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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    • patates adam
      patates adam  2 weeks back

      No it will never stop
      america says u cant buy russian S400s
      To us
      And what the hell france , england and america does at mediterranean sea!?

    • Astroman 2.0
      Astroman 2.0  2 months back

      Thank you for Czech flag

    • Alfredo Breceda
      Alfredo Breceda  2 months back

      Kurzgesagt _ in a Nutshell - Could you please explain why Mexico is highlighted as a territory in war. In general Mexicans do not think we have any war

    • NothingButContent
      NothingButContent  2 months back

      Kurzgesagt – In a Nutshell, please make a follow up 2019 version of this video

    • Miguel Aguilera
      Miguel Aguilera  2 months back

      Your chile flag was awful xd

  • Tetagonic
    Tetagonic  7 hours back

    Violence in movies and sex on tv

    • Zeropiano /Zero Network
      Zeropiano /Zero Network  16 hours back

      there will be war, idealogies never truly die, they wilt and reborn under peaceful times, when we are weakest

      • Abdullah Hamad
        Abdullah Hamad  21 hours back

        You have almost nothing intelligent to say on the topic. -Warrior

        • Nova Zelândia - Aotearoa

          Do jeito que esse mundo está não devemos nos iludir com isso.

          • Mineta Minoru
            Mineta Minoru  1 days back

            15 000 nukes seems legit

            • Tops Dev
              Tops Dev  1 days back


              • Matthew Smith
                Matthew Smith  2 days back

                Another is nukes. Love them or hate them they have prevent more conflicts than they have caused.

                • Matthew Smith
                  Matthew Smith  2 days back

                  Only the dead will see the end of war

                  - Plato -

                  • Fascist Russia
                    Fascist Russia  2 days back

                    If you think that conflict is really over...
                    You are wrong, my friend.
                    Well, "friend".

                    • KeRen Tan
                      KeRen Tan  2 days back

                      4:47 "Who wants cupcakes?"

                      • Crusty Steel
                        Crusty Steel  2 days back

                        Kurtzgesagt: We are in a peaceful era

                        India, Pakistan, USA, Russia, China, UK, Israel, Palestine, Iraq, Syria, Libya, Yemen, Saudi Arabia, Iran, Afghanistan and the entire of Africa:
                        *ALLOW US TO INTRODUCE OUR SELVES*

                        • Crusty Steel
                          Crusty Steel  2 days back

                          Kurtzgesagt: War is over!
                          Kashmir: *Allow me to introduce myself*

                          • Crusty Steel
                            Crusty Steel  2 days back

                            India: Hey Pakistan, do you want to disprove this video?

                            Pakistan: *Loading it’s shotgun* Yeah why not

                            • Louis Vanden Broucke
                              Louis Vanden Broucke  2 days back

                              IMPORTANT: congo was established by leopold the douche, as the congo freestate, and was suposed to be a free trade sort of deal, he got it because none of the major powers wanted another major power to have it, and because he had played an active role in driving arab slavers out of central africa (though let's be honest, slavery and forced labour is just a difference of branding)

                              his congo freestate was a dystopia in which abuse was common, but the narative was not so much one of white against black, white elites were cruel one particular captain had heads decorating his flowerbeds, but most of the cruelty was done by black force publique soldiers against the congolese, you see more than 90% of the force publique was locally recruited, and their main duty was in maintaining a constant supplie of raw materials to the corporations that were active in congo, which were owned by a small royalist elite and the royal family itsself

                              in fact i am flemish, our people were second class in Belgium up until 1968, 8 years after congo gained independence.

                              today to many feel the need to parrot ideas of white oppression and white privilege, that it was white peoples fault, in reallity the grand majority of white people gained nothing from colonisation and in fact this was during the period in which children died in factories on a dayly basis, a time in which only French speakers could hold public positions including postman, a time in which trials and politics were only conducted in French, which caused several inocent people to not be able of defending themselves in cases and end up executed because they were not even aware of what charges were held against them……

                              no the blame should be put on the families that did extort the congolese people, as well as all the force publique members, the royal family still enjoys the spoils of their reign of terror.

                              but there is another thing, in the late 19th or early 20th century international anger and anger in Belgium caused Leopold to turn his colony over to the belgian government. from that moment on it was immediatly decided to seperate the treasuries, under the belgian governance congo became the jewel of africa, but this also caused a rise in african nationalism, especially since, despite the higher rate of comfort for the africans, europeans still lived in more luxury and owned most businesses, in the years leading up to 1960 there was debate about giving independence

                              reason did not win out, congo seemed to be so succesfull that it could take on anything, those calling for a gradual retreat out of congolese affairs, training a capable generation of administrators and politicians as they pulled out, were made out for being against the independance in general, so in 1960 it was declared, but Belgian interests did not die there

                              the cold war was raging, and congo was the supplier of uranium for the US, and Lumumba had been talking to the USSR, it is likely that being a socialist himself he was about to ally with the USSR, so Belgian secret service CIA and seperatists worked together, the pm was taken down and eventually killed, official reports state that it was due to seperatist rebels, in reality he was simply executed during transit,the seeds of the warzone were sown, combine lack of expertise with all of this, (also lumumba had openly insulted the royals, baldwin was not the saint he was made out to be I have no doubt about that) and congo fell into civil war, into authoritarian dystopian rule and so on, almost as soon as it gained independence

                              POINT, look at the ones doing the abuse, not the race of the abusers, and don't take public oppinion and public history for given fact, there was a lot more to it than meets the eye

                              • enrique palomarez
                                enrique palomarez  2 days back

                                And here we are

                                • Miguel Fierro
                                  Miguel Fierro  3 days back

                                  WHOOOOA, USA STARTED THE WARS THEY WANTED...

                                  • Miguel Fierro
                                    Miguel Fierro  3 days back

                                    Until the United States of America gets wiped out completely by Yellowstone and gigatomic EARTHQUAKES, war will still be a thing.

                                  • Tipsy Mite
                                    Tipsy Mite  3 days back

                                    Where are these democratic places you speak of...? xD

                                    • Lilej Ka
                                      Lilej Ka  3 days back

                                      Who want cupcakes? :)

                                      • darijus
                                        darijus  3 days back

                                        chinese goverment doesnt approve the democratic good

                                        • Rus
                                          Rus  3 days back

                                          Well boys we did it. War is no more

                                          • Kiernan Connolly
                                            Kiernan Connolly  3 days back

                                            Also nukes if any superpowers fought each other the conflict would likely end in a apocalypse

                                          • TLK Games
                                            TLK Games  3 days back

                                            Стоп!!!! Это не русские напали на Украину, это сама Украина напала на своих граждан на восточной Украине! Прекратите врать!

                                            • Dead
                                              Dead  3 days back

                                              To keep it simple and short. No. War is not over.

                                              • Gustavo Fenilli
                                                Gustavo Fenilli  4 days back

                                                wow a kurzgesagt video where humanity isn't wiped out.

                                                • AudileYeti
                                                  AudileYeti  4 days back

                                                  *Nevile Chamberlin has joined the chat*

                                                  • Trans Woman
                                                    Trans Woman  4 days back

                                                    yusyans inyeveyedeeng yuukraeene bebebebebebebebe *gibberish*

                                                    • ACD Gamer
                                                      ACD Gamer  4 days back

                                                      Israel is not fighting Palestine. State terrorism is imposed on Israeli Palestinians.

                                                      • Nithion
                                                        Nithion  4 days back

                                                        The cyber war is happening right under our noses

                                                        • Nithion
                                                          Nithion  2 days back

                                                          Felipe Correia Borges time to go live with Buddhist monks lol

                                                        • Felipe Correia Borges
                                                          Felipe Correia Borges  3 days back

                                                          @Nithion Well, I do not live in Russia. Or China. So what happens there doesn't affect me. Neither does affect you (I'm assuming you don't live in Russia or China). Russia and China have been dping this kind of "internet regulation" business for years, perhaps even decades. They have always had a solid internal political network for this kind of stuff since the times of Cold War. But it is unlikely that something of this level will ever happen, let's say, the United States. I would also include Europe, but I don't think they count anymore, lol. But luckily, I live in a (relatively) safe and non authoritarian country that although have many restrictions regarding economy, they don't hold any power towards the internet and it would take years of harsh effort so they can could manage to fully control our network. And that is if they ever manage to do so. The Internet here, unlike in Europe, is something so strong in our culture and everyday lives that if they took away our freedom, you can be sure there would be something like a civil war (okay, I'm exaggerating, but there would definitely be harsh active opposition). Also, I live in a US zone of influence, so f*ck the EU, hehe.

                                                          And I don't use Facebook or most social media anyways, so Zuckerberg's got nothing on me, haha. Only thing that worries me, though, is the massive and obvious censorship that has been occurring inside YouTube and Facebook. There's obviously something strange and suspicious going on and I'm damn sure the bots watching over us are not bugged... I believe YouTube itself is not the one or one of those behind this, but rather being controlled and blackmailed by someone else. Just remember the incident with Wall Street Journal in 2017. As for Facebook, I'm not sure whether it is being forced by someone else to do censorship aswell or if it willingly joined this conspirancy. But there are reports that even newly, independent crated social medias that are trying to provide an unregulated freedom of speech are also getting external pressure by someone up in the hierarchical chain to either restrict itself to the same set of rules to limit our freedom of speech as YouTube and Facebook or to completely shut down. Who are these people that are forcing all modern, independent internet media to practice this censorship and abide to the will of the big corporations? Nodoby knows for sure, and they won't tell us. But it's obvious that there is a group or groups of people behind this with political interests and maybe even in direct charge of political positions. And I am afraid of this, because while they cannot take away our food with cyberwarfare, they can pretty well take away our freedom of speech with it.

                                                        • Nithion
                                                          Nithion  3 days back

                                                          Felipe Correia Borges I see your point, but the Chinese and Russian governments actually control their nations internet. They literally make it impossible to look up certain topics without bypassing it entirely using the dark web. The average person doesn’t know how to even get on the dark web let alone know what it is. I dare you to google “child p***” and see what happens lmao. Also google search your full name and you’ll find more info than you’d like on yourself. It’s so easy to ruin someone’s life by stealing their identity

                                                        • Felipe Correia Borges
                                                          Felipe Correia Borges  3 days back

                                                          @Nithion But you're getting out of consideration that nowadays not everything depends on the government. Or at least _could_ possibly do so. The world's economy is getting more and more descentralized. They can't make harm to a nation by hacking the government if the government doesn't hold power over most of these important sectors of an economy. It's easy to f*ck with a centralized system if you hit the "heart" which the other parts depend upon, but it's hard to hack and neutralize every single computer in the world if they don't have any direct interdependence between eachother, hence why it's impossible to fight against online piracy, for example. You take down a source, and another one or ten will raise somewhere...

                                                          But still, I'm not sure how these things work, so I might actually have gotten something wrong or inaccurate, lol.

                                                        • Felipe Correia Borges
                                                          Felipe Correia Borges  3 days back

                                                          @Nithion Makes sense, lol

                                                      • Jamy Chong
                                                        Jamy Chong  4 days back

                                                        How on Earth do you pronounce Kurgesagt??

                                                        • konstak05
                                                          konstak05  4 days back

                                                          Anyone watching this after world war 3?

                                                          • Dryhub LLC.
                                                            Dryhub LLC.  5 days back

                                                            Why dont u check iraq and syria oh and Afghanistan and maybe africa just because the media doesnt cover it that doesnt mean it doesnt exist

                                                            • Felipe Correia Borges
                                                              Felipe Correia Borges  3 days back

                                                              Still, the frequency of wars have reduced a lot. I'm not saying it doesn't axist anymore. Yes, of course it still exists and may actually never completely end, but compared to what it was centuries ago, it's surprisingly low. Back in those days, the whole world was at constant wars (not just WW1 and WW2). Now it's just Africa and Middle East. For now, at least... Because who knows? Maybe we are really just experimenting an anomaly and wars as they were before may actually make a comeback.

                                                          • UltraMegaZorus
                                                            UltraMegaZorus  5 days back

                                                            Absolutely retarded video

                                                            • Peter Richard-Johnson
                                                              Peter Richard-Johnson  5 days back

                                                              Because people fight wars on Twitter and Facebook now

                                                              • Max4Million
                                                                Max4Million  6 days back

                                                                I’m just thinking can we humans ever be satisfied? It seems we always want something no matter where we are, how much we’ve got or how peaceful it is we always find something to complain about and always want more.

                                                              • MasterQL5
                                                                MasterQL5  6 days back

                                                                Modern-Day Superpowers in a nutshell:
                                                                You all have to do things through diplomacy, war is horrific. And if you go to war i will stop you.
                                                                *Proceeds to declare war themselves.*

                                                                • MasterQL5
                                                                  MasterQL5  6 days back

                                                                  How am i gonna expand the territory of my nation now?

                                                                  • MasterQL5
                                                                    MasterQL5  4 days back

                                                                    @I like cookies Very good point indeed.
                                                                    Diplomacy is the only way of expansion then, apart from creating new land ofc.

                                                                  • I like cookies
                                                                    I like cookies  4 days back

                                                                    @MasterQL5 It's impossible because Belguim has Nato on their side (if we attack) , so trying to annex Flanders is impossible.

                                                                  • MasterQL5
                                                                    MasterQL5  5 days back

                                                                    @I like cookies For being of Dutch descent. I feel embarrased for not being able to come up with that myself.
                                                                    How do i regain lost territory of my nation now? (Example: Flanders)

                                                                  • I like cookies
                                                                    I like cookies  5 days back

                                                                    Create your own land, just like the Netherlands did.

                                                                • BLOLOK MOLOK VEĽKÝ PROROK

                                                                  “NO LOOKING BACK NOW,LONG LIVE THE KAISER!”- ww1
                                                                  “ NO MORE PEACE NOW,LONG LIVE DEMOCRACY!”- ww3?

                                                                  • Spectrum The Video Game

                                                                    War has just evolved. Looking at cyber warfare alone there are 1000s of attacks per day

                                                                    • Its115
                                                                      Its115  6 days back

                                                                      Why? Because we are becoming too unattached from reality and living without thinking about our actions hence the current climate problem which many nations are devoting more to

                                                                      • Philipxander
                                                                        Philipxander  6 days back

                                                                        Nuclear weapons is the reason.

                                                                        • Felipe Correia Borges
                                                                          Felipe Correia Borges  3 days back

                                                                          _One_ of the reasons, actually. There are multiple other factors that come together.

                                                                      • delta -bird-thing-donkey siri jk

                                                                        If we want more conflicts to stop we need 1st world countries need to start helping 3rd world countries develop

                                                                        • Domi
                                                                          Domi  6 days back

                                                                          I see a police box. Nice insider from Dr. Who 3:55
                                                                          It seems that I'm a little bit late.

                                                                          • d
                                                                            d  6 days back

                                                                            Thanks to America the land of the free because of the brave 🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸

                                                                            • Austin Eybers
                                                                              Austin Eybers  6 days back

                                                                              y war without drugs but no drugs without war

                                                                              • Joks iZantos
                                                                                Joks iZantos  7 days back

                                                                                I thought it was just africa and middle east, whats happening on the america continent side? Cartel shootouts?

                                                                                • Ununquadium 289
                                                                                  Ununquadium 289  7 days back

                                                                                  Respect borders and autonomy of other countries:
                                                                                  -izrael has left the group
                                                                                  -usa has left the group
                                                                                  -russia has left the group
                                                                                  -china has left the group