OH, YOU BET!
Governments throughout history have killed more of their own people than have been killed in all wars combined, according to Professor R.J. Rummel of the University of Hawaii. He’s the author on several books which clearly outline the history of “Democide”, or “murder by one’s own government.”
Living a peaceful life, going to school, workin’ a job, or just hanging out to watch a little football, it’s easy to be completely unaware of just how horrible governments can be. And, it’s not in order to sequester a violent uprising, either. If people get in the way, are inconvenient, or merely oppose government doctrine, they have been eliminated by the tens of millions.
Rummel states, “The more power a government has, the more it can act arbitrarily according to the whims and desires of the elite, the more it will make war on others and murder its foreign and domestic subjects.“
He has extensive tables and hundreds of footnotes citing origins of his information in each chapter.
I’ve had atheist friends go on and on about how religion has killed more people than anything else. Well, I’m not going to be able to change their minds about God or not, but, Rummel documents clearly that governments, almost exclusively tyrants, kill innocents by the tens of millions.
Communism sure sounds good, everybody shares, right? With such massive power consolidated into a centrally controlled government, a small group of elites decides on national resources, those they can afford to feed, and those that have to be sent to the Gulag, re-education camps, or otherwise just killed.
Here’s some shocking stats of those killed by their own governments from the 20th century alone…
Why haven’t you heard about this sort of thing before? Well, because the people teaching you are employed by the government, and proponents of bigger government. This information is embarrassing. Better to focus on grizzly wars and lynchings.
Prior to the 20th century, 133 million innocents were killed by their own governments. The table documenting these statistics is long and hard to follow, but Rummel was extremely thorough in his research.
It was common for one nation to invade and defeat another. When the invading armies declared victory and claimed their new lands, they would slaughter the men, women, and children living in cities and countryside.
Rummel’s statistics are through 1987, and he died in early 2014. The killing hasn’t stopped.
Saddam Hussein, ousted dictator of Iraq killed nearly 1 million of his own people. I recall reading an article in Men’s Journal before our invasion of Iraq in 2003 where a reporter documented his visit to a death camp. There were truckloads of bodies with blood pouring out the sides.
In the Darfur region of Sudan, a genocide has exterminated in excess of 480,000 people from 2003 to present.
The Democratic Republic of the Congo, 5.4 million are estimated killed since 1996. Nothing democratic about that.
Syria has exterminated nearly 200,000 of his own citizens in a civil war over just the past few years.
Since 1991, there have been approximately 500,000 casualties in the internal conflicts in Somalia.
The break-up of Yugoslavia left over 100,000 people dead from 1991 to 1998, in countries now known as Croatia, Bosnia, Serbia (and others).
North Korea, since 1994, estimates are as high as 3.5 million people who were starved to death in concentration/labor camps and political prisons but their dictator didn’t want you to see the movie “The Interview” because comedy is offensive?!?
I’m sure Cuban cigars are mighty awesome, but they’re still throwing political prisoners away for years without trials, just cuz you look like a trouble-maker. As a cigar lover – but as freedom lover even more so, I won’t smoke a Cuban cigar.
I wrote this blog, partly to explain the events occurring early in my novel MISSION VERITAS. I can imagine lots of readers would say, “Wait, this sounds too crazy to be possible.” Not true. It’s happening right now, while you’re reading this.
I also wrote it partly because I think everyone should know just how pervasive death by one’s own government is. As Rummel points out, any time you have centralized governments run by a few elites, you wind up with mass extermination of citizens. Mao-Tse-Tung, so highly regarded by present day elitists casually starved millions of his people to make his communist/socialist economic models to fit.
Telltale phrases to watch for that lead to this centralized government and ultimately lethal mentality, are “for the common good,” and “for the greater good.” Who is to decide what is truly “good” for everyone, and what are the limits to the sacrifices you are expected to make? Your freedom, your possessions, your life?
You may also hear things like, “The ends justify the means.” Sounds kind of logical, I suppose, but you have to ask, what exactly are the ends you’re talking about, and what exactly are the means by which you get there? Typically, they mean, “We know exactly how to run everything because we went to the best schools in the world, and the means allow for eliminating dissenters, or whatever else the hell we have to do to get absolute power.”
Here’s a fun phrase, “To make an omelet, you have to break a few eggs.” Wait! Who are the eggs you’re talking about?
This is some serious shit, and it happens all the time, often, right under your nose.