Khaab Khayaal Saraab

Tuesday, April 15, 2003

There is an assumption expressed repeatedly that we live in an era that is more civilized than previous ones. But consider this: Before this era, there were, you will agree, times and places where people lived without a fear of life and limb. Now consider this: a formal, full-time police force is a pretty recent innovation. So how is it that in this more "advanced" society, we have to have a full-time force to prevent a breakdown of order?

Also, consider this: an Iranian just said to me, "I lived in a country once, where didn't have any government for 6 months. There was no looting."