Is Human Violence Really on the Wane?
Dr. Laina Farhat-Holzman – October 21, 2011
Despite rampant pessimism at the moment, history can show us that life has never been better. The majority of today’s humans have more to eat, better health, more stable governance, and much less violence than ever before. Violence needs to be seen in context.
Several authors (The Better Angels of our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined and A History of Violence: From the end of the Middle Ages to the Present) insist that violence has declined—even in the face of the horrific 20th Century with two devastating World Wars. The decline can be seen when comparing the percentage of dead with the size of human population.
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Global Violence Declines – Except in the Middle East.
Dr. Laina Farhat-Holzman – November 4, 2011
As mentioned in Part 1 of our two-part look at the decline of violence in the world, daily violence has been on the increase in one region of the world, the Muslim Middle East. But even here, the numbers are terrible when compared with the rest of the world, but not when compared with the history of the region itself.
Violence in the daily life of people in the Middle East, once dictators are removed, is no different than the violence of daily life in Europe from the fall of Rome until the 18th century. It has changed for us, but not for them.
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