doing things like Sherman's march. Any insights?


    1. Thanks and here's an article that seems to just use facts for a change. :)



      One article below evidently states that it was very moderate because there were no mass executions of Confederates. Can't believe someone could say this with a straight face. :(

      the Reconstruction experience was very moderate compared to what it could have been. There were no mass executions of rebel leaders or ex-Confederate soldiers.


  2. Here in the mountains, bring it. Just remember, invaders, it is much more difficult to fight uphill.

  3. Again with asshole-ness