Guy de Lusignan: Give me a war.
Reynald de Chatillon: That is what I do.
--Kingdom of Heaven
Years ago, when people act 'uncivilized,' they used force to get what they want. Collectively, force was dependent on size--the number of people behind the force. "There's strength in numbers," as the saying goes.
Today, when people act 'civilized,' they still use force to get what they want. Through democratic process, they amass a majority that contracts with strong armed agents to do their bidding. Minorities must comply or risk bodily harm.
There is still strength in numbers. What has changed is that, unlike times past, people now live under the pretense that they no longer behave like their ancestral barbarians.