Deterrence and Human Nature

Deterrence is the strategy of persuading someone in advance not to do something, often by raising the likelihood of punishment.

But in the 21st century, we apparently think deterrence is Neanderthal and appeals to the worst aspects of our natures. The alternative view insists that innately nice people respond better to discussion and outreach.

History is largely the story of the tensions between, and the combination of, these two very different views of human nature — one tragic and one therapeutic.

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  • Shebel

    There is and never has been anything therapeutic about submission to your Enemy.
    Ask a Native.

  • Shebel

    Strange—- You look at the signs in the Pic and all those people are submitting.
    Not much Pride in that bunch. No Warriors.

    Anybody that says Islam and Muslims are Fools—- is delusioned. . .
    They are almost as smart as TRUMP.

  • V10_Rob

    Why can’t we be nice AND deterring?

    “Speak softly, and carry a big stick”

    • They’re too cowardly to carry a big stick, so they just do the speak softly (beg for mercy) part.