We’ve not seen this level of political polarization since the Civil War. And it’s not unique to the U.S. It’s happening around the world… a backlash against globalization.
The red states scored a massive victory when President Donald Trump won against the odds. Six states switched from borderline blue to borderline red during that election.
But history has insights for us about such a revolution. For starters, they don’t tend to end where they started. Despite being a clear play of opposites, like conservative and liberal, history favors the progressive side. Over the longer term, the trends are only in one direction: toward increased affluence, greater freedom, more trade, and deeper political and social tolerance.
The south or red states had the momentum in the early part of the Civil War, but lost in the end. The nation moved in the progressive direction and became more unified than ever. While the south had more conviction and cause, the north had more people, technology and affluence… and were on the right side of the longer-term trends.
What’s clear in the early stages of this latest revolution is that globalization has peaked, and likely for decades. We’re going to have to regroup politically around common and regional cultural and religious values before we can globalize and progress again.
But let’s see what happens when the blue states have their say – as they again have the edge in economic power. California is threatening to go to ballot in 2018 to secede from the union. The red states may have won round one of this civil war, but it’s just getting started.
A political and social reformation the magnitude of the American Revolution is in motion and will take several years to begin to resolve. Get all the details on the “Yes California” campaign, see what’s brought us to the point of this revolutionary movement and get a look into the historic shift ahead of the curve in our latest infographic below.
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