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Power tends to corrupt, and
absolute power corrupts absolutely.
Power kills; absolute power kills
----This Web Site
It is true
that democratic freedom is an engine of national and individual wealth and
prosperity. Hardly known, however, is that freedom also saves millions of lives
from famine, disease, war, collective violence, and democide (genocide and mass
murder). That is, the more freedom, the greater the human security and the less
the violence. Conversely, the more power governments have, the more human
insecurity and violence. In short: to our realization that power impoverishes
we must also add that power kills.
theoretical analysis, historical case studies, empirical data, and quantitative
analyses, this web site shows that:
is a basic human right recognized by the United Nations and international
treaties, and is the heart of social justice.
is an engine of economic and human development, and scientific and
ameliorates the problem of mass poverty.
people do not suffer from and never have had famines, and by theory,
should not. Freedom is therefore a solution to hunger and famine.
people have the least internal violence, turmoil, and political
people have virtually no government genocide and mass murder, and for good
theoretical reasons. Freedom is therefore a solution to genocide and mass
murder; the only practical means of making sure that "Never
people do not make war on each other, and the greater the freedom within
two nations, the less violence between them.
is a method of nonviolence--the most peaceful nations are those whose
people are free.
of this web site, then, is to make as widely available as possible the
theories, work, results, and data that empirically and historically,
quantitatively and qualitatively, support these conclusions about freedom. This
is to invite their use, replication, and critical evaluation, and thereby to
advance our knowledge of and confidence in freedom--in liberal democracy. It is
to foster freedom.
Pray tell, my brother,
Why do dictators kill
and make war?
Is it for glory; for things,
for beliefs, for hatred,
Yes, but more,
because they can.
IMPORTANT NOTE: Among all the democide estimates appearing on this
website, some have been revised upward. I have changed that for Mao's famine,
1958-1962, from zero to 38,000,000. And thus I have had to change the overall
democide for the PRC (1928-1987) from 38,702,000 to 76,702,000. Details here.
changed my estimate for colonial democide from 870,000 to an additional
50,000,000. Details here.
Thus, the new
world total: old total 1900-1999 = 174,000,000. New World total = 174,000,000 +
38,000,000 (new for China) + 50,000,000 (new for Colonies) = 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.
Contact E-mail: Rummel at Hawaii.edu