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Democide: Statistics and Implications

“Power kills and absolute power kills absolutely.” -Lord Acton

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The term democide is widely unrecognized in common everyday language due to its obscure nature, yet it is quite prevalent throughout the history of human existence. Redefined by the political scientist R. J. Rummel, democide is the murder of any person of group of people by the government of a nation, including genocide, politicide and mass murder. There are several variations for the definition of democide which have occurred throughout historical periods, in which these examples can include, but are not limited to, the murdering of political opponents by governments and the systematic killing of minority groups of people who pose an inherent threat or risk to the political, economic or cultural well-being of a nation.

Experts and scholars who have studied democide have come to the conclusion through statistical evidence that the number of people who have died through the acts of democide encompass, approximately, 4 times greater death toll than those people who have died through the acts of war (Scully, 1997a). Rummel (1994) presents that about 170 million people have died throughout the course of the 20th century due to democide, while other estimates represent higher figures of unconfirmed deaths with estimates that escalate from 200 to 350 million within the same time period (Rummel, 1993).

Large numbers of governments around the world, organizations, institutions and people are widely aware of the wars and military conflicts that occur in the world, in which consistent efforts have been applied to eradicate the acts of war and military combat between nations both nationally and internationally. Unfortunately, these have not been extensively covered by the media as other conflicts have. Thus, the majority of the people are not aware of the disturbing numbers and statistics of democide throughout the world in the last 100 years.

One of the major reasons of why governments have systematically killed thousands or millions of people in their respective countries lies in the ideologies, political and economic objectives. Democide is exercised to maintain or increase power, intimidate, subjugate, demoralize and dehumanize opposition (Bourne, 1918; Scully, 1997b) and to increase the power of the state (Bourne, 1918). Scholars have agreed that the majority of countries who have experienced high levels of democide are countries that were influenced by extreme leftist, communist or authoritarian ideologies, such as the Soviet Union, China, or Cambodia (Falconer, 2003; Scully, 1997a; Scully, 1997b).

Other trends have presented that impoverished countries where the income per capita is low, tend to have higher rates of democide, as it is argued that the income per capita is the best predictor of potential insurgencies and civil wars (Falconer, 2003). Countries with developed economies and a higher income per capita tend to have reduced levels of democide (Falconer, 2003). Scully (1997b) further explains, “Democidal governments in higher per capita income nations may exercise self restraint.”

Nonetheless, democracies are not entirely protected from the atrocities of democide, in fact some democracies have inflicted it on other systems (Scully, 1997b), as pathological thinking is borderless. Jung (1957) warned us that democracies consist of de-individualized (and de-based) persons and are prone to extreme individualists or arrant subjectivism.

Limited research has focused on the longitudinal implications of democide. Statistics show that millions of children end up as orphans, especially in the most impoverished areas of Africa where abandoned children lack the necessary social support for a good mental health. Neglected and abandoned children grow up with high levels of mental instability, hatred, and deep resentment (Whitfield, 1987). Furthermore, toughness comes at a price of emotional numbness and emptiness. These children are more likely to experience addictions, since their external environment of early adversity and suffering produces an abnormal brain development (Mate, 2008). This translates to an emergence of millions of children with behavioral problems, who may adopt nefarious lifestyles to become the statistics of an unproductive portion of society. Moreover, without undermining the horror experienced by the dead and living victims of democide, economies of countries are also affected. Scully (1997b) indicates that, on average, democide makes a country 20 percent poorer by reducing its tax base.

A democidal system dominated by pathological leaders, also termed as pathocracy by Lobaczewski (2004), perpetually functions due to public’s silence acquiescence and the unquestionable obedience to authority. Snow (as cited in Milgram, 1974) points to the importance of obedience when he writes: “When you think of the long and gloomy history of man, you will find more hideous crimes have been committed in the name of obedience than have ever been committed in the name of rebellion.” Milgram’s (1974) obedience experiments have shown that public safety can be undermined by mentalities that have the facility to execute the most horrific acts while following orders from a higher authority.  Moreover, in an article entitled “The Dangers of Obedience,” Laski (1929:6) wrote, “[…] civilization means, above all, an unwillingness to inflict unnecessary pain. Within the ambit of that definition, those of us who heedlessly accept the commands of authority cannot yet claim to be civilized men.”

The scope of democide throughout the history of humankind has been well documented statistically, and scholars remain clear that authority and power that governments have over their people can become pathological to satisfy the demands and wants of ruthless political individualists. Laski (1929) states, “government is necessary enough in all conscience, but there must be limits to its empire.” As many of the government’s crimes are carried out in the name of a greater good, the major philosophical flaw is the legalization, validation, normalization, even glorification of the use of violence or force to eradicate opposition. Let us not forget that violence begets violence, and even good intentions can become universal bullying. Many argue that some endings may justify the means, but others question these justifications as lacking ethical depth thus unworthy of any moral differentiation.

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References

Bourne, R. (1918).  War is the health of the state. Part of an unfinished and unpublished essay. Retrieved from http://wwi.lib.byu.edu/index.php/Books,_Special_Topics_and_Commentaries

Jung, C. (1957). The undiscovered self: The dilemma of the individual in modern society. London, UK: Routledge.

Laski, H.J. (1929). The dangers of obedience. Harper’s Monthly Magazine. Vol 159 (949): 1-11.

Lobaczewski, A. (2005). Political Ponerology: A science on the nature of evil adjusted for political purposes. New York, NY: Red Pill Press.

Mate, G. (2008). In the realm of hungry ghosts: Close encounters with addictions. Berkeley, CA: North Atlantic Books.

Milgram, S. (1974). Obedience to authority: An experimental view. New York, NY: Harper and Row Publishers Inc.

Rummel, R.J. (1993). Appendices: Centi-kilo murderers, 1900–1987. Haiku Institute of Peace Research.

Rummel, R.J. (1994). Death by government. New Brunswick, NJ: Transaction.

Rummel, R.J. (1997). Statistics of democide: Genocide and mass murder since 1900. Honolulu, Hawaii: University of Hawaii. Retrieved from http://www.hawaii.edu/powerkills/NOTE5.HTM

Scully, G.W. (1997a). Democide and genocide as rent-seeking activities. Netherlands: Kluwer Academic Publishers.

Scully, G.W. (1997b). Murder by the state. Dallas, Texas: National Center for Policy Analysis. Retrieved from http://www.ncpa.org/pdfs/st211.pdf

Snow, C.P. (1961). Science and government. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press.

Whitfield, C.L. (1987). Healing the child within: Discovery and recovery for adult children of dysfunctional families.  Deerfield Beach, Fl: Health Communications Inc.

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Lifting the Veil Video

A video on the failure of capitalist ‘democracy’.

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Quote: Bertrand Russell on the scientific outlook

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Presumed Guilty (Presunto Culpable) Documentary

A documentary about the judicial system in Mexico (In Spanish, subtitled in English).

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Bisphenol-A and chemicals found in baby bottles

A TV report about the dangereous chemicals and Bisphenol-A found in plastic products and baby feeding bottles.

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Debtocracy

For the first time in Greece a documentary produced by the audience. “Debtocracy” seeks the causes of the debt crisis and proposes solutions, hidden by the government and the dominant media. For more information go to http://www.debtocracy.gr/indexen.html

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Lexis: Schadenfreude

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Thought Question: Abortion

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Declassified: Human Experimentation

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Video: The Disappearing Male

“We are conducting a vast toxicological experiment in which our children and our children’s children are the experimental subjects.” Dr. Herbert Needleman

The Disappearing Male is about one of the most important, and least publicized, issues facing the human species: the toxic threat to the male reproductive system.

The last few decades have seen steady and dramatic increases in the incidence of boys and young men suffering from genital deformities, low sperm count, sperm abnormalities and testicular cancer.

At the same time, boys are now far more at risk of suffering from ADHD, autism, Tourette’s syndrome, cerebral palsy, and dyslexia.

The Disappearing Male takes a close and disturbing look at what many doctors and researchers now suspect are responsible for many of these problems: a class of common chemicals that are ubiquitous in our world.

Found in everything from shampoo, sunglasses, meat and dairy products, carpet, cosmetics and baby bottles, they are called “hormone mimicking” or “endocrine disrupting” chemicals and they may be starting to damage the most basic building blocks of human development.

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We Steal Secrets: The Story of Wikileaks

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Peter Schiff – The Fed Unspun: The Other Side of the Story

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“Ben Bernake fancies himself as a student of the Great Depression,” says renowned investment broker, global strategist, author, and Austrian economist Peter Schiff, “but… if he were my student he would have gotten an F.”

During a lecture entitled “The Fed Unspun: The Other Side of the Story”, Schiff responded to Bernake’s recent four-part college lecture series, rebutting many of the Federal Reserve Chairman’s claims about the cause of the housing crisis, the role of the Federal Reserve, the value of the gold standard, and more.

Cosponsored by the FreedomWorks Foundation and hosted at Reason Foundation’s DC office on March 29, 2012, the lecture was followed by a lively Q&A with the assembled audience, including students who attended Bernanke’s George Washington University lectures.

Shot by Meredith Bragg and Jim Epstein. Edited by Swain. Additional help from Anthony Fisher.

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To Die For: Skull Style and Corpse Chic in Fashion Design, Imagery, and Branding

Jacque Lynn Foltyn | scan.net.au

Introduction

Is fashion something to die for? If one examines the content of fashion magazines, websites, videos, blogs, and fashion itself, the answer is a resounding “yes”. Death is a fashion star, used to sell clothing, accessories, brands, celebrity, magazines, style-based television programming and websites, and cross-media collaborative efforts. From Alexander McQueen and Ralph Lauren to Target and H&M, skulls, crossbones, and skeleton motifs have taken over fashion. Death is the darling of not only the fashion set but also of the masses – and their dogs, who wear skull bedecked cardigans and collars and lounge on skeleton embossed beds. In mainstream fashion and lifestyle magazines, models, actors, stylists, and socialites not only model skull style, they model ‘death’ itself, in gruesome pantomimes of murder, suicide, and eco-disaster. These “corpse chic” (Foltyn, 2008b, 2009) narratives are ‘ripped from the headlines’, but are also inspired by literature, music, cinema, and true-crime television genres; they are the basis for photos shoots for the reality TV program America’s Top Model. In the twenty-first century, and in more ways than one, fashion, to paraphrase Karl Lagerfeld, is not only “ephemeral” and “unfair”; it is “dangerous” (2006).

This article explores the fashioning of death as a mainstream advertising strategy, branding ploy, artistic expression and style trend, and examines its continuity with other representations of death, past and present. Since fashion is about consumption and conformity (Veblen 1902; Simmel 1957); reflects the preoccupations of contemporary culture; can be linked to specific historical and political contexts (Kaiser 1990); and speaks to the characteristics of modern culture itself (Blumer 1969; Baudrillard 1998; Evans 2003), it is argued here that skull style and corpse chic reveal current attitudes about not just contemporary society but about celebrity, beauty, fashion, and death. In turn, this article considers the following questions: Why is death a fashion star? Why are the fashion-obsessed, death-obsessed? Why are beautiful models and actors posing as cadavers? What does the popularity of skull style and corpse chic say about who we are? What does this trend of viewing and wearing death as a fashion statement say about our relation to the Grim Reaper? Finally, how can we reconcile living in a culture in which death is, on the one hand, denied (Becker 1973) and hidden away (Walter 1991), while on the other is a constant grisly presence in our information culture and entertainment society – even something that we wear?

To answer these questions, this article first considers examples, influences, and precursors of skull style and corpse chic, collected through historical research and qualitative methodologies (observation, interviews, content analysis, and visual sociology); and then moves on to a discussion of the larger socio-cultural significance of this deathly fashion trend.

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