RE: Steven Pinker - global violence has declined
Despite his pro-capitalist politics, Pinker is a great scientist and a brilliant mind. I have his book, "The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined," and it's a magnificent book with loads of hard scientific data to back up his claims. I'd highly recommend everyone here to pick up a copy for yourselves.
"I want to make a promise to you - the reader. And I don't know if I can fulfill it tomorrow, or even the day after that. But I put the bastards of this world on notice that I do not have their best interests at heart. I will try and speak for my reader. That is my promise. And it will be a voice made of ink and rage." -Paul Kemp, The Rum Diary