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Has the next Civil War already started?

That America is divided is clear. Where we go from here is not. 

Panel discussion at Crosscut Festival

New York Times columnist Jamelle Bouie starts the conversation during the Crosscut Festival with a disclaimer: "The title of the session is: Has the Next Civil War Already Started? I'm gonna say, straight up, it has not." (Photo by Christopher Nelson for Crosscut)

In America, Civil War has long been relegated to history books and Ken Burns films. But recently it has become a live topic. Crosscut gathered a panel of political experts and journalists to discuss the deepening tribalism of extreme partisan politics, identifying root causes of our divisions, discussing the platforms that have encouraged this divisiveness and exploring what can be done to prevent it. The panel featured Manhattan Institute fellow Oren Cass, New York Times columnist Thomas Edsall, political science professor Christopher Parker and journalist Tay Wiles. New York Times columnist Jamelle Bouie moderated the conversation. This episode was recorded on May 4, 2019 at Seattle University as part of the Crosscut Festival. Note: This episode contains adult language. A bleeped version is available below.

This conversation was recorded on May 4, 2019 at Seattle University as part of the Crosscut Festival.

 

Pigott Auditorium
Thomas Edsall informs the crowd, "Under the stage we have AK-47s for anyone who wants them." (Photo by Christopher Nelson for Crosscut)  

 

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The crowd packed Pigott Auditorium on the Seattle University campus for the panel. (Photo by Christopher Nelson for Crosscut)

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Has the next Civil War already started?

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