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How Is America Going To End?

August 12, 2009
Josh Levin
8/10/2009

Who’s most likely to secede?

In the American end times, our government will take one of two forms. One possibility is that federalism will give way to an all-powerful central government. (In yesterday’s global-warming thought experiment, this was the climate strongman scenario.) The other option is decentralization – in the absence of a unifying national interest, the United States of America will fragment and be supplanted by regional governance.

America was designed to avoid these two extremes – to keep the states and the national government in balance. The United States will end when the equilibrium mandated by the Constitution no longer holds. Tomorrow, I’ll look at how the country might transition from democracy to totalitarianism. Today, I’ll focus on America’s disintegration.

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