U.S. faces a potential ‘secession crisis’ at home and ‘open conflict’ with China in the coming decade, says author who predicted 2020 unrest

Neil Howe foresaw that 2020 would be time of crisis for the U.S. — back in the 1990s.

As scholars of demography and generational trends, Howe and his colleague, the late William Strauss, observed that every generation of Americans fits a particular archetype that influences the personality and practices of subsequent generations.

Think of the G.I. Generation — “The Greatest Generation” — who rose as one to victory in World War II and engineered America’s postwar economic boom; the Silent Generation, who never quite escaped from the G.I.’s long shadow; the postwar wave of baby boomers and Generation X, who trumpet the “Me Generation” of individualism and self-determination; and collectivist-minded millennials, born between 1982 and 2004, who came of age during two major economic recessions and ongoing financial insecurity, and who with each passing year hold the keys to the nation’s future.

Howe and Strauss concluded that every 70 to

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Manhattan Retailers, Condo Residents Fortifying Themselves Ahead Of Possible Election Unrest

Some New York City retailers and condo residents are girding themselves against the possibility of riots following the results — or lack thereof — of Tuesday’s presidential election.

Over the weekend, dozens of chain stores across Soho and Midtown, Manhattan were once again encased with plywood. Among the corporations that had boarded up storefronts as of Monday: Chanel, Macy’s, Sephora, Bergdorf Goodman, Victoria’s Secret, Gucci, Citi Bank, American Eagle, and Sweetgreen.

The headquarters of News Corp — home to Fox News, the Wall Street Journal, and the NY Post — was also boarded up. The Diplomat Centre, an office building adjacent to the United Nations, began its fortification process shortly before sundown on Monday.

“I think it’s a bit of an overreaction,” said Edwin, an employee at the Diplomat Centre, who declined to provide his last name. “What they’re trying to prevent, I don’t think it’ll occur here in Manhattan.”

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Amid coronavirus outbreak and social unrest, weary city dwellers escape to Montana, creating a property gold rush

Their living room didn’t just seem bigger than the photos on Zillow that had led them to make a $559,000 offer after 24 hours in Montana, a place they had never been. The 2,300-square-foot house was twice the size of the two-bedroom condo they sold in Brentwood, Calif., before packing their cars and driving 16 hours northeast, released from the confines of the coronavirus pandemic and the jobs Robert had grown to hate and Valentina had lost.

This was the 19th walk-through their broker, Charlotte Durham, had done for out-of-state clients since Montana’s virus shutdown ended in late April and its real estate market flipped into hyperdrive. Buyers fleeing New York, Los Angeles and other densely populated U.S. cities say they want to leave the coronavirus clusters and social justice unrest behind.

Even as the state’s fierce winter looms, the transplants are pushing house prices to record levels. Some are

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