If you’re just getting used to hearing the word “balkanization” and the discussion of the coming breakup of America, you haven’t been paying attention. They’ve been telling you this was coming for over twenty years. For example, this article in 1995:

“In the eyes of many observers, the United States, which in 1945 entered upon the postwar era confident in its democratic purposes and serene in the possession of a common culture, is now, fifty years later, moving toward balkanization or even breakdown. Pointing to different sorts of evidence—multiculturalism and/or racial polarization; the effects of unchecked immigration; increased economic and social stratification; distrust of authority; the dissolution of shared moral and religious values—such observers conclude in their various ways that our national project is unraveling.”