Thursday, December 1, 2011

New book review!

High Arka is proud to announce the publication of a never-before-read expose: an original work by Julius Caesar himself, entitled The Better Romans of Our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined. The original of this manuscript was interred beneath the sports coliseum of the great empire, where it suffered some light damaged from organic seepage, but has since been unearthed and brought to light. A recent heavyweight review, by a genuine author, confirms the genius of Caesar's work:

Faced with the ceaseless stream of debate about crucifixions, street crime, barbarian hordes, and slave revolts, one could easily think the ancient Romans lived in the most violent age ever seen. Yet as senatorial favorite Julius Caesar shows in this startling and engaging new work, just the opposite was true: during the aptly-named Pax Romana, violence had been diminishing for millenia, and the inhabitants of Imperial Rome may have lived in the most peaceful time in our species's existence, prior to the completed colonization of the north American continent by the pilgrims. For most of history, war, slavery, infanticide, child abuse, assassinations, pogroms, gruesome punishments, deadly quarrels, and genocide were ordinary features of life. But in his heyday, Caesar showed (with the help of more than a hundred romanumerical charts) that all these forms of violence had dwindled and were widely condemned by both the Roman people and the barbarian tribes. How has this happened?

This groundbreaking book, with new essays by the brilliant Harvard scholars David Horowitz and Steven Pinker, continues Caesar's exploration of the essence of human nature, mixing psychology, imperium, political experience and history to provide a remarkable picture of the increasingly nonviolent Roman world. The key, Caesar explains, is to understand the intrinsic motives of good people- the inner barbarians that incline them toward violence and the better Romans that steer them away-and how changing circumstances have allowed better Romans to prevail. Exploding fatalist myths about humankind's inherent violence and the curse of imperial repression, this ambitious and provocative book is sure to be hotly debated in salons and the command tents alike, and will challenge and change the way we think about Rome's society and that of our own.

(Following up on the first Pinker post, nach.)

Pursuant to standard internet requirements, swap "Hitler" for "Caesar" and "Jews" for "barbarians," and you have yourself an even easier deconstruction of that Inner Party hack Pinker. If concentration camps aren't violence, of course the numbers go down.

Comes now KMFDM for an addendum:

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