Political violence is like war, like violence in general: people have a
fantasy about how it works. This is the fantasy of how violence works:
you smite your enemies in a grand and glorious cleansing because of
course you're better. Grand and glorious smiting isn't actually how
violence works. I've worked a few places that have had serious political
violence. And I'm not sure how to really describe it so people get it.
This is a stupid comparison, but here: imagine that one day Godzilla
walks through your town. The next day, he does it again. And he keeps
doing it. Some days he steps on more people than others. That's it.
That's all he does: trudging through your town, back and forth. Your
town's not your town now; it's The Godzilla Trudging Zone. That's kind
of what it's like.
In 2017, I am very pessimistic about America's future, to the point that
I think the country should seriously consider a National Divorce. Let's
not mince words: the United States of America is currently engage