Public Anxiety, Protest and Political Violence in 21st Century America
March 8, 2013
Dr. Adam Garfinkle,
The American Interest Magazine
Three discrete sources of trouble–the shocks of globalization and automation, political institutional dysfunction and plutocratic parasitism–have combined to plunge the American future into doubt. Public reactions to accumulating signs of systemic crisis have so far been mild, episodic, confused, disorganized and almost entirely non-violent. Aspects of American exceptionalism help to explain this reaction, but both social science and comparative historical scholarship suggest that some of these forms may become violent.