In The World Is Not Falling Apart published by Slate last month on 12/22/14, Steven Pinker and Andrew Mack argue that world violence is at a new low. We’ve never had it so good.
All I can say to all of the historical data they present is, huh? While actual violence may be at historic lows the threats of violence has never been higher. Examples:
- North Korea has scrapped the armistace that ended the Korean war.
- Jihadists can and have struck at any time and anywhere.
- Iran is moving rapidly towards nuclear weapons.
One could go on. Historic trends up to now may be down but indications for the future are ominous.