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Violence

What's Happening? - Conflict

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"Violence has been in decline over long stretches of time and we may be living in the most peaceful time in our species' existence." - Steven Pinker

 

WHY SHOULD YOU CARE?

Every minute eight people flee to escape conflict and persecution, according to the UN.

 

WHAT TRENDS ARE WE SEEING?

Archaeological studies show that societies in the past were very violent. Often more than 10% of deaths were the result of one person killing another. Ethnographic evidence also confirms that violence is very common in nonstate societies and drastically higher than in modern state societies.

 

Why is violence declining? One important change may be improving literacy, while countries with higher educational attainment in the past are more likely to have democratic - and generally therefore peaceful - political regimes today.

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