Nebulafox on a crucial distinction between Occident and Orient:
Eugenics does not have the same stigma in East Asia that it does in the West: most parents would not hesitate to abort retarded children, even in Japan or Korea. I’m sure you can use your imagination for what this means given the degree of progress genetics and biological engineering research in China have attained over the last decade.
The West wasn’t afraid of physics so the 20th century was the Western century. The West is afraid of genetics, though, and the Chinese are not, so we have another reason to believe the 21st will be the Chinese century.
On the other hand, I suspect Western reservations about genetic engineering will dissipate abruptly in the future. Regarding aborting retarded children, our elites are already there. While fewer than half of Americans say they favor aborting a fetus with a genetic defect, nearly 80% of Jews do. If the CRISPR revolution occurs, the people who move heaven and earth to get their children into the most selective preschools today will pony up whatever it costs to extend their children’s privilege back much further than three years after birth–they’ll go nine months prior to birth if they’re able to gain an edge from it.
The Democrats being the war party is nothing new. Bob Dole referred to “Democrat wars” in a VP debate in 1976. Wilson got us in World War I, FDR in World War II, Truman in the Korean War, and LBJ in the Vietnam War. It was only when the McGovernites took over and drove the Scoop Jackson hawks out of the Democrat party that things changed.
The Republicans were the isolationist party for most of the twentieth century until National Review came along and started advocating a global war against Communism. They influenced the Republican party but, even then, Republican presidents like Reagan weren’t particularly eager to start up new wars. It wasn’t until the neocons got firmly in control and the Communist threat switched to the Islamic threat that the Republicans led the country into overseas wars. The failure of those wars led the Republican rank and file to start to question their neocon leadership. Buchanan, Paul and then Trump runs resulted with Trump finally winning. Now it’s mostly Democrats wanting to involve us in more wars like Libya or Syria and demonizing Putin as the new Hitler.
John Kasich, Bill Kristol, and Colin Powell are all Ridin’ with Biden. They know warmongers when they see them, and they like what they see there.
Two sides in Tennessee were vying for the future of Tennessee. This was true of several states with mountain men who didn’t want to be corralled with a bunch of colored folk and their keepers. E.g., Winston County, Alabama.
Whether or not it was a civil war between the states, it was very much a civil war within the states.
It still doesn’t help me settle on a favored term for what is conventionally referred to as the American Civil War. The term “civil war” implies war for control over the state, something obviously inapplicable to the Confederacy. The War of Northern Aggression is too blatantly partisan for this yankee’s tastes. The War Between the States is okay. Something like the War for Southern Secession seems most apt, though we’re optimistic the third significant secessionary movement in American history will be peaceful unlike the first two were. Third time’s a charm, as they say.