How America came apart


A people with no shared narrative or history will find it very hard to keep a lid on disorder and violence


Douglas Murray is a best-selling author and award-winning journalist based in London.

September 18, 2020

Is America splitting apart?

Just a few years ago it would have seemed an absurd idea. Today the signs from the outside do not look good.

Take the events of recent months.In almost all of the world’s democracies, the immediate reaction to the Covid pandemic was an uptick in public trust in, and support for, their governments.Countries like Britain — said to be hugely divided over recent years — suddenly turned out to have significant secret wells of public trust in the authorities. A consensus grew around what was the best way to deal with the outbreak, based on the advice of the country’s leading scientists.

The Government (and a Conservative…

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