Geek Ink Thinks: Is the US government shutdown the first sign of a second American civil war?

DMZ US Government shutdown

Could the graphic novel DMZ actually be a foreshadowing of things to come?

For those of you who don’t know, the US government has shut down due to various factors, with the forced down-time expected to end in mid-October.

What does this mean? Basically, all non-critical government services, such as national park workers, food health inspectors, and NASA, will be shut down, while critical services, such as the post-office, military, and health services, will continue running.

Why is this happening? The major issue is that congress couldn’t agree on the 2013/2014 budget, which mostly has to do with the new health care system Obama wants to put into place. There is also talk about in-fighting amongst the Republicans, but I don’t know how much of that is true.

To get to the point, there are some people in the US government, and I’m guessing some of them are pretty powerful, who aren’t happy with the way things are being run.

Now, what does this have to do with DMZ?

DMZ is a graphic novel by Brian Wood, which tells the story of a second American civil war. This second civil war occurs because a group, The Free States of America, is unhappy with America taking part in so many foreign wars. This group, made up of mostly of right wing and anti-federal militia members, manage to gather enough support and resources to rise up against the US government.

Now, considering that the Free States of America were largely right wing, and the current resistance to the “Obamacare” program is coming mostly from the right wing in America, perhaps Brian Wood’s telling of a second American civil war was not too far off. Even if the reasons are slightly different, in both of these situations you had two very unhappy groups of Americans who decided they had enough, and decided to take matters into their own hands. ┬áSo the question on my mind is: how unhappy are some American people at the moment? Unhappy enough to start a civil war?


Maybe not.


3 thoughts on “Geek Ink Thinks: Is the US government shutdown the first sign of a second American civil war?

    1. It’s an incredibly well written graphic novel. I still have to finish reading the last 10 issues or so but I ploughed through the ones I had.

      If you like intellectual graphic novels with a gripping storyline, or like politically driven novels, you’ll probably love DMZ.


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