Wednesday, December 14, 2005

The news is out: Governments kill

And now the bad news: Democide researcher RJ Rummel has re-calculated the number of people killed by their government across the ravaged twentieth-century. The number is a staggering 262,000,000.
Just to give perspective on this incredible murder by government, if all these bodies were laid head to toe, with the average height being 5', then they would circle the earth ten times. Also, this democide murdered 6 times more people than died in combat in all the foreign and internal wars of the century. Finally, given popular estimates of the dead in a major nuclear war, this total democide is as though such a war did occur, but with its dead spread over a century.
As Ayn Rand once said, war is the second worst thing on earth. Totalitarian government is without question the very worst.

Linked Article: New Estimate of 20th Century Democide as 262,000,000
Related: History-Twentieth_Century, Socialism, Politics-World

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