Maren Ink/May 2018

Maren Ink/May 2018


President Joshua Maccabee Jennings has just taken office, vowing to Make America Christian Again.

When a Supreme Court justice dies unexpectedly, the government falls into crisis, and secular states start seceding, soon forming the Coalition of Secular States of America.

President Jennings declares war, to stop America’s dissolution no matter the costs in human life, or to America’s collective sanity.

Meanwhile, the US military is beginning a new era with an all-powerful computer system that promises to change the future of war forever.

Civil War Two: America Elects a President Determined to Restore Religion to Public Life, and the Nation Splits spans four ugly, bloody years. New military technologies wreak destruction like nothing America has ever seen. The two foes have almost identical capabilities, which means overwhelming the enemy is not an option, as it has been in America’s recent wars of empire. Individual campaigns are as crucial as any fought in Civil War One, and the wits of politicians, officers, soldiers, and spies are all put to the test.

Publisher: Maren Ink, May 2018

From The Author

I worked on Civil War Two for several years. It was partly born out of an interest in the history of the (first) American Civil War, in the social mechanics of battle, and how famous leaders (military and civilian) accomplished what they did: Ulysses Grant, Robert E. Lee, Abraham Lincoln, etc. In a way, CW2 is the product of a great thought experiment, drawing on my understanding of history and human behavior, asking what would happen if another civil war happened in our near future. I wanted to be realistic, rather than following any popular or idealogical notions of what “should” happen. I add dimension by transposing some parallels from the 19th Century civil war, such as the influence of charismatic leaders. For example, what might a present-day Abraham Lincoln figure be like?

As far as current influences, the increasing polarization in American politics and culture are obvious touchstones. Doomsday scenarios abound in the popular imagination — “prepper” culture, right wing extremist movements, and even zombie stories are good examples. The increased prominence of the Christian Right and fundamentalist/evangelical movements can’t be ignored. New military and civilian technologies, including their possible failures and the unexpected consequences of their use, loom large in CW2.

Praise for Dr. Collins' Writing

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"Does Capitalism Have a Future is the work of five eminent big-picture thinkers. Their rich analysis of capitalism's contradictions and vision of possibilities for its future evolution are well worth pondering."--Francis Fukuyama


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