Comment 27367

By highwater (registered) | Posted November 20, 2008 at 10:09:55

Absolutely not. I believe humans are basically reasonable and fair at heart, and that we establish governments to ensure that society operates fairly. Further, I believe strongly that western civilization is becoming progressively more civil, humane, tolerant, and peaceful over time. Steven Pinker explores this in his lecture "A brief history of violence":

Ghandi once famously said about Western Civilization, that he thought it would be a good idea. I wish he were around today to give us a report card.

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