Un­civil war

The Washington Times Weekly - - National -

For­get about de­bat­ing whether a civil war is un­der way in Iraq. One best-sell­ing au­thor is ques­tion­ing whether the ex­treme po­lar­iza­tion in Amer­ica to­day could lead to an­other civil war in this coun­try.

Or­son Scott Card’s pre­vi­ous book, “En­der’s Game,” was read by top brass at the Pen­tagon and was cited as one of the sources of the Afghanistan bat­tle plan. Now we’ve got­ten hold of his up­com­ing book, “Em­pire,” in which he ar­gues that the un­com­pro­mis­ing rhetoric from the right and left is tear­ing Amer­ica apart.

“We are a coun­try that is fully po­lar­ized,” he warns, adding that hate speech and in­sis­tent ide­ol­ogy spew­ing from both sides is en­dan­ger­ing the na­tion’s fu­ture.

The au­thor says he wrote the book from the stand­point of “a flam­ing mod­er­ate.”

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