“It’s striking that for all the talk about polarization in the US, the Tea Party Movement and Occupy Wall Street are entirely non-violent. Overseas, no one expected the Arab Spring protests to be as nonviolent as they were,” Pinker wrote in an email. The threat of overwhelming reprisal from authorities may have brought some peace to seventeenth- and eighteenth-century England, but Pinker also pointed to research that, today, “nonviolent protest movements achieve their aims far more often than violent ones.” Still, the story of violence’s decline contains much violence, and America is no exception.
Maisonneuve Oct 2011
Maisonneuve Sep 2011
An essay on the evolving narrative of martyrdom in the Islamist and secular worlds.
The Walrus Sep 2008
An interview with an ex-CIA agent who is a world expert on the history of car bombing.