It’s been said before, but it’s certainly worth saying again. Not only does the free market lead to material wealth, but it reduces violence.
On a recent episode of the podcast “Question of the Day,” co-host Stephen Dubner reads a question from a listener: Why haven’t humans evolved as a species away from aggression? Dubner and James Altucher deal with the question in a rather roundabout way. Altucher points out that, really, aggression has dropped for as long as we’ve recorded the data. Specifically, the percentage of violent deaths keeps declining. “As a species, we have been evolving passed aggression and I think a lot of that has to do with trade,” He says. “All these methods of trade have actually limited aggression because I no longer need to invade your country to get your resources. We can trade resources instead. And then it benefits us to be nice to each other.”
Of course, this also presents a new question: Why do people perceive that there’s more aggression now? Dubner and Altucher also address in the episode.
Listen to their podcast via Soundcloud below. They start talking about “aggression” at 1:38.