A Man with a Flashlight

Civilization is working
April 8, 2007, 10:58 am
Filed under: The West

That seems to be the message of this essay by psychologist Steven Pinker. Deaths by genocide and war, murder rates, and barbaric tortures have all dropped in the West over the past thousand and more years. Why isn’t this talked about? Pinker’s explanation rings true to me:

Partly, it’s an intellectual culture that is loath to admit that there could be anything good about the institutions of civilization and Western society.

I would expect at least a mention of the Holocaust though, yes?

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