Monday, March 4, 2013

Democide, Politicide, Genocide, and Mass Murder

Democide: The murder of any person or people by a government, including genocide, politicide and mass murder. Democide is not necessarily the elimination of entire cultural groups but rather groups within the country that the government feels need to be eradicated for political reasons and due to claimed future threats.
Politicide: The gradual but systematic attempt to cause the annihilation of an independent political and social entity. The deliberate physical destruction of a group whose members share the main characteristic of belonging to a political movement.
Genocide: A coordinated plan of different actions aiming at the destruction of essential foundations of the life of national groups, with the aim of annihilating the groups themselves. The disintegration of the political and social institutions, of culture, national feelings, religion, and the economic existence of national groups, and the destruction of the personal security, liberty, health, dignity, and even the lives of the individuals belonging to such groups."

1 comment:

  1. In the 20th century, democide passed war as the leading cause of non-natural death (according to Rudolph Joseph Rummel, professor emeritus of political science at the University of Hawaii).