This year, no event summed up the confrontational path of race-baiting, postcolonialism and identity politics as Charlottesville. No event summed up the increasingly bitter divisions of Western societies as that event.
But as Melanie Phillips pointed out shortly afterwards, Charlottesville is symptomatic of a much wider malaise in the West and especially the Anglosphere.
Phillips pointed out that while the Democratic and Labour parties were the main drivers of a radical agenda, the Republican and Conservative parties were oblivious to it - in fact the whole political and cultural establishment beyond that is.
And this is what scares me as a patriot, Christian and a monarchist. I worry that European royalty, including our own Royal Family, are sometimes not aware of who their enemies are. They may be oblivious to the fact that their - and our - enemies are so hateful and evil they will settle for nothing less than their destruction. The problem is that they're simply too nice.
To me, it seems that non-European royalty, especially the Middle East, have a much greater awareness of who their enemies are. They know how and where they must tread because they know how many of their peers have been deposed (and in some cases killed) within living memory.
We as societies are in danger of Balkanisation along cultural and political lines. It is a dangerous prospect reminiscent of the Spanish Civil War - OK I may be exaggerating, but this is hardly beyond the pale. Can our most cherished traditions and institutions weather an increasingly toxic Culture War? Or will they and we be caught in the crossfire?