The question of the day is whether that nation exists, now. I say that, if it does, then it exists only as one party to an irreconcilable division between individualists and collectivists. Try to understand that this is a metaphysical antagonism: there is nothing to “compromise” because the antagonism is bound up with two completely different assertions of the nature of reality, raised to the domain of politics over the matter of what human beings are.
Civil War between individualists and collectivists? One immediate problem that occurs to me is that there aren’t any individualists to speak of. To paraphrase Benjy Mouse:
“Quite clearly, if we’re sitting there in the blogosphere mentioning that there’s going to be war between the collectivists and the individualists , and then have to eventually admit that the number of individualists who will show up for it is forty-two, then I think that war is probably quite short.”
I don’t see that civil war is imminent at all, I see pressures continuing to build that might be released in any number of ways. I will find a way to advance my life or make one, but I certainly see no sense in going to war with the collectivists.