What makes America’s flirtation with collectivism striking is that race and gender, rather than class, have become the dominant mode of discourse about group grievance, in blindness to the more prosaic reality of what is driving the fracturing of the American nation. For years, Americans have been indoctrinated in their schools and universities, and conditioned through the media they consume, to look at one another not as members of a community of self-reliant citizens bound together by a commitment to individual freedom under the law, a shared national identity, and mutual obligation, but increasingly as a collection of aggrieved groups, each validated by its own grievance — real or imagined — and poised to exact retribution for the misdeeds of generations past.

Today the process of re-racializing American history has nearly reached its climax. We are poised to begin to decompose as a nation along geo-ideological lines, reflecting the territorial alignment of exclusive ideologies, or to witness the triumph of the American Left over a progressively disenfranchised citizenry. If the decline is not stopped soon, the final outcome is likely to repeat the experience of other nations that at some point in their history veered in the direction of group-based social engineering as a pathway to an allegedly more just society.

No one can predict how the abandonment of the American ideal of the individual citizen’s rights under the law will ultimately play out, but one thing is certain: When rhetoric and reality fundamentally misalign, chaos reigns.