On the day this article appears, you will read about a shocking act of violence. Somewhere in the world there will be a terrorist bombing, a senseless murder, a bloody insurrection. It's impossible to learn about these catastrophes without thinking, "What is the world coming to?" But a better question may be, "How bad was the world in the past?" Believe it or not, the world of the past was much worse. Steven Pinker: Why Violence Is Vanishing
The Better Angels of Our Nature — By Steven Pinker — Book Review
Delusions of peace Steven Pinker argues that we are becoming less violent. Nonsense, says John Gray Storming of the Bastille by Francois Leonard. Many of the French revolutionaries favoured violence as an “engine of social transformation” “Today we take it for granted that war happens in smaller, poorer and more backward countries,” Steven Pinker writes in his new book, The Better Angels of Our Nature: the Decline of Violence in History and Its Causes.
BOOKS review of Steven Pinker’s “The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined” (Viking; $40). In the weeks following Anders Behring Breivik’s shooting spree in Norway, commentators on both sides of the Atlantic struggled to make sense of what had happened. Many used the occasion to warn of the dangers of homegrown terrorism. Others argued that the shootings revealed the growing menace of nativist rhetoric. Still others maintained that the problem was peculiarly Norwegian, a combination of inept policing and misguided pacifism. Steven Pinker’s History of Violence in Decline