"We are already in a soft civil war, and the Left is winning.
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I don't agree - I would say that the Left WAS winning - now their progress has been blunted globally and the pendulum is swinging the other way. I would say that is the GOP had run a Bush-ish candidate in 2016 and won/lost, then the Left would have wiped out the opposition. But, if you analyze the areas that were formerly used to seize control as you correct outlined:
1.) academia - college is a broken value proposition like any other business ran by liberals. Before, you were forced to parrot whatever nonsense was taught as the degree was a tickets to the good life. Now, because core skills is secondary at best, it is a ticket to debt and a job at Starbucks.
2.) public schools - the masses have woken up and realized how broken the system is leading to the charter school push. Dems are in a bind - they know that people now see the public schools as broken but are beholden to the teachers unions. Their mistake was not strangling charter schools in their infant stage.
3.) the arts and entertainment - the NFL backlash and the Hollywood backlash show the weakening power of the left. Again, they were undone by technologies breaking their stranglehold on information - namely, the internet. They cannot curate how people consume media any longer.
4.) and the news media - again, in the past, this would have been a big blow but because of the internet and Trump calling out the media for their blatant lies, its power/influence is dying. In an age where people want facts, the Libs try to sell emotions. It is a losing strategy.
I would add to your list the 2 other means of control:
5.) Banking - the elites tried to snuff out Trump's economy and failed. They tried to push Obama's corruption and green technology - they failed. At the end of the day, financial power has shifted away from the US Fed and 2 big banks and the people in general benefit from that.
6.) The Courts - the Left's old fallback for idea they cannot get passed through elections. Again, Trump has permanently upturned the apple cart and not even the 9th circuit is being fixed.
I think this is why the Left is being so unreasonable and militant with Antifa. They expected a mass socialist uprising rather than a rejection of their ideas.