Have we "vanquished" violence in the world?

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    Sep 25, 2011 6:20 AM GMT
    Some good news to start/end the day.

    http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424053111904106704576583203589408180.html?mod=WSJ_hp_LEFTTopStories

    We believe our world is riddled with terror and war, but we may be living in the most peaceable era in human existence. Why brutality is declining and empathy is on the rise.

    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. Violence has been in decline for thousands of years, and today we may be living in the most peaceable era in the existence of our species.

    The decline, to be sure, has not been smooth. It has not brought violence down to zero, and it is not guaranteed to continue. But it is a persistent historical development, visible on scales from millennia to years, from the waging of wars to the spanking of children.


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    Sep 25, 2011 4:17 PM GMT
    Well the overall 'waning of war' may be taking place according to most world nations, but when your an American tax payer, paying for the worlds biggest war machine, its kinda hard to see the improvement.