When I looked back I saw us coming too close to another civil war. We were divided too far apart.
There were only a few times that it got that weird, Detroit, Watts, Newark, but those were exceptions, not the rule.
I look at the number of opportunities that exist now that did not in 1963 and it is amazing. There have been down sides but the up sides make up for them.
I sometimes think you need to be near the brink to regain focus. We lost focus on our fiscal responsibilities as a nation, first in 1928 and again in 1980. It took a serious failure to gain that focus in 1929. It took a serious failure in 2008 to gain that focus again.
Same issue with folks without flood insurance in Fargo. Most had never experienced a 100 Year flood so only 800 have flood insurance. Bet they will have it next time. Lessons learned from the brink.