Irreconcilable Differences: Let's Divide America in Two
In this chaotic mix of trying to drive a little bit on the right side of the road and a little bit on the left, there is not only almost zero economic growth and legislative stalemate, but also eternal strife ahead. Each side will not yield, and the result will continue to be societal unhappiness and massive waste of productivity. Gridlock defined.
The creation of America in the 1770s was about freedom of choice. The options to mankind were to be expanded from a few monarchies in Europe to a new form of a country on the other side of the Atlantic Ocean. This birth of freedom ignited the greatest expansion of economic activity, standards of living and average biological longevity in history.
In those colonial days, however, the U.S. population was less than 1% of what it is today. The U.S. population has increased more than 100-fold in 236 years. We often wonder why small countries with only 10 million or 30 million people can exhibit so different social characteristics than the U.S. Well, one of those reasons is that they are so relatively small -- 10 million or 30 million people isn't 300 million.
Trying to keep 300 million people of widely different ideological beliefs together under an umbrella of ideological rigidity only lasts so long. We saw this with our Cold War adversary the USSR, which in 1991 dissolved into a broad set of republics.