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Old 12-13-2011, 11:32 PM
bsw bsw is offline
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Default Re: Science Saturday: Civilized Violence (Maggie Koerth-Baker & Jessa Gamble)

This is a good point. I would say what is significant here is not the existence of pacifists in the 19th century, but the near extinction of the TR view. Of course, you are very right about the world wars (though, to give Pinker his due, he points out that even given these wars, the deaths as a fraction of the population were very low by historical standards.

War is certainly not a thing of the past (though folks like TPM Barnett have made more reasonable versions of this Angell thesis, though Barnett's is ).

While I agree on the Iraq war, it should be noted that compared to the World Wars, it was a small affair.
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