Re: violence...

Cynthia (
Fri, 24 Sep 1999 09:25:57 -0700

"Michael S. Lorrey" wrote:

> Societies that are highly
> structured might be seemingly peaceful and well run for a while, but at
> some point the collective stress reaches such a level that they drift
> into national madness, warfare, and genocide. Some 40-60 million asians
> have been slaughtered this century in asian societies that socialists
> have always pointed to as wonderfully organised, socialised, and
> 'peaceful'.

"Collective Stress"?

I would place the blame on the fact that centralized power, creates situations where there is a lot of power without accountability attached to it. And those who have the power feel free to toy with the lives of those they rule. They may chose to conduct social experiments (like our government), mass genocide, or start wars; all on a whim.