The Future Of Violence by Benjamin Wittes & Gabriella Blum
The Future Of Violence is an interesting and thought provoking read. At times it bogs down a little like a text book but for the most part quite thought provoking. The authors address issues caused by the capabilities through technical innovation in many fields like biotech, artificial intelligence, drones and many more, making it much more possible for individuals and small groups to have the ability to inflict great harm.
In the past it was primarily large players like governments/countries that have the capability to do such harm. This distribution of capability to conduct violence and harm has many ramifications in terms of governing and policing. Innovation often causes such major shifts and changes the world.
To make a long story short I found their discussion to be thought provoking and useful however, I think they tried to make a somewhat stealthy justification for one world government vs sovereign nations which I truly DO NOT agree with in any way what so ever. I also take issue with the authors interpretation of the U.S. Constitution in the few instances they addressed it. Their discussion on international cooperation and international law was quite interesting.
Overall their flawed argument and conclusion is a similar argument using changes in technology of firearms to argue against the 2nd Amendment. “If the Founding Fathers knew there would be AR’s they wouldn’t have written the 2nd Amendment” which is so flawed an argument that it only shows the people making it have no understanding of the 2nd Amendment or the intent of it.
These authors use changes in technology to stealthily argue against sovereign nations. Interesting discussion but in my opinion their premise is completely WRONG. Definitely not a book for the masses but a few of you that like to get in the weeds might still enjoy the discussion. So as usual Hit The Books, They Don’t Hit Back!