And what keeps things civil? The 2nd amendment. The pantomime of “bipartisan government” is only effective as a peacekeeper so long as people remain content with this ruse. The 1% aren’t yet audacious enough to push either side too far. We have tremendous issues to address in this country, and finding a satisfactory compromise position between the left and right is essential to solving those problems, not least of which are poverty and gun violence. I fail to see any rationale for addressing these issues by imposing restrictions on a central American right.
And why would the 1% government hesitate? It has all the time in the world. The world is its counter-insurgency laboratory. To date, nothing short of massacre has ever successfully crushed a wide-spread uprising, and that only for a while. That’s not good for markets. If they ever do think they’ve got it figured out, we’d better hope there is a fierce response, else tyranny will indeed win. Seriously, imagine a state that could not be successfully opposed by its people. I don’t think we’re there yet. I hope we never have to face that risk as anything other than a horrible possibility to be resisted at all costs.
Should you disagree, that’s fine. But I would like to know what you believe an government that could not be opposed would do, given the opportunity.