Is War Over? — A Paradox Explained

  • Published: 09 October 2014
  • We live in the most peaceful time in human history. Wait, what? Seriously? That can't be right, there are more wars than ever! Well, no and they're killing fewer and fewer people, even though the world population is at an all-time high...and the numbers prove it! We explain how we came to this conclusion, and why war might... go away.

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    • First name last Name
      First name last Name  2 weeks back

      Welp so much for that

    • TheArklyte
      TheArklyte  2 weeks back

      @Br2 _yolo nah, relax, this video had specified that only evil eastern block nations can start wars:D

      On a more serious note:

    • Br2 _yolo
      Br2 _yolo  2 weeks back

      Were DOOOOOMED

    • #نانا_و_عصوم #Nana_&_Asomy
      #نانا_و_عصوم #Nana_&_Asomy  4 weeks back

      9 дивних речей, які захопили камери спостереження, ніколи не повірять .. !!

    • CyPryel Von ScherbenKlang
      CyPryel Von ScherbenKlang  1 months back

      "Kommunistische Diktatur" und kein Wort über den "Imperialismus als höchstes Stadium des Kapitalismus" ist das euer ernst? XD

    SWAT BOI -YA  16 hours back


    But most of them are being such ignored like trash,and we know by who.

    • SWAT BOI -YA
      SWAT BOI -YA  16 hours back

      But... now we have the population-pop


      • Radiation king 420
        Radiation king 420  2 days back

        Russia or USA I believe Russia would win

        • Mystery Man
          Mystery Man  2 days back

          0:23 Gay tanks aren’t necessarily peaceful

          • INDRA CHANNEL
            INDRA CHANNEL  2 days back

            Is war over? *Yeah but actually no*

            • Daily Pirate
              Daily Pirate  2 days back

              Is war over

              Me as an intellectual: Non't

              • Giorgio Starostenko
                Giorgio Starostenko  3 days back

                Nope russia didn't invade Ukraine they just toke back their city

                • İbrahim Ethem Çuhadar

                  Beacuse today not use real gun

                  • Stevenlloyd Bacolod
                    Stevenlloyd Bacolod  4 days back

                    War:War with all the countries

                    Philipines:im not part of the war

                    • Iron Kanabo
                      Iron Kanabo  4 days back

                      Liberal democracy as a force for world peace? I've found that more often than not, democracies posses a kind of "fight for freedom" narrative that demagogues use to motivate citizens to invade weaker countries for their resources on the pretext of liberating the population. It is little different from religious wars of conversion. In that regard, democracies are not too dissimilar theocracy. "Freedom" is the new God and just about everyone is lining up to kill in it's name. "No cost is too great" if only it assures democracy, etc, etc.

                      • Jude Furr
                        Jude Furr  4 days back

                        Long on LMT war is coming soon to a theater near you

                        • Goofy McGooferston
                          Goofy McGooferston  5 days back

                          Nuclear MAD is to blame.
                          If you could make Nuclear WMD disappear with a snap, WW III will be here in no time.

                          • sovbez
                            sovbez  5 days back

                            The very first reason why huge states ceased war is not Democracy, but nuclear weapons. Nobody wants to get pizduley so much

                            • sovbez
                              sovbez  5 days back

                              Why Russia is depicted as in war conflict, but USA - is not? USA is leading the most wars on Earth now.

                              • YeEt HaW
                                YeEt HaW  6 days back


                                *Usa has bombed Iran's millitary leader.*

                                • Gamer 1
                                  Gamer 1  6 days back

                                  In 2019 Pakistan country attack on india

                                  • kwpogromca
                                    kwpogromca  7 days back

                                    But... you show the graph that presents deaths in battle per 1 mln. Ppl then you say "even thst the population grows" and show graph of population. Those 2 dont have anything connected, i mean if you have shown first a graph of people dieing in battle instead of people dieing in battle for 1 mln it would make sens, but like this it doesnt make any. I mran still the graph of dieing in battle per 1 mln. Shows thst it is getting lower, so ur thesis is correct, although the 2nd graph is unrelated and just not needed.

                                    • JIMCIRCLE
                                      JIMCIRCLE  6 days back

                                      kwpogromca Uhh, when people die the population decreases

                                  • ShyftTV
                                    ShyftTV  7 days back

                                    “Is war over?”

                                    Donald Trump:

                                    WATCH THIS

                                    • Zero Black
                                      Zero Black  7 days back

                                      Pretty sure the Iranians shot first

                                  • Wa Wi
                                    Wa Wi  1 weeks back

                                    start destroying ALL nuclear weapons today! It's one of the biggest risks of humanity

                                    • sir noobin
                                      sir noobin  1 weeks back


                                      • Ruimin Cheng
                                        Ruimin Cheng  1 weeks back

                                        I want to tell a joke:

                                      • Lukas C
                                        Lukas C  1 weeks back

                                        I propose that we come together and buy a private island and put the makers of Kurzgesagt in charge of a new government

                                        • Arám Al-Kurdy
                                          Arám Al-Kurdy  1 weeks back

                                          As a Syrian I SO can't relate

                                          • MidoLasagna
                                            MidoLasagna  1 weeks back

                                            this title didnt age very well

                                            • KawaiiMoon
                                              KawaiiMoon  1 weeks back

                                              Here before WW4 gang

                                              • KawaiiMoon
                                                KawaiiMoon  1 weeks back

                                                *laughs nervously in 2020*

                                                • Tyler Saenz
                                                  Tyler Saenz  1 weeks back

                                                  This aged well

                                                  2015: Wooo! What a great time! No war!

                                                  2020: WW III

                                                  • Cringe Central
                                                    Cringe Central  1 weeks back

                                                    U r all a nitwit

                                                    Fite me peasant

                                                    Or get re-elected

                                                    • Max Green
                                                      Max Green  1 weeks back


                                                      • Ashley plays video games

                                                        I've been watching this for ever and just realize im not subscribed lol *i just did

                                                        • WeebfromJapan
                                                          WeebfromJapan  1 weeks back

                                                          OH BOY LEMME TELL YOU THE YEAR 2020

                                                          • VovaHerdman2004
                                                            VovaHerdman2004  1 weeks back

                                                            Well this was a lie

                                                            • khabbab naji amrani
                                                              khabbab naji amrani  1 weeks back

                                                              this video is meant to cheer up the situation :)

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                                                                • Stephen Sharper
                                                                  Stephen Sharper  1 weeks back


                                                                  • Saniku
                                                                    Saniku  1 weeks back


                                                                    • Diosensopp *_*
                                                                      Diosensopp *_*  1 weeks back

                                                                      2020: SURPRISE MOTH****CKER

                                                                      • Dr Jp
                                                                        Dr Jp  1 weeks back

                                                                        Democracy doesn't help to keep peace...making war is a factor which unites ppl (collectivism) and make them forget internal national problems because there's a foreign target at priority.

                                                                        Global and more intensive trading, mostly, and more advanced weapons (nuclear ones) are the major reasons why there are very fewer wars compared to human history.

                                                                        • Soviet Union
                                                                          Soviet Union  1 weeks back

                                                                          2020 be like nah mate ww3 bouta happen

                                                                          • Matias Romo
                                                                            Matias Romo  1 weeks back

                                                                            2020: not too fast my boy

                                                                            • Blue Nosed Fish
                                                                              Blue Nosed Fish  2 weeks back

                                                                              2:59 looks bad taken out of context

                                                                              • Robert E.O Speedwagon
                                                                                Robert E.O Speedwagon  2 weeks back

                                                                                People in 2020: hahahahahahahhahahahahahahha

                                                                                • Timothy Manukian
                                                                                  Timothy Manukian  2 weeks back

                                                                                  Time for WWIII bois!

                                                                                  • Burger guy
                                                                                    Burger guy  2 weeks back

                                                                                    2014: war is over!
                                                                                    2020: sike!

                                                                                    • Le Billy
                                                                                      Le Billy  2 weeks back


                                                                                      • Test Test
                                                                                        Test Test  2 weeks back

                                                                                        War war never fails

                                                                                        • Ali Shawaf
                                                                                          Ali Shawaf  2 weeks back

                                                                                          Oh boy