BE VERY AFRAID!
The New Yorker and Council on Foreign Relations are getting in on the 1/6 hysteria with dire warnings of hitherto inept accelerationists starting an impending Civil War 2. In reality, it has been significantly quieter than usual on that front since Joe Biden was sworn in as president.
“Accelerationism holds that the modern, Western democratic state is so mired in corruption and ineptitude that true patriots should instigate a violent insurrection to hasten its destruction to allow a new, white-dominated order to emerge. Indeed, some of the foremost exponents of accelerationism today were at the U.S. Capitol on January 6. They included: the Oath Keepers, whose grab-bag ideology states that “paranoid anti-federalism envision[s] a restoration of ‘self-government’ and ‘natural rights’;” QAnon adherents, who remain convinced that the 2020 presidential election was stolen and that former President Donald Trump was thwarted from saving the world from a Satan-worshipping pedophilia ring run by Democrats, Jews, and other agents of the deep state; and, of course, Trump’s own die-hard “Stop the Steal” minions, who, against all reason and legal proof, seek to restore the former president to office. …”
If you were an accelerationist, why on earth would you have to go out and bomb a state capitol or assassinate a politician or kill a bunch of people to polarize this country and “accelerate” its collapse? Dump narrowly losing the 2020 election and convincing millions of his followers that it was stolen from him by the Democrats was the most radicalizing thing to ever happen in our lifetimes.
From an accelerationist standpoint, you might as well ask yourself what you could do to polarize the country that would have a greater impact than, say, Joe Biden’s vaccine mandate. You really don’t have to do anything these days. You don’t have to get off the couch. The Brandon administration is stoking division and the New York Times is persuading more people than you could ever do alone. Establishment liberals are denouncing the Constitution as an antiquated relic of “white supremacy” on a daily basis. Perry Bacon, Jr. has a platform in the Washington Post to denounce “White appeasement politics.”
“The edifice of American exceptionalism has always wobbled on a shoddy foundation of self-delusion, and yet most Americans have readily accepted the commonplace that the United States is the world’s oldest continuous democracy. That serene assertion has now collapsed.
On January 6, 2021, when white supremacists, militia members, and MAGA faithful took inspiration from the President and stormed the Capitol in order to overturn the results of the 2020 Presidential election, leaving legislators and the Vice-President essentially held hostage, we ceased to be a full democracy. Instead, we now inhabit a liminal status that scholars call “anocracy.” That is, for the first time in two hundred years, we are suspended between democracy and autocracy. And that sense of uncertainty radically heightens the likelihood of episodic bloodletting in America, and even the risk of civil war. …
Instead she foresees, if the worst comes about, an era of scattered yet persistent acts of violence: bombings, political assassinations, destabilizing acts of asymmetric warfare carried out by extremist groups that have coalesced via social media. These are relatively small, loosely aligned collections of self-aggrandizing warriors who sometimes call themselves “accelerationists.” They have convinced themselves that the only way to hasten the toppling of an irredeemable, non-white, socialist republic is through violence and other extra-political means. …”
I don’t think so.
We’ve seen plenty of accelerationist mass shootings. They repulse everyone including most people in the White Nationalist movement. Those people are universally seen as fed posters.
I foresee the Democrats losing the midterms, Dump announcing he is running for president again in 2024 and Merrick Garland indicting him on criminal charges to appease the mob. It also sure looks bad for Joe Biden. Dump is currently the favorite in the betting markets to be president again in 2025.
It is much more likely that a demoralized and radicalized Left will lash out and get violent again than a Right which is retaking state power. We saw this at the end of the Obama administration. In this political atmosphere, we could also see another James Hodgkinson who lashes out at Republicans or even a Democrat like Joe Manchin who are being accused right now of murdering democracy.