The Remnants of War praised by Steven Pinker

At The Browser, Steven Pinker, author most recently of The Better Angels of Our Nature: The Decline of Violence in History and Its Causes, praises The Remnants of War, by John Mueller:

“Not only is Mueller unfailingly insightful as a political analyst, but he is a stylish writer with a sardonic wit. In several books he has argued that war between states, particularly war between developed states, is almost obsolete. Though civil wars and clashes between militias persist, they shade into organised crime, and do far less human damage than two organised states mustering their might to destroy each other. Mueller first made this argument in the late 1980s, before the collapse of the Soviet Union and the end of the Cold War. He deserves credit for noticing the trend before it had come to fruition. He has been vindicated by statistics on wars in the decades since, which have shown that, in contrast to millennia of recorded history, today there are few wars between states and no wars between developed states.”

Read the whole interview here: Steven Pinker on the Decline of Violence

The Remnants of War praised by Steven Pinker