Look­ing south

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Thank you for Stephen Marche’s re­cent ar­ti­cle on the idea of a civil war erupt­ing in the United States (“The End of an Em­pire,” Novem­ber), which was among the best I have read on the sub­ject. Sim­i­lar ar­ti­cles in other out­lets of­ten draw from ex­am­ples only in Amer­i­can his­tory or cur­rent events. What made Marche’s con­tri­bu­tion stand out was his use of schol­arly re­search on sit­u­a­tions well out­side of the US, point­ing to prece­dents in which pub­lic or­der has bro­ken down. In light of on­go­ing episodes of mass vi­o­lence in the coun­try, these com­par­isons need to be made. Avoid­ing the navel-gaz­ing of US dis­course is a valu­able con­tri­bu­tion of in­de­pen­dent Cana­dian me­dia, and read­ers south of the bor­der are lucky to ben­e­fit from it.

Chris Sz­abla

New York, NY

Marche of­fers a thought-pro­vok­ing take on the im­pact an in­creas­ingly po­lar­ized Amer­ica might have on Canada. The pic­ture that Marche paints of the US is bleak: ev­i­dence of a salient par­ti­san di­vide among Amer­i­cans, Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump’s re­peated rhetor­i­cal at­tacks on gov­ern­ment or­ga­ni­za­tions, the

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