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The Next Civil War

A book by Stephen Marche.

Stephen Marche

On a small two-lane bridge in a rural county that loathes the federal government, the US Army uses lethal force to end a standoff with hard-right anti-government patriots. Inside an ordinary diner, a disaffected young man with a handgun takes aim at the American president stepping in for an impromptu photo-op, and a bullet splits the hyper-partisan country into violently opposed mourners and revelers. In New York City, a Category 2 hurricane plunges entire neighbourhoods underwater and creates millions of refugees overnight — a blow that comes on the heels of a financial crash and years of catastrophic droughts — and tips America over the edge into ruin.

These nightmarish scenarios are just three of the five possibilities most likely to spark devastating chaos in the United States that are brought to life in The Next Civil War, a chilling and deeply researched work of speculative nonfiction. Drawing upon sophisticated predictive models and nearly two hundred interviews with experts — civil war scholars, military leaders, law enforcement officials, secret service agents, agricultural specialists, environmentalists, war historians, and political scientists—journalist Stephen Marche predicts the terrifying future collapse that so many of us do not want to see unfolding in front of our eyes. Marche has spoken with soldiers and counterinsurgency experts about what it would take to control the population of the United States, and the battle plans for the next civil war have already been drawn up. Not by novelists, but by colonels.

No matter your political leaning, most of us can sense that America is barreling toward catastrophe—of one kind or another. Relevant and revelatory, The Next Civil War plainly breaks down the looming threats to America and is a must-read for anyone concerned about the future of its people, its land, and its government. (From Simon & Schuster)

Interviews with Stephen Marche

According to writer Stephen Marche, the U.S. is on the brink of another civil war. Should it happen, what is its northern neighbour to do?

Is America headed for civil war? | The Investigators with Diana Swain

4 years ago
Duration 4:56
Journalist and author Stephen Marche controversially argues another U.S. civil war is on the horizon. And says Canadians need to be getting ready for it now. Watch ‘The Investigators with Diana Swain’ Thursdays at 7:00 pm on CBC Television; Saturdays at 9:30 pm ET and Sundays at 5:30 pm ET on CBC News Network.
Sure, the U.S. election is on November 3 — but that doesn’t mean that we’ll know who won the presidency by November 4. Between the lag time for mail-in ballots to Trump’s constant foreboding about voter fraud, there’s a great deal of tension building up to voting day. Add to that concerns over armed rightwing militias, voter suppression tactics, the threat of foreign interference and the ongoing global pandemic. In today’s special episode, Elamin zooms out to understand this moment in history and what it could mean in the long run. He calls up authors and journalists Sarah Kendzior and Stephen Marche to work through silver linings and worst case scenarios. There are, unfortunately, more of the latter. The key question looms large: is there hope for a free and fair election in 2020?

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