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What violence?

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From a dear friend’s Facebook status:

“I prayed that I would live so the world would know his courage and his great love.” – Clara Kramer in Clara’s War, a memoir of her Holocaust survival and a man who saved her and her family, [among] three other families, from the Nazis. Great book. Its much more graphic and intense then Diary of Anne Frank. I am speechless yet so grateful my generation has never had to know true evil.

My response: – 800,000 killed in 1994

“Sudanese authorities claim a death toll of roughly 19,500 civilians[150] while certain non-governmental organizations, such as the Coalition for International Justice, claim that over 400,000 people have been killed.[151]”

“Several millions in North Korea have died of starvation since the mid-1990s…”

“Outside observers and nongovernmental organizations estimate that 3.5 million North Koreans died of starvation between 1995 and 1997.”


I truly wish that your last statement was true, and things actually ARE getting better – the world is becoming a smaller place, and things like Twitter, cell phones that record video, etc are making it much harder for dictators to get away with the types of things they used to be able to do – but we do still have a lot of work to do. I didn’t even mention the Middle East in the links above, for instance.

If this subject interests you, I HIGHLY recommend Steven Pinker’s wonderful book, The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined.

He gave a talk here at Mizzou last spring about it, and he gave pretty much the same talk at TED:

FYI, my friend are I are approximately the same age (27).

Until next time,


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Dave Muscato is Vice President of MU SASHA. He is a vegetarian, LGBTQ ally, and human- & animal-welfare activist. A junior at Mizzou majoring in economics & anthropology and minoring in philosophy & Latin, Dave posts updates to the SASHA blog every Monday, Thursday, and Saturday. His website is

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One comment on “What violence?

  1. Tammy
    December 28, 2011

    Dave, I think she’s very well aware that evil and genocide has taken place in her generation (after all, I think I recall she did help lead the Amnesty International club in high school). I suspect her post was more a hasty choice of words than ignorance – not to mention the shameful psychology that effects nearly all of us when human suffering is so far removed from our immediate presence.

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