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The Age of Peace? Part I: the “Pacification Process”

The Age of Peace? Part I: the “Pacification Process”

October 15, 2014 | By | 2 Comments

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…

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The State of our Insanity is Strong

The State of our Insanity is Strong

March 3, 2014 | By | 1 Comment

The “state of the Union” and most “state of the state” addresses around the U.S. were given about a month ago. We’ve since had time for reflection.

I doubt many of us take the “State of” speeches very seriously: why should we? The talking points do not speak to realities, but to fairly land myths.

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