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Old 02-23-2011, 05:24 AM   #63
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Default Re: Overkill on a Mozambique drill

Originally Posted by vicky_molokh View Post
Violence spawns violence; it doesn't solve it. Gradual de-escalation is the way to go. After all, Iceland used to be the land of horned berserkers killing each other in the morning to feast in the evening. ;)
I know the latter part is a joke, but the former part is not exactly supported by evidence.

There is a fairly direct correlation between the accumulated capacity for violence in cultures and the amount of violence that happens daily. The highest rates of murder, rape and assault took place in cultures where weapons of war were unknown and there were no armies, police, security forces or other trained wielders of violence.

I'm not going to come out and say that this correlation suggests causation. But it is at the very least fairly good evidence against the belief that violence is caused by anything other than the innate human predilection towards being bastards.
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