Nihilism and the Abyss

“The only thing [standing] between the United States and the abyss, is the Democratic Party.”
β€” James Carville, political commentator

So what exactly is the abyss, James? I am a little confused. Nietzsche intimated that if we dared gaze long into the abyss we may find ourselves looking back.

Maybe that is what you are most afraid of, to find that you yourselves constitute what you most hate. And maybe that is why most of what you stand for is nihilistic in nature; it seeks to destroy its own self. In that, perhaps, there is at least some justice. Sadly, it is without regard for anything or anyone else, and will, with gusto, destroy absolutely everything in its effort to do so.

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