Maybe we need it as a release valve that lets off societal pressure ...
As discussed in the chapter on civilization, non-violence as a tactic for societal change is growing.
If she were unfamiliar with the accepted societal behaviors of a woman on his planet, he couldn't expect her to be any more familiar with the machine.
They are not tales of aberrant individuals but of societal norms.
Although non-violent resistance as a means of bringing about societal change has been around for at least two millennia, recently it has gone mainstream.
This would suggest a policy of classifying nations according to their regulation and working conditions, and enacting legislation that discourages companies from relocating certain operations to places where they can inflict societal harm.
When confronted with any thorny societal problem, I apply the same basic thought process I used on the five topics of this book.
Calculating the actual, societal costs of fatty foods, alcohol, cars, pet ownership, mercury thermometers, air conditioning, solar panels, razor blades, jogging shoes, and ten thousand other things, and incorporating those costs in the prices as taxes would lead to a vastly more efficient allocation of resources.
But in many areas, scarcity is so profound it has huge societal impact.