R. J. Rummel's term for "killing of any person or people by a government, including genocide, politicide and mass murder". It conveniently excludes private and commercial killing such as drug deaths, especially by slow causes such as tobacco and pollution. It also conveniently overlooks lives saved by the efforts of the same governments. Democide numbers are much smaller than the numbers of lives saved by government eradication of smallpox (which killed an estimated 500 million in its last century of existence), let alone other vaccination, potable water and sewerage projects.
- Capitalist Harms (68 links)
- Capitalism doesn't shy from harming people if it is profitable. Capitalism creates slavery, pollution, disease, fraud, inequality, exploitation, black markets, organized crime and other harms. Even worse, it subverts efforts to regulate these harms by government. The overall theme is privatization of profits and socialization of costs. Capitalism largely operates through corporations, which need to be reined in.
- Drug overdoses killed more Americans last year than the Vietnam War [More...]
- "According to the report [CDC 2016], more Americans died from drug overdoses in 2016 than the number of American lives lost in the entirety of the Vietnam War, which totaled 58,200." This is a capitalist harm, exceeding homicides, suicides, and motor vehicle deaths.
- Global Burden of Disease and Risk Factors (book)
- Identifies that DALYs (disability adjusted life years) lost due to intentional violence (1/3 of which are war) are about 4% of the total lost to all disease. Governments have prevented far more deaths than they have caused through violence.
- It Ain't the State [More...]
- Gene Callahan points out that rates of killing are much higher in stateless societies. Excellent discussion in comments.
- Libertarian superstar Ayn Rand defended Native American genocide [More...]
- "New transcript of Rand at West Point in ’74 enthusiastically defends extermination of Native Americans."
- Ten Great Public Health Achievements -- United States, 1900-1999 [More...]
- "Since 1900, the average lifespan of persons in the United States has lengthened by greater than 30 years; 25 years of this gain are attributable to advances in public health."
- The Alcohol Industry (3 links)
- The alcohol industry is responsible for roughly 6 times more deaths than are due to violence. In addition, there are high secondhand harms. Taxation to raise the price and bans on advertising are very effective at reducing sales and demand. Worldwide, public health measures are reducing consumption.
- The Immediate Global Costs of Pollution [More...]
- "The studies suggest that roughly 8.4-9.0 million people die each year from pollution... one set of estimates suggests that the costs of pollution might be about $4.6 trillion, or equal to about 6.2% of global national income... The Lancet Commission is saying that steps to reduce climate change would pay for themselves in terms of avoided mortality in air pollution."
- The Tobacco Industry (8 links)
- The tobacco industry is notorious for its enormous public relations battle to preserve its ability to addict new generations of children. Science denialism, suppressed and secret research, legislative blockages, avoiding FDA oversight, and other tactics result in an industry that is still responsible for 300,000 US deaths per year and 5 million worldwide (growing rapidly.)
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