Make Money, Not War
Steven Pinkers The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined
By Aschwin de Wolf
This article appeared in the Summer 2012 issue of The Independent Review.
Psychologist and cognitive scientist Steven Pinker succeeds in showing that violence has retreated around the globe, but his explanation for this trend is diffused and incomplete. Pinkers ambitious tome might have benefited from a more focused attempt to distinguish the peace dividend of commerce from the peace dividend of Leviathan.
Aschwin de Wolf is a biomedical researcher in Portland, Oregon, and writes for the blog Against Politics.
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