There is a fascinating and thought provoking article by Jared Diamond in the latest New Yorker. Jared Diamond is the author of such books as Guns, Germs and Steel:The Fate of Human Societies.

This article is about vengeance and how state governments play in the role of removing vengeance from societies. It is absolutely fascinating how other cultures are so fundamentally different than ours, but the need for vengeance may be the same.

Jared Diamond Vengeance article