Arnold Kling has been posting lately about the prospects for civil war in the United States:
I agree with him that the idea is still pretty far-fetched. I also think that things would need to get much, much worse before there’s a real prospect for civil war. For one thing married couples in which both spouses used to work and at least one spouse still has a job tend to be something of a firebreak against real desparation.
However, when you read about people shooting other people because the shooter disagrees with the political opinions of the employers of his victim you’ve got to wonder.