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  •  Yet another diary (1+ / 0-)
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    BlueDragon

    on violence in America, that does not reference the rapid reduction in violence in America.

    It  really is amazing.  Left.  Right.  Mainstream.

    You can read hundreds of articles on violence in America, and never read about its rapid decline.

    I have come to conclude that the fact just doesn't fit anyone's agenda.  To the right, violence can't be declining because it means that when they say things like Tony Perkins said yesterday it becomes obvious they are full of crap.

    Why the silence from the left?  Maybe because we are still more violent than many countries. Which is true - but you would think it worth mentioning that things are getting better.

    Really it is quite absurd to write about something and not mention the trend.

    The bitter truth of deep inequality has been disguised by an era of cheap imported goods and the anyone-can-make-it celebrity myth - Polly Toynbee

    by fladem on Sat Apr 20, 2013 at 10:14:38 AM PDT

    •  the trend on gun deaths is diminishing (3+ / 0-)
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      so fast that the total of gun deaths will surpass that of car deaths in a couple of years.

      So you totally ignore the point that Jackson is making.

      Which is how much we can and should be doing to save lives.

      So be it.

      "We didn't set out to save the world; we set out to wonder how other people are doing and to reflect on how our actions affect other people's hearts." - Pema Chodron

      by teacherken on Sat Apr 20, 2013 at 10:17:18 AM PDT

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    •  violence is diminishing (7+ / 0-)

      gun violence isn't.

      is that good for you?

      The cold passion for truth hunts in no pack. -Robinson Jeffers

      by Laurence Lewis on Sat Apr 20, 2013 at 10:25:24 AM PDT

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    •  Violence is only diminishing if defined (3+ / 0-)
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      in a narrow way, a la Stephen Pinker.

      Poverty is violence and poverty in America is increasing. Education is crumbling and that is a violence. and on and on goes the list. That these violences are not the result of aggressions on physical flesh does not make them less violent.

      There are moments when the body is as numinous as words, days that are the good flesh continuing. -- Robert Hass

      by srkp23 on Sat Apr 20, 2013 at 11:06:03 AM PDT

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    •  The normal way you analyze things (1+ / 0-)
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      is to break them down before you put them together. So, what kind of [your types] of violence are rapidly declining?

      I'll try really hard to fit my agenda to the facts when you lay them out.  But, I'm sure more people died TODAY because some driver was reading email on a smartphone than died Monday from the Boston Marathon bombers.

      As an aside, John Cornyn should keep his pompous stupidity in his own state, where they elect and re-elect him to spout it.  Someday, I'd like to see a principled analysis of which states' rights should extend across state line, but it surely won't come from either current Texas senators.  

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