Does violence spread like a disease? Epidemiolost Gary Slutkin of Cure Violence says the issues has been misdiagnosed, and instead created science-based strategies that aim to stop violence before it erupts.
Phi Beta Iota: While this is not new — the eight stages of genocide pioneered by Dr. Greg Stanton at Genocide Watch , and John Heidenreich’s excellent work, How to Prevent Genocide: A Guide for Policymakers, Scholars, and the Concerned Citizen that we consider superior to (and also published prior to by six years) the more glorified work of a New York Times writer Samantha Power, A Problem from Hell: America and the Age of Genocide that we found be both less analytical and less forthright in relation to genocides funded by the US Government in our name and at our expense (not just financially but morally). This brings up the key point: war and prisons are profitable for the few at the expense of the many. As long as publics allow their governments to be brazenly and persistent corrupt — a point made by Lawrence Lessig with some frequency now — then governments are not serving the public interest, they are simply enablers for the looting of public resources. This is as true of Western governments as it is of all Third World governments with or without dictators. The preconditions of revolution are well known — but absent intelligence with integrity across Whole of Government — and public demand for ethical evidence-based decision making — there will be no change to the status quo: screw the 99%, enrich the 1%, leave all our debts and problems to the next generation.