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TRUMP’S REBEL YELL

A tech revolution is setting up a civil war in the U.S., just as it did 150 years ago

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DISRUPTIVE

A TECHNOLOGICAL revolution killed the Whig Party in 1850. A new one is blasting the GOP into splinters in 2016. None of the presidential candidates talk much about technology, yet our software-eats-the-world whirlwind drives everything that’s cleaving the country and throwing its politics into chaos. The parallels to the dynamics of the 1850s are a little scary. After all, the Whigs’ self-destruction was a prelude to the Civil War.

Like today, the tech revolution in the mid-1800s ushered in a disruptive era of connectivity, and transportation was key. Before the 1800s, getting anywhere—or exchanging information over distance—involved horses, mud roads or boats. Movement was so hard that almost all business was local and small, much of it agricultural.

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What If He Wins? As president, would Donald Trump be a fascist? A reformer? A savior? A buffoon? Probably a bit of all that, but much closer to Jimmy Carter than Adolf Hitler, Newsweek asks the question!
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