Responding to President Barack Obama‘s recent assertion that “the world is less violent than it has ever been,” Fox anchorwoman Martha MacCallum took to Twitter this morning to express her incredulity at such a claim.
Speaking with Tumblr CEO David Karp during last week’s Q&A at the White House, the president said:
If you had to choose any moment to be born in human history, not knowing what your position was going to be, who you were going to be, you’d choose this time. The world is less violent than it has ever been. It is healthier than it has ever been. It is more tolerant than it has ever been. It is better fed then it’s ever been. It is more educated than it’s ever been.
Though the preponderance of evidence shows that to be correct (see: research from Steven Pinker, Hans Rosling, and Julian Simon), MacCallum tweeted what seems like genuine disbelief and/or skepticism that the president would make such a claim:
The world is less violent than it has ever been before: Pres. Obama Really?
— martha maccallum (@marthamaccallum) June 16, 2014
Of course, she likely assumes the world is more violent because of the horrific Syrian civil war and the unfolding Iraqi crisis, but, the facts and long-term trends show otherwise. Now, if only the president could be so understanding of long-term trends on violent crime within the United States.
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