Steven Pinker: Violence, misery & wars – it’s not as bad as you think

If it bleeds, it misleads: on violence and misery the Cassandras are wrong – The discovery that fewer people are dying in wars all over the world gives the lie to the bipartisan consensus about misery

You would think that the disappearance of the gravest threat in the history of humanity would bring a sigh of relief among commentators on world affairs.

Contrary to numerous expert predictions, there was no invasion of western Europe by Soviet tanks, no escalation of a crisis in Cuba or Berlin or the Middle East into a nuclear holocaust. The cities of the world were not vaporised; the atmosphere was not poisoned by radioactive fallout or choked with debris that blacked out the sun and sent Homo sapiens the way of the dinosaurs. Read on in The Guardian

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One response to “Steven Pinker: Violence, misery & wars – it’s not as bad as you think

  1. Good news, on this blog? Who’d have thunk it.

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