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…
The fact that police in the United States have grown increasingly militarized over the last 40 years, and almost no politician or pundit ever took notice at all, is sickening. Nevertheless, isn’t it good that they are finally dealing with reality, even if it is late in the game?
Yes and no.
“YES,” because when it comes to social ill, any public attention is better than no attention at all.
And “NO,” because many people aren’t actually dealing with the problem: they’re dealing with the symptoms.
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…
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…