How close is America to fracking? The author of “How Civil Wars Start” explains

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People identify very differently depending on the political party they vote for. Liberals are more likely to live in cities, be agnostic or atheist, and have non-white friends. Conservatives tend to be whiter, more religious and live in more rural areas.

We know that these divisions and factions have caused divisions and deadlocks in Congress, but how far does the division really go? We know this country could break – it has done it before. But will it be again? And if so, how would we know? What are the warning signs?

“White supremacists believe the United States is a white, Christian nation. And they believe it is their right to fight for the United States to remain a white, Christian nation. This is going to be very difficult to do nationally, but in some states like Michigan they may be able to pull it off. – Barbara Walter, author of “How Civil Wars Start and How to Stop Them”


Listen: The possibility of civil war in America – and what it would look like.



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Barbara Walter is a professor at the University of California, San Diego and a specialist in civil wars and violent extremism. His new book is “How Civil Wars Start and How to Stop Them.” She says that initially things would change at the state level, especially with state lawmakers moving further to the right than the general population, and local white supremacist militias popping up in rural areas.

“White supremacists believe the United States is a white, Christian nation,” Walter says. “And they believe it is their right to fight for the United States to remain a white, Christian nation. This is going to be very difficult to do nationally, but in some states like Michigan they may be able to pull it off.

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