United States headed towards a violent political upheaval - Ecology/Sociology professorSubmitted by the_chiefe71 on Sat, 08/04/2012 - 04:42
I hate to provide links to scumbag Yahoo news, but this one is telling:
If history continues to repeat itself, we can expect a violent upheaval in the United States in a few years. "My model suggests that the next [peak in violence] will be worse than the one in 1970 because demographic variables such as wages, standards of living and a number of measures of intra-elite confrontation are all much worse this time," said Peter Turchin, an ecologist, evolutionary biologist and mathematician at the University of Connecticut.
If Turchin's model is right, then the current polarization and inequality in American society will come to a head in 2020. "After the last eight years or so, notice how the discourse in our political class has become fragmented. It's really unprecedented for the last 100 years. So basically by all measures, there are social pressures for instability that are much worse than 50 years ago."