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.
What would the situation look like if the state of Israel didn’t exist?
What if instead, there was just a land called “Anarcho-Levant” (or whatever people decided to call it), and cities in that land, like Tel Aviv, Gaza, etc. In this land, there are no “Israelis” or “Palestinians,” there are just people. Some of these people are Jewish, some Muslim, others are Christian; there are Bedouins, Arabs, French immigrants…
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.