Steven Pinker charts the decline of violence from Biblical times to the present, and argues that, though it may seem illogical and even obscene, given Iraq and Darfur, we are living in the most peaceful time in our species' existence.
I mean Obama's efforts to bring together the left and right, not everything he's done.
Clearly he wasn't going to destroy the nation. But he clearly was determined to kill americans. How many fellow citizens would you demand that he kill before he could have been assassinated?
Some tough gray areas huh?
The black and white thinking is really tiring.
Why all the al-Awlaki hagiography? Wasn't this asshole in the running for replacing bin laden at one point? I don't think he was ever a top tier choice, but if you're considered a possible choice, that does mean something doesn't it?
Well, I think it's tiring people are pretty hung up on the "citizen" part. I mean, the guy was a hostile actor in a foreign land.
Pinker's 'effectively stateless' idea is accurate in a Hobbesian context. Normally, disputes are resolved by the rule of law. However in some poor black communities
No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a Grand Jury, except in cases arising in the land or naval forces, or in the Militia, when in actual service in time of War or public danger; nor shall any person be subject for the same offence to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb; nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself, nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation.
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