The violence pandemic continues unabated, especially in the United States.
We read about horrific incidents in other major countries such as China, India and Russia, but not about massive school and church massacres, about vans dangling random passers-by on sidewalks, about peaceful pedestrians being shot from high-rise buildings. Only in today's United States.
We also see a decline in violence in the United States as the critical group of men aged 18-25 find work. Hopefully not in the military.
How to explain this?
This is something more than the usual American suicide / murder complex.
Is it due to the American cult of violence? Undoubtedly, however, it is changing and now seems to be targeting institutions, not just individuals.
Is it due to capitalism? The system creates winners and losers, especially in the United States, where there is neither a ceiling for profit nor a safety net for the losers.
Is it the media's fault? The over-reporting of violence and the under-reporting of peace make violent crimes appear normal and peaceful acts as criminals.
Is there competition? Becoming a winner in violence can be tempting when regular jobs do not pay off and a career in sports or arts is out of reach.
Is imitation due? Violence seems to be fashionable these days. Join the gang of America's collective individualism.
Is it due to militarism? If my country kills people on a large scale all over the world, why can't I kill all over the country – on a large scale?
Is it due to decline and decay? Is all the killing a normal part of the US decline and fall, and at the same time something you can get a kick off? Adapting as America declines – article in the New York Times, April 23, 2018 – good title, but a bad article.
Five Norwegian "questionable military adventures", all of which were initiated without parliamentary debate. Is Norway a democracy?
All of them. . .