Fate of empires | Your opinions

It appears we may be approaching the brink of a dissolution of our democratic republic. As a 1978 Ernest Glubb piece, “The Fate of Empires,” indicates, most regimes, governments and empires, last an average of 250 years. We’re almost there (2026). Murmurings on the political right seem to signify a move toward permanent right-wing control in a number of states. One even hears muted whispers by elements of the far right about using violence to eliminate dissenters. If violence does come to pass, some on the right maintain that they will prevail by virtue of their owning a majority of existing lethal firearms. Assuming that far righties do resort to violence, prevail and scrap our current system, what would happen next? One need only look back some 100 years to the Russian revolution of 1917. The violence there cost more than nine million lives. Once the main takeover ended, the remaining revolutionary groups, not being able to agree on how to proceed, began eliminating one another in a bloodbath that lasted more than six years. If our democratic republic dissolves and the far right prevails, they may then begin a bloody elimination of groups they oppose, even some groups they initially supported. Far righties should understand, though, that enough weapons exist in the hands of other groups to result in a significant loss of their own blood. And, when it’s all over, what form of regime will they implement to control the millions who remain? Let’s see … gulags; AmeriStalinism?

— Michael Herman, Chico

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