Built on solidly researched distinctions between urban and rural America and their respective political, activist and ideological extremes. Explores angles of human nature in situations where people are seized with hopelessness, fear, or an absolute sense of righteousness or superiority. These non-partisan angles are projected into speculative political futures and are rendered tangible by extensive citations and sampled quotes from a wide range of research areas that include military theory, disaster response, and conspiracy theory. He strives to stay away from generalizations (his appeal is to the vast middle), but he is definitely left-leaning and therefore sees greater threats to order coming from the more extreme and strident elements of the right ... those with sympathies that lie along those lines do not want to believe that their perspectives are mirrored in other countries’ entanglements with political collapse. Revolutions in Eastern Europe and the Middle East, and genocides in west Africa are what OTHER people do, not what Americans are capable of. This kind of exceptionalism is exactly what their counterparts on the left find so worthy of scorn. But you have to start with the core of his speculative argument: that a roughly simultaneous disruption of urban environments and rural environments by respective pursuits of autonomy by left and right extremists (triggered by a major recession and, frankly, white nationalism) could rapidly exceed the government’s capacity to maintain social or political order. Everything else proceeds from there: rural folks controlling California’s water, urban folks controlling other types of knowledge infrastructures, and what might happen when MOST “regular” people have to live in the worlds they create — each one determined by region, city, geography and ideology. The title says it all. Listen to it all the way through. It’s wide ranging, detailed and well argued. You just have to suspend your team allegiances and LISTEN and THINK. Not about what you agree or disagree with, but about the degree to which you are willing to think through his “what if” scenarios.