By Noah Smith – Another turning point in the history of humankind may be on the horizon.
Human civilization was somewhat like this for most of our history—aristocrats feasting in their manor houses, half-starved peasants toiling in the fields.
What liberated us? It might have been the printing press, or capitalism, or the sailing ship. But it might have been the gun.
And if it was the gun that liberated us, then we should be very worried. Because when the Age of the Gun ends, the age of freedom and dignity and equality that much of humanity now enjoys may turn out to have been a bizarre, temporary aberration. more> http://tinyurl.com/lvssmus