I’ve had a lot of time to think about this, and after some careful thought, I’ve concluded that had the insurrectionists had won on Jan 6, we would be a helluva wores off than we are now.
Don’t believe me? Foreign governments aren’t too quick to recognize new governments when the old ones are replaced by violent overthrow, and the US would have been no exception. Two things would have immediately happened if the US govt was toppled.
1. The US dollar as the world’s reserve currency would have been cancelled. Not phased out, cancelled.
Not a big deal, right? Uh, no. How do you now purchase the raw materials needed to power the US economy when your money is as good as confederate currency?
See a problem yet? Just one of many.
2. All treaties signed by foreign governments with the US become null and void.
Makes sense. With the former US govt deposed of, do those treaties exist anymore? Would the newly formed government even honor them?
Again, not a big deal right? You just would have zero foreign markets your factories here can sell goods to. You would not even be able to sell products to Mexico and Canada, since even that is because of treaties the former US government signed with them.
Of course, you could try going the full self-sufficient route, but that is going to take decades to get up and running, assuming you could do it at all (you would need foreign investment, and that is going to be hard to come by).
As bad as things currently are, and no matter how much worse it actually gets, it pales in comparison to what might have happened had the insurrectionists on Jan 6 won.
And I am damned glad they did not, because as dark as things are now, at least we have a chance to make it better.