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The world is not falling apart: The trend lines reveal an increasingly peaceful period in history.


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A little historical perspective that shows your odds of getting murdered or raped are actually relatively low and apparently getting lower!

It's a good trend, but Peace w/o justice is just detente.  I feel sorry for all the murdered and raped happening every day over in the middle east where nobody is defending nor speaking for them.  Unfortunately it doesn't make it any better that globally there is less. 

The article is good because it shows the ways in which even those crimes are on the decline.

Finally, we need to be mindful of orders of magnitude. Some categories of violence, like rampage shootings and terrorist attacks, are riveting dramas but (outside war zones) kill relatively small numbers of people. Every day ordinary homicides claim one and a half times as many Americans as the number who died in the Sandy Hook massacre. And as the political scientist John Mueller points out, in most years bee stings, deer collisions, ignition of nightwear, and other mundane accidents kill more Americans than terrorist attacks.

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