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…
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…
As so many other Americans, I had been raised to understand from an early age that I had rights. The idea of “Inalienable Rights” resonated with me. I was taught to stand up for myself and fight for my rights if they were infringed upon.
The problem was that I didn’t understand why there had to be a fight over my rights to begin with.
If these rights were “inalienable,” how could anyone strip me of my rights, even if they wanted to? Yet, this seemed to be happening all of the time.