Parliament; an unlikely suspect of our acid attack frenzy

In Hobbes’ Leviathan, three principal causes of violence were identified: competition, diffidence and glory. The logic of the Leviathan is that a monopoly of violence by the nation state reduces the incentive to be violent. As Steven Pinker famously argues in A Better Angels of Our Nature, this was one of the five historical forces that led to the decline of violence over the centuries. Even if we accept that homicide rates, cruel and unusual punishments and superstitious killings are lower than before, we struggle to fit this narrative around acid attacks. Continue reading

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