No, not between Huntington-style Western Civilization and dar ul Islam— this is a story about the clash of sub-populations in the US– about red/blue brain biochemistry hypothesis and political polarization, about emergent systems and artificial systems, about social physics and identity and complex adaptive games.
The current assault by the alt-right on college campuses really isnt about free speech or science (ie Charles Murray Racial IQ Hypothesis). It is about the continuing impenetrability of academe to conservative ideology, and red/blue neurotype/phenotype hypothesis. You see, Dear Reader…the coming demographic doom of the GOP isnt the hispanic death cross– its education.
No one is talking about this but it is the most salient point coming out of the 2016 elections— the correlation of educational attainment with liberal voting patterns. Shockingly (or maybe not) education seems to be able to affect red/blue hereditary patterns (ie children inherit their parents ideology thru symbolic and behavioral pathways).
So having seized the presidency the right is incapable of understanding why conservative ideology still cant penetrate academe to propagate conservative ideas. And this is partly why–
Call this divergence, polarization or psuedo-speciation, it all means the same thing. There is no “common ground” or space for compromise. The elegant Nash equilibrium the Founders set up has failed, and both sides are playing Sinner v Sinner TFT now. So we will see more university campuses erupt in violent confrontation going forward. The conflict isnt about actually about science or free speech– its about trying to seize the controls.
According to my knowledge of JMS/EGT maths (Evolution and the Theory of Games) …the attempt will likely fail.
An evolutionarily stable strategy (ESS) is a strategy which, if adopted by a population in a given environment, cannot be invaded by any alternative strategy that is initially rare.
The one thing about the Nash game the Founders built …is the pendulum swings back. It is likely there will be a dem wave in 2018 and/or 2020. But what happens when the pendulum sticks, doesn’t swing back? Thats when we will know the Founders system is truly broken…and my biggest worry for the future.