“First they ignore you,
then they laugh at you,
then they fight you,
then you win.” – Mahatma Gandhi

Five conditions for civil war: 1) entrenched national polarization, with no obvious meeting place for resolution. 2) increasingly divisive press coverage and information flows, 3) weakened institutions, notably Congress and the judiciary, 4) a sellout or abandonment of responsibility by political leadership, and 5) the legitimization of violence as the “popular” way to either conduct discourse or solve disputes.

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