The latest issue of the Atlantic posits that America is coming apart, and its lead essay submits that Republicans and conservatives are to blame.

Yoni Applebaum’s contribution to the symposium, entitled “How to Stop a Civil War,” paints a dire portrait of modern American life. Its people are sorting themselves into like-minded camps. Its partisans are so mutually hostile that they cannot even tolerate intermarriage across party lines. Its activists are once again engaged in political violence, and its fringes are flirting with secessionist movements. Most troubling, its institutional stewards are wrecking the mechanisms that preserve republican democracy and doing so only to preserve their power. Applebaum’s perfunctory admonitions directed at both sides of the spectrum do not mask those whom he believes are the real culprits: the people of the American right.

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