The hysterical fantasy of an impending civil war

Source: spiked
by Frank Furedi

“Why are so many among America’s political and media elite determined to present what happened on 6 January as something it was not? At first sight it is tempting to dismiss this catastrophist framing of the Capitol riot as pure scaremongering propaganda. But it is more than that. Sections of the political and cultural establishment really are fearful. Not because of what actually happened a year ago, but because they have become so paranoid about what they perceive as the threat of populism that they have lost the capacity to assess threats objectively. This paranoia hasn’t come out of nowhere. Rather it has its roots in the elite’s growing anxiety about the people — the demos. Indeed, in the 21st-century, this anxiety has become pathological — it has become demosphobia.” (01/12/22)