According to some, such as Harvard professor Steven Pinker:
“Believe it or not…violence has been in decline over long stretches of time, and we may be living in the most peaceful time in our species’ existence.”
Pinker sees the decline of violence as progressing in four stages, the first of which he calls the “Pacification Process.” For Pinker, this process corresponds directly with the rise and development of the first states…
By the numbers, the most extensive and devastating incidents of “anti-Semitic attacks” are actually being wrought by the state of Israel upon the civilians of Gaza. That’s the simple truth.
The overwhelming majority of the people inhabiting Gaza are Semitic.
The “forbidden question” is usually the thing that should demand our attention the most, because it is deemed “forbidden” for a reason. Criminals, perverts, con artists and all sorts of depraved people have a few things in common, and one of them is that they do not want, under any circumstances, for an open, no-holds-barred examination of what they are doing.
Food and drink flow generously; fireworks set the skies alight; rousing songs are played at teeth rattling volume; speeches are given by officials; it is the time when U.S. citizens celebrate their ancestors’ political secession from Britain: “Independence Day,” July 4th.
At least that is the ostensible reason for all the ruckus.
I totally disagree with the notion that the people who are laboring, who are creating the products, moving the products and providing the sheer sweat driving the economy are doing so only because they are too “mediocre” to be the managers of others. Many people simply want to earn a living doing something that they love to do, or have invested years of training learning to do. And no one should disparage them. No one has basis to disparage them: they are the foundation of the entire system…