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Oct. 3, 2011 The New Yorker

On Oct. 3, 2011 The New Yorker’s Elizabeth Kolbert wrote “Peace In Our Time” about Steven Pinker’s book “The Better Angels Of Our Nature.” He thinks violence has declined over the centuries from changing attitudes and and the rise of government. American cities with high murder rates in poor neighborhoods are “Effectively stateless, living in a sort of Hobbesian dystopia beyond the reach of law enforcement.” “The civilizing mission of government never penetrated the American South as deeply as it had in the Northeast, to say nothing of Europe. Pinker works hard on his arguments but many see the violence in the news and think otherwise.

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